So much stock is being placed in a player yet to display his ability in the big scene. Giggs, assistant manager at Old Trafford is hoping Memphis Depay will bring back the Ronaldo-factor.
Depay was United’s first signing in May and joined from PSV for €30 million. His set piece skill interests Giggs and is looking forward to seeing the Dutch play.
The 21-year-old won the Eredivisie golden boot and young player of the year award after scoring 22 goals – including seven from set pieces – in 30 matches as PSV won the title last season, and Giggs believes his skill and application make him a “United type”.
“He is the type Old Trafford will warm to,” Giggs told The Sunday Times. “He’s an exciting player, but there’s also substance behind it. He was top scorer in the Dutch league and got plenty of assists as well.
“He’s a ‘United’ type. Our fans demand exciting players, players who can get them off their seats and score spectacular goals.
“One thing we probably have lacked since Cristiano – and David Beckham before him – is free kicks. And it looks like Depay has a great track record from free kicks as well.
“Over a season, if you can score more from free kicks and corners it adds up and makes a real difference in winning games. So, no pressure… But hopefully he’ll score 10 free kicks every year.
“Old Trafford is the right stage for a player like him,” said Giggs. “Because if you try things that don’t come off the fans will stay behind you. You’re at a club where they want you to do things off the cuff, to entertain them.”