Manch­ester man­ager goes giddy about match-win­ner

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

Manch­ester United man­ager Louis van Gaal wanted to "kiss" Mem­phis De­pay af­ter he scored two goals and made another in his side's 3-1 Cham­pi­ons League play-off win over Club Brugge. United went be­hind to an eighth-minute Michael Car­rick own goal in Tues­day's first leg at Old Traf­ford, but De­pay scored two su­perb goals be­fore tee­ing up sub­sti­tute Marouane Fel­laini for an in­jury-time header that put Van Gaal's team firmly in con­trol of the tie.

A 2-1 win would have given the Bel­gian side real hope of turn­ing the tie around in Bruges next Wed­nes­day and af­ter see­ing De­pay set Fel­laini up for the cru­cial third goal, Van Gaal de­clared: "I want to kiss him tonight."

The line, how­ever, was part of an an­swer in which Van Gaal ex­plained his re­luc­tance to sin­gle out in­di­vid­ual play­ers for praise and the United man­ager said that De­pay's true value to the squad could be seen in the ex­am­ple he set for his younger team­mates.

The goals were De­pay's first since his £25 mil­lion (Dh101 mil­lion or $39.1 mil­lion) switch from PSV Eind­hoven, but Van Gaal was heart­ened that when in­ter­viewed af­ter the game, the 21-year-old winger had rued spurn­ing a chance to com­plete his hat-trick by lift­ing a shot over the bar. "He's never sat­is­fied. I like that," said Van Gaal, a Cham­pi­ons League win­ner with Ajax in 1995, who is bid­ding to lead United into the group phase af­ter their first sea­son out of the com­pe­ti­tion in 19 years.

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