Manchester United Flop Memphis Depay Reveals Why He & Mourinho Had to Part Ways This Summer

Jude Summerfield
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Lyon winger Memphis Depay says he was not good enough for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Much was expected from Depay when he joined the Red Devils from Dutch side PSV, having scored 22 Eredivisie in 30 appearances during the 2014-15 season, but the 23-year-old struggled for form during his brief stay at Old Trafford.

"I have no bitterness towards Mourinho," Depay told beIN Sport, as quoted by ​ESPN.


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"I did what I had to do in training. Of course, I didn't understand his choices, but he was the boss. I had to accept those choices. I think I was not good enough for him. But it's okay, I'm showing my quality here.

"I'll be back to the top and we'll see what will happen.

"Leaving Manchester United? That was not complicated. I'm young, I need to play.

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"When I think about the last time I played a whole 90 minutes before coming here, it was a year ago. It's incredible."

United bought Depay for a fee of £25m, but the Netherlands international could only repay that price with seven goals in 45 appearances under Louis van Gaal. He made four Premier League appearances this season under Mourinho and duly joined Ligue 1 side Lyon in January.

Depay has picked up form quickly in France, scoring five goals and adding two assists in nine league matches for Lyon, including a contender for goal of the season with this beauty: 


Attacking players such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial were all preferred over Depay during the first half of the season, with Lyon forking out a fee believed to be around £16m, potentially rising to £22m.

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