Depay talks about his nightmarish stint at Man Utd under Mourinho

Sat 21 August 2021 | 14:22

The Dutch striker had a difficult spell at Old Trafford, with his teammates perplexed about why Jose Mourinho had kept him out.

Memphis Depay has returned to the top at Barcelona after leaving Lyon as a free agent this summer, and the Dutch attacker is aiming to establish himself after a disappointing spell at Manchester United between 2015 and 2017. 

In a £25 million ($34 million) transfer, fellow dutchman

Louis van Gaal

brought the Netherlands international to Old Trafford. However, after being shut out by

Jose Mourinho

, he struggled to reach his maximum potential in the

Premier League

and finally moved to France.

Many teammates, notably

Paul Pogba


Zlatan Ibrahimovic

, were left puzzled by his dismissal by the Portuguese boss, leaving a confident striker with little option but to go on after witnessing a promising development halt. 

Shedding light on his ordeal stint with the Red Devils, Depay has told 

El Periodico


"I've thought a lot about why it went wrong. The first season I had to adapt and it didn't go well compared to my time at PSV.

"I lost a bit of confidence and I lost the confidence of Van Gaal and his staff.

"It was hard for me. The following season I felt like I had more experience, but they changed the coach.

"Jose Mourinho came and I fought to get into the team but I think the idea of giving me a chance was never in his head. He never gave me an opportunity. Never.

"I went to his office but it changed nothing. It was a very difficult period, I felt that I was training well and the players themselves did not understand it.

"Pogba and Zlatan told me:

'Why don't you ever play?' For me that was the confirmation that I had no chance. And I realised that I didn't want to be in a big club without playing


He added:

"I realised [at United] that I had to start over and show everyone that I could be one of the best.

"I had a long contract, of five years, and a good salary, but I did not feel comfortable. So I left and it was the best decision I could have made."

Depay found his spark after joining Lyon in January 2017, scoring 76 goals in 178 outings for the

Ligue 1


Those achievements drew plenty of appreciative looks from afar, with Barcelona showing an early interest since Ronald Koeman's return to Catalunya. 

The Blaugrana had to put it on hold a while, but they finally got their man this summer, and they haven't wasted any time in putting Depay front and center in their plans.

After Lionel Messi's stunning exit, a guy whose technical skill has never been questioned may make a meaningful impact as a talismanic presence under the greatest of spotlights, according to early signs. 

On Saturday, Barcelona and Depay will return to play when they travel to Athletic Club.


source: SportMob