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
, he struggled to reach his maximum potential in thePremier League
and finally moved to France.
Many teammates, notably
, 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 toldEl 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
"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 theLigue 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.