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Memphis Depay reckons he would have been a star at Man United… if Jose Mourinho had given him a proper chance

Dutch forward believes he needed another full season at Old Trafford in order to truly find his feet in the Premier League

Arguably one of the most disappointing players to play in the Premier League in recent years is Memphis Depay.

But Dutchman reckons he could’ve been a star at Manchester United, if Jose Mourinho had just given him a chance.

Memphis Depay claims Jose Mourinho never gave him the chance to shine

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Memphis Depay claims Jose Mourinho never gave him the chance to shine

The Netherlands international flopped at Old Trafford during his 18 months at the club, failing to even come close to his scintillating PSV Eindhoven form.

In 33 Premier League appearances under Louis van Gaal and Mourinho, Depay scored just twice as he struggled to live up to the pace of English football.

However, he has hit out at Mourinho, blaming him for his career stalling, despite a revival of confidence – after making just four Premier League appearances under the Special One.

Dutch ace Memphis Depay endured a tricky 18 months at Old Trafford

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Dutch ace Memphis Depay endured a tricky 18 months at Old Trafford

Speaking to French outlet L’Equipe, Depay said: “In the first season [under Van Gaal], I didn’t contribute enough.

“But I really believe you need a year to succeed in the Premier League, it’s the fastest league in the world.

“The second, I had my self-belief back, but I didn’t play.

“It’s then that you look at yourself in the mirror and you ask yourself a lot of questions.

“‘Am I not good enough?’ It was really tough. To stay positive, you have to be very strong mentally.

“That experience made me grow up and is useful to me today.”

Memphis Depay has endured a resurgence in form at Lyon

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Memphis Depay has endured a resurgence in form at Lyon

Depay joined United from PSV in the summer of 2015 for a cool £26million and was immediately handed the much-heralded No7 shirt.

Man United inserted a buy-back clause into Memphis Depay's Lyon deal

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Man United inserted a buy-back clause into Memphis Depay’s Lyon deal

However he was sold just a year-and-a-half later to Lyon, with United insisting on a buy-back clause should they want to give the Dutchman another crack.

The 31-cap international has enjoyed a resurgence of sorts in France, netting six Ligue 1 goals in 19 games.

So there could be a life in Manchester for the nippy forward after all.

(But it’s unlikely).


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