Memphis Depay: Manchester United didn’t see better of me
Memphis Depay doesn’t imagine the Manchester United followers noticed the very best of him throughout his 19 months on the membership.
The Dutch ahead, 24, scored seven targets in 53 appearances for United after joining them from PSV Eindhoven for £31m in June 2015.
In January 2017, he left to join Lyon, with whom he faces Manchester Metropolis within the Champions League on Wednesday.
“All people is aware of the story of me and Manchester United was not profitable,” stated the Netherlands worldwide.
“All people can see that and I can really feel it myself. I can look again and say I did not need it to go like that – no one did – however issues occurred.
“After one season, I could not discover myself within the workforce. I used to be nonetheless younger, did not get plenty of alternatives, however I have to say that the primary season I did not put the standard on the desk that I assumed.”
Since transferring to France, Depay has scored 28 instances in 74 appearances for Lyon, together with a formidable 19 in 36 in Ligue 1 final season to assist the membership end third and qualify for the Champions League.
‘He turned up carrying a leather-based jacket and cowboy hat’
On the weekend, certainly one of Depay’s former United team-mates, Wayne Rooney, revealed a failed try to assist the Dutchman ingratiate himself on the membership.
“He got here on at Stoke away and tousled for his or her aim so (supervisor) Louis van Gaal made him play for the reserves the following day,” stated Rooney, who now performs for Main League Soccer franchise DC United.
“I stated, ‘Look, it is a bit troublesome [for you]. Simply do not are available in with all of your fancy stuff.’
“And he turned up for the reserve recreation in his Rolls-Royce, carrying a leather-based jacket and a cowboy hat. And I simply thought, ‘What is the level?’
“However Memphis is a beautiful lad and it is good to see issues going nicely for him now.”
Depay laughed off Rooney’s feedback, insisting that he has realized from his experiences and is now rather more mature.
“Some individuals cannot take a joke and me and Wayne are superb pals,” he stated. “I perceive what he meant with it and that is it.
“It is prior to now and I am a flamboyant man and like good stuff however that does not imply I could not be extra good. I’ve turn into extra mature.
“You undergo experiences in life on and off the pitch. After I got here again right now [to Manchester] I felt like a special particular person.
“I am simply glad that I am the participant I’m right now. I turned a significantly better participant. I can really feel it in video games and everybody can see it.
“For certain, the town remains to be crimson and we’ll attempt to get a great end result towards the Blues.”
Depay admitted, although, that he has not spoken to fellow Dutchman Van Gaal since leaving the membership.
“I’ve seen Van Gaal on the testimonial recreation for Dirk Kuyt and we did not actually discuss it,” he added.
“Sure issues that occurred I do not need to say now in public, I do not really feel prefer it issues any extra as a result of… possibly once I write a guide some day I’ll discuss it however for the second, no.”
De Gea glad to be at United
One participant who’s profiting from his time at United is goalkeeper David de Gea, who says he feels “actually liked” at Outdated Trafford.
The 27-year-old Spain worldwide, who has established himself as one of many world’s finest goalkeepers since becoming a member of from Atletico Madrid in 2011, has been United’s participant of the yr in 4 of the previous 5 seasons.
“I really feel actually liked on this membership – the followers, all of the individuals who work for this membership – so I am actually glad to be at this membership,” stated De Gea, who has frequently been linked with a transfer to Actual Madrid.
“It is among the best golf equipment on this planet so, for me, it is actually good to be a part of this membership.”
De Gea’s present deal expires subsequent summer season, with the choice to increase it by one other yr.
United are additionally in Champions League motion on Wednesday after they face Younger Boys in Switzerland.