Jose Mourinho has explained why Memphis Depay‘s short career at Manchester United didn’t work out.
The Dutchman arrived at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal, but has joined Lyon in a permanent deal after struggling to establish himself in the first-team.
He fell even further down the pecking order under the Portuguese boss and it’s a shame because he’s a player that arrived at the club with high expectations following his impressive showreel from his time at PSV Eindhoven.
Speaking in his press conference, Mourinho cleared any reports claiming his attitude was the problem.
“He was a fantastic professional,” he said.
“If someone thinks it didn’t work because he wasn’t a great professional, that’s totally wrong.
“One thing is some picture that someone takes with him in an amazing car or dressing in a very specific way, but the image is totally wrong. He’s a kid that respected everyone and worked hard to have more chances, a kid that was frustrated because he was not having that.
“When Mr. van Gaal bought him, he did well. He knew him very well from the national team, he was very young in the World Cup, he had flashes of top quality.
“He was playing well in Holland too; we know that the Dutch league is not the same, but he was showing very good things. He didn’t succeed in these 18 months, but he’s very young. It’s important for the club to keep control of this talent and we wish that he plays very well at Lyon. Why not come back here, as everybody likes him.”
Many believed Memphis had the wrong attitude at Man United, but Mourinho claimed he was just frustrated over his lack of game time.
Hopes are he’ll be able to go on and save his career at Lyon as he deserves the chance to develop himself as a player and pick up playing time.