Memphis Depay has been opening up on the troubled period of his career at Manchester United.
Memphis was signed by Louis van Gaal and initially was a big hit on the left wing until his form deserted him. He was later sold by José Mourinho.
And speaking to El Periodico (via @Utdreport), the Dutchman said that it was a difficult time for him.
‘I’ve thought a lot about why it went wrong,’ Depay said.
‘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 [Louis] 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.
‘José 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.
‘[Paul] Pogba and Zlatan [Ibrahimović] 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 that I had to start over and show everyone that I could be one of the best. I had a long contract and a good salary, but I did not feel comfortable. So I left and it was the best decision I could have made.’
Memphis Depay: "I've thought a lot about why it went wrong [at #mufc]. 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 [Louis] van Gaal and his staff." #mulive [@elperiodico]
— utdreport (@utdreport) August 21, 2021
United made a loss on the Dutch international, signing him for €34 million (around £29m) and selling him to Lyon for just €16 million (around £14m).
The player excelled at the French club and his market value increased to €45 million (£38m). He attracted the attention of FC Barcelona, who were able to sign him on a free contract this summer.