Robert Pires has claimed that Manchester United made a huge mistake in selling Memphis Depay.
Depay secured a £25 million switch to Manchester United back in 2015, under the management of his fellow compatriot, Louis van Gaal. However, the talented youngster never really managed to prove his worth at the Old Trafford outfit.
The Dutch international scored 7 goals in 53 appearances for the Red Devils, before he eventually decided to part ways with Jose Mourinho and co. in search of regular game-time in January 2017.
A move away from the English club has done wonders for the forward, though, as he seems to be one of Lyon’s most important players, having already bagged 24 goals in 66 games for the Ligue 1 giants.
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In fact, his impressive displays have led many football followers, including Arsenal and France legend Robert Pires, to believe that Manchester United made a gigantic mistake in selling the 24-year-old.
In his recent interview with bwin, Pires claimed: “Memphis Depay is an outstanding player.
“He struggled at Manchester United because it is difficult to change country and enter a new club, a new language and a new environment at such a young age.
“He is now a very important player for Lyon and he is making a big difference in the crucial games. I think Manchester United made a mistake when they sold him and they could regret it.”
However, Depay has previously admitted that leaving United was his own decision, as he needed to play football regularly – something he wasn’t afforded under Mourinho’s management.
“I have no bitterness towards Mourinho,” Memphis was quoted as saying back in March 2017 (via beIN Sport). “I did what I had to do in training.
“Of course, I didn’t understand his choices, but he was the boss. I had to accept those choices. I think I was not good enough for him. But it’s okay, I’m showing my quality here. I’ll be back to the top and we’ll see what will happen.
“Leaving Manchester United? That was not complicated. I’m young, I need to play. When I think about the last time I played a whole 90 minutes before coming [to Lyon], it was a year ago. It’s incredible.”