What Memphis Depay Told Jose Mourinho Before Leaving Manchester United

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In June 2015, Memphis Depay completed his move to Manchester United and choose to wear the famous no.7 on his back. Mancunians were excited by his arrival and believed that the Dutchman could become the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

But things didn’t work out. Depay never got used to the physicality of the Premier League which the defenders managed to exploit every weekend.

Former United gaffer Louis Van Gaal gave him multiple opportunities and even tried to use him as a striker, but it didn’t work out and was forced to relegate him to the bench.

Jose Mourinho’s arrival brought a glimmer of hope for the Dutch winger. After 8 appearances in the first half of the 16/17 season, Memphis Depay decided that Manchester United wasn’t the club for him and moved on to Lyon for a reported transfer fee of £22 million,


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Everyone believes that the relationship between Mourinho and Depay might be strained. In a recent interview with The Times, the 24-year old revealed the conservation he had with the United gaffer before leaving for France.

“I said to Mourinho ‘you will see me at the top’,”

“He said, ‘OK, I hope that and I hope we will buy you back one day.’ I never had a bad relationship with him.”


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Manchester United could bring him back to Old Trafford as they inserted a buy-back clause in his Lyon contract.

Mancunians are aware of his impressive performances in the Ligue 1. Memphis Depay has scored 33 goals at Lyon in 91 appearances across all competitions.

Should Ed Woodward bring him back considering the Manchester United situation? Yes, Romelu Lukaku has been really poor at the top this season. The Dutchman’s movement in the box helps open space between defenders, allowing the striker to get the goals.