The Dutch striker has had a difficult time at Old Trafford, while confused teammates ask why Jose Mourinho froze him
Memphis Depay is back in the big time in Barcelona, after leaving Lyon as a free agent to go to Camp Nou, and the Dutch forward wants to prove himself at the highest level after an unforgettable period at Manchester United was between 2015 and 2017.
The Dutch international was taken to Old Trafford by Louis van Gaal, compatriot, in a £ 25 million ($ 34 million) deal, but struggled to unlock his full potential in England and eventually went to France after fblown out by Jose Mourinho.
His snubbing by a Portuguese coach left many teammates confused, including Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with a confident character who had little choice but to move on after seeing promising progress.
What was said?
Depay has lifted the lid on his nightmare incident at United, The newspaper: “I thought a lot about why it went wrong. The first season I had to adapt and it did not go well compared to my time at PSV.
‘I lost a little bit of confidence and I lost the confidence of Van Gaal and his staff.
“It was difficult for me. The next season I felt I had more experience, but they changed the coach.
“Jose 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 a chance. Never.
‘I went to his office, but it did not change anything.
“Pogba and Zlatan said to me, ‘Why do you never play?’ For me, it was the confirmation that I had no chance, and I realized that I did not want to be in a big club without playing.
He added: ‘I realized [at United] that I had to start all over again and show everyone that I can be one of the best.
“I had a long contract of five years and a good salary, but I did not feel comfortable. So I left and it was the best decision I could have made.”
Is Depay back at its best?
After moving to Lyon in January 2017, Depay quickly rediscovered his spark and scored 76 goals through 178 games for Ligue 1 giants.
These operations attract many admiring glances from afar, while Barça have expressed their interest from the moment Ronald Koeman returns to Catalunya.
The Blaugrana had to play a waiting game, but they finally got their husband this summer and wasted little time to give Depay a prominent role in their plans.
Much is expected of him after the shock of Lionel Messi leaving, but the early indications are that a man whose technical abilities have never been mentioned can make a telling contribution as a talismanic presence under the brightest spotlights.
Barca and Depay will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Athletic Club.