Memphis Depay is back in Manchester with Lyon ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester City and he has reflected on his time with Manchester United.

The winger had a disappointing one-and-a-half year spell with Manchester United but has rediscovered his form since joining Lyon in January 2017.

On Wednesday, Memphis will face Manchester City in the Champions League and he reflected on his disappointing time in the city.

He said, “Everybody knows the story of me and Manchester United was not successful.

“Everybody can see that and I can feel it myself. I can look back and say I didn’t want it to go like that – nobody did – but things happened.

“After one season, I couldn’t find myself in the team. I was still young, didn’t get a lot of opportunities, but I must say that the first season I didn’t put the quality on the table that I thought.”

At the weekend, Memphis was criticised by former teammate Wayne Rooney for turning up at a reserve game in his Rolls Royce and wearing a cowboy hat.

Asked about the comments, Memphis responded, “Some people can’t take a joke and me and Wayne are very good friends. I understand what he meant with it and that’s it.

“It’s in the past and I’m a flamboyant guy and like nice stuff but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t be more smart. I’ve become more mature.

“You go through experiences in life on and off the pitch. When I came back today I felt like a different person.

“I’m just happy that I’m the player I am today. I became a much better player. I can feel it in games and everyone can see it.”

Memphis was also asked whether he has spoken to Louis van Gaal since their time at Manchester United, “I have seen Van Gaal at the testimonial game for Dirk Kuyt and we didn’t really speak about it.

“Certain things that happened I don’t want to say now in public, I don’t feel like it matters any more because… maybe when I write a book some day I will speak about it but for the moment, no.”




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