Memphis Depay believes he never had a chance to break into Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side, claiming even his teammates were baffled by his lack of minutes.
The Netherlands international signed for United as a precocious 21-year-old back in 2015, having scored 28 goals in all competitions for PSV.
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But he struggled to adapt in English football and after just one full season was allowed to leave, joining Lyon and rebuilding his career in the process.
Mourinho has subsequently claimed that Depay became a “bit childish” after being left out of the side after moving to a big club too soon in his development.
“Sometimes they can go too early to the biggest clubs where they are not ready to cope with it,” the Portuguese told talkSPORT earlier this year.
“Where they are not ready to understand that in the biggest clubs there are internal competition, that you can not play all the time.
“That there are fantastic players to fight with you for a position. They can lose a little sense of reality and become a bit childish. Which is what happened.”
However, Depay himself has suggested that he was never given a chance under Mourinho with senior pros Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both questioning his continued omission.
He explained: “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 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 [Ibrahimovic] 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.”
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