Jose Mourinho explains why Memphis Depay flopped at Man United

Jose Mourinho has backed Depay to succeed at FC Barcelona.

The Dutch winger joined Barcelona last month on a two-year deal after running down his contract at Lyon.

The former Man United winger lasted only 18 months at Old Trafford and was sold by Jose Mourinho in his first season in charge.

Jose Mourinho goes on to explain why things never worked out for Depay at Old Trafford and backed him to be a success with the Catalan giants.

“He is a really good professional. People can look at him and probably think he’s a party boy,” Mourinho told talkSPORT. “I think he got this maturity in Lyon which is sometimes what players need.

“Sometimes they can go too early to the biggest clubs where they are not ready to cope with it. 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.

“So when he decided to go to Lyon it was a great move for him and now he goes to Barcelona with maturity, with a good football age and I believe the Barcelona culture of football will help him also to level up in this important part of his career. But good memories of him and I repeat – he was a good professional.”


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