Sunday 20 January 2019

Depay: Mourinho a great coach

Lyon’s Memphis Depay
Lyon’s Memphis Depay

Memphis Depay has emphasised he did not have not have a bad relationship with boss Jose Mourinho during his time at Manchester United.

The Holland forward, signed for the Red Devils from PSV Eindhoven by his compatriot Louis van Gaal in the summer of 2015, left the club last week to join Lyon.

Depay had made only one start and eight appearances in total this season under Van Gaal's successor Mourinho.

As the move to Lyon went through, Mourinho, discussing the possibility of the 22-year-old one day returning to United, described him as potentially "a very good player".

And, reflecting on his time with the Old Trafford outfit, Depay has had warm words for Mourinho, calling him "a great coach and a great person".

"His words were nice," Depay said.

"In Manchester, I always worked as I had to. For me personally, it wasn't all that easy, I needed to play. But we didn't have a bad relationship.

"He's a great coach and a great person. Now we'll see here how I play. In any case, I think he has said good things about me."

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