Red Devils legend believes Lyon striker’s move to Manchester came too early and he wasn’t mature enough to make the grade
Rio Ferdinand has explained why Memphis Depay failed at Manchester United while describing the Dutch star as a ‘maverick’.
Depay is currently playing at the European Championships with his country, having earned a place in Frank de Boer’s squad after another successful individual campaign in Lyon.
The 27-year-old is now considered one of the best strikers on the continent and is said to be set to join Spanish giants Barcelona, but his unfortunate stint at Old Trafford between 2015 and 2017 remains a black mark on his overall career. record.
What was said?
Depay was unable to establish himself as a regular holder at United under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, with the latter ultimately sanctioning his move to Lyon in a £ 22million ($ 31million) deal. ) Four years ago.
Ferdinand was in the BBC Sport studio covering the Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Austria which sealed their place in the round of 16 on Thursday, and offered their take on the striker’s unique skills.
“I think he’s a maverick,” the former Red Devils defenseman said of Depay. “He’s a new-age type of personality that embraces everything from the lifestyle of a football player and beyond, and some old school people don’t like that and it took someone a while. one like me to adapt to that. “
Pressed to find out why the Dutchman flopped in Manchester, Ferdinand replied: “I think it comes down to a lot of things. The timing, the right time and the right place, and the maturity, maybe there is. gone too young.
“And coaching, the right coaching at the right time.”
Depay’s Nightmare at Old Trafford
United shelled out £ 25million ($ 35million) to keep Depay away from PSV ahead of the 2015-16 season, having seen him emerge as one of the Eredivisie’s brightest young talents during his time at Philips Stadion.
The Mercurial leader went on to appear in 53 games in all competitions for the Premier League giants, but only contributed seven goals and six assists to their cause, with most of those outings coming from the bench.
Depay’s record for Lyon and the Netherlands
Since leaving Old Trafford, Depay has rebuilt his career at Groupama Stadium while helping Lyon to once again become a formidable force in national and European competitions.
The former United outcast has scored 76 goals in his first 178 appearances for the Ligue 1 side and scored 55 more, while saving plenty of high-quality performances for the international stage.
Depay’s successful penalty against Austria brought his tally for the Netherlands to 27 goals in 66 games, and he could add to his goal when De Boer’s side finish their Group C schedule against North Macedonia Monday.