Former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has claimed that he struggled a lot at Old Trafford before he decided to leave for Lyon.

The Netherlands international joined the Ligue 1 giants in the summer of 2017 after falling out of favour at United under Jose Mourinho.

The 24-year-old moved to Old Trafford under his fellow countryman Louis van Gaal from PSV Eindhoven following his great performance in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

But following Van Gaal’s exit, the forward has struggled for playtime under new manager Mourinho.

However, the Dutchman has confirmed that Manchester United exit improved him as he insisted that he became a much better player at Lyon than before.

“Everybody knows the story of me and Manchester United was not successful and I’m just happy that I’m the player I am today,” Depay told reporters.

“I can look back and say I didn’t want it to go like that – nobody wanted that – things happened and I became a much better player. I can feel it in the games, I mean everybody can see it I think as well.”

“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. I believe for sure that the city is still Red and tomorrow I’ll be trying to get a good result against the Blues.”

Depay is returning to Manchester tonight with his side take on Manchester City in the Champions League group stage.

The former PSV Eindhoven ace has managed to score 28 goals in 70 appearances for Les Gones across all competitions.

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