Neville says it’s a ‘shame’ Man Utd didn’t keep ‘top player’

Gary Neville thinks it’s a “shame” Man Utd didn’t show more patience with Memphis Depay during an unsettled period at the club.

His time at Old Trafford didn’t go to plan at all, scoring just two Premier League goals in his 18 months at the English club, before leaving for French side Lyon.

During his time with the French side he has scored 76 goals in 178 appearances in all competitions, attracting admiring glances in the process.


Netherlands looked petrified as soon as De Ligt went off


Barcelona announced earlier this month that the Netherlands international will join the club on a free transfer after his contract expires with Lyon at the end of June.

Depay has agreed a two-year deal, with the former PSV Eindhoven man set to link up again with former Oranje boss Ronald Koeman at the Nou Camp.

The Dutchman played well at Euro 2020, before the Netherlands were sent packing by Belgium on Sunday, scoring two goals and providing an assist for his team-mates.

And Neville thinks he could’ve proved to be a major asset to Man Utd if the club had stuck with him longer than 18 months.

“He came to Manchester United when the club wasn’t in a stable position, once Van Gaal had left and when Jose came in, he didn’t want to work with him because of what he did on and off the pitch,” Neville told ITV.

“When he came to United, they did not have the time for him which is a shame but he has proved with maturity that he has turned into a top player.”

And Depay revealed back in May how his time at Old Trafford saw him fall out of love with football.

Depay told L’Equipe: “It [Lyon] will be in my heart, a part of my life. I thought about adding a tattoo: a souvenir or a date. Coming here was a great decision.

“People would say to me: ‘But why are you leaving Manchester United? A new coach will arrive, you in the biggest club in the world…’ In their place, I would have been sad to see a player wasting good years by staying at a big club and playing too little. There, I lost my joy, and my football. Here, I found them.”

 

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