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Depay admits he is a much better player following Manchester United exit

Memphis Depay has said he has become a much better player since leaving Manchester United.

The Dutch winger moved to Manchester United in 2015, with much expected of him under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal, who gave him Manchester United’s prestigious number 7 shirt.

However, despite finishing the 2014/15 season as the Eredivisie’s top scorer at PSV, his time at Old Trafford would be far less productive, scoring just seven goals, with just two of those coming in the Premier League.

He was ultimately shipped out of Old Trafford in January 2017 having failed to impress Jose Mourinho but has since gone on to rediscover his form with French side Lyon.

With Lyon set to face Manchester City in the Champions League tonight, Memphis has been answering questions about his time in England, insisting he is a better player now than he was two years ago.

“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,” said Depay in the pre-match press conference.

“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.”

Despite his less than succesful time in England, he also admitted he is hoping to get one over his former club’s closest rivals:

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

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