Memphis Depay recounts ordeal while playing for Man United under Jose Mourinho

Memphis Depay recounts ordeal while playing for Man United under Jose Mourinho

- Memphis Depay reveals Jose Mourinho made him fall out of love while at Man United

- The Dutch man joined Lyon in 2017 after struggling for playing time at Old Trafford

- Depay featured for the Red Devils just seven times in all competitions in 2016-17 season

Olympique Lyon striker Memphis Depay has recounted his ordeal playing under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

The Portuguese tactician froze the Dutch man out of his squad after the arrival of both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez.

Before departing Old Trafford, Depay played a total of seven matches - four EPL and three Europa League games during the 2016-17 season.

He has however become a key player for his French League outfit, scoring ten goals and ten assists in the out-gone season.

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Depay said: "Looking back Van Gaal had some good reasons to put me on the bench after a while," Memphis said when reflecting on United in his new book Heart of a Lion.

"I didn’t reach the level that time I needed to succeed at United. But when José Mourinho took over, the situation was different. Depay told Manchester Evening News.

"In the beginning I felt confidence and I started to train at a higher level. At a certain moment I was killing it on the training pitch. But nothing changed my situation.

"That made it harder to accept than the season before. Even players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Michael Carrick and Paul Pogba asked me how it was possible that I never got a chance.

Depay further revealed that: "Mourinho told me he was very happy with my level of play at the training and with my attitude. And that my chances would come. But they never came.

"During that time I lost it. After training I went home and didn’t want to see anybody. That was mentally a very bad period.

"And it got worse every day. Looking from the outside I had a good life: being a part of one of the biggest clubs in the world, living in a beautiful home with a swimming pool, together with my best friend Gigi, driving in a Rolls Royce. But I was totally unhappy with my life.

"For the first time I lost the joy in playing football. The most beautiful thing in my whole life, football, gave me a very sad feeling.

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The 25-year-old admitted that: "The frustration grew by the day and I didn’t know how to change that. Mainly because at that time I didn’t have the relationship with God I have today.

"Sometimes my frustration exploded. Then I started to throw with stuff at home. Pure rage and frustration. One day I even attacked my best friend Gigi at home.

"Out of the blue. My rage ended just in time before I would hurt him, but afterwards I felt so ashamed.

"For me that moment was the sign that I had reached rock bottom. I was shocked by my own behavior." earlier reported that Liverpool are planning to sign £50 million rated Lyon star Memphis Depay should Sadio Mane join Real Madrid this summer.

Los Blancos have not hidden their interest in the Senegal international, who has been on fire for the Reds in all competitions this season.

He has scored 17 Premier League goals after 31 matches this campaign as the Anfield side are hoping to end their EPL trophy drought at the end of this term. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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