Why I allowed Memphis Depay to join Lyon – Mourinho
Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho, has explained that Memphis Depay was allowed to leave the club, because of he is overstocked with players in his position.
Depay’s transfer to Lyon for an initial £17million rising to £21.7million was confirmed on Friday.
“He’s a player from one position, the only position where we have overbooking,” Mourinho said..
“He’s a winger and wingers are what we have more of. So he was the position where it’s more difficult to have chances, where it’s more difficult to be the next choice because it is a position where we never have problems.
“We have Lingard, Mata, we have Mkhitaryan, we have Martial, Ashley Young, we have Marcus Rashford, it’s a position where we have six possibilities. Even Rooney sometimes played from the left.
“It’s a position where we have difficulties when we want to do rotation.
“When we try to rest some players, and try and play some in the Europa League, others in the League Cup and other ones against Reading in the FA Cup, even when I do rotation, I have seven guys for two positions.
“So I would say these two things about him – on one side he is a fantastic professional and on the other side, we had too many players in this position.”
United have inserted a buy-back clause in the Depay deal and Mourinho says it is the wise thing to do.
“Of course because potentially he’s a very good player,” he said.
“When Mr van Gaal decided to buy him, he knew him very well from the national team.
“In the World Cup he had flashes of top quality. He was playing well in Holland. We know that the Dutch league is not the same, but he was showing very good things.
“I think Mr van Gaal and Manchester United did very well to buy him. It did not succeed in these 18 months, I would say, but he’s very young and I would say it’s very important for the club to have control of his talent.
“We all wish he plays very, very well at Olympique Lyonnaise and why not then come back because everyone here likes him.”