Manchester United flop, Memphis Depay says his struggles at United made him a better player for Lyon.
Depay joined Manchester United from PSV in 2015 for €30 million and was touted as the next star for the club.
However, he failed to impress under Van Gaal and Mourinho and was eventually sold to Lyon for €16 million.
“In the first season, I didn’t contribute enough, but I really believe you need a year to succeed in the Premier League, it’s the fastest league in the world,” Depay said, according to ESPN. “The second, I had my self-belief back, but I didn’t play.”
“It’s then that you look at yourself in the mirror and you ask yourself a lot of questions: ‘Am I not good enough?’ It was really tough. To stay positive, you have to be very strong mentally. That experience made me grow up and is useful to me today.”