“That was the confirmation I needed” – Memphis Depay reveals what Pogba and Ibrahimovic told him about Mourinho that made him leave Man Utd

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Former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay has revealed the conversation he had with Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic about Jose Mourinho that made him leave Manchester United.

Depay, who is now at Barcelona, told El Periodico: “I’ve thought a lot about why it went wrong. The first season I had to adapt and it didn’t go well compared to my time at PSV.

“I lost a bit of confidence and I lost the confidence of [Louis] Van Gaal and his staff.

“It was hard for me. The following season I felt like I had more experience, but they changed the coach.

“Jose Mourinho came and I fought to get into the team but I think the idea of giving me a chance was never in his head. He never gave me an opportunity. Never.

“I went to his office but it changed nothing. It was a very difficult period, I felt that I was training well and the players themselves did not understand it.

“[Paul] Pogba and Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] told me: ‘Why don’t you ever play?’ For me that was the confirmation that I had no chance. And I realised that I didn’t want to be in a big club without playing.”