Ex-Manchester United winger Memphis Depay believes he “became a much better player” after leaving the club.

Depay who joined French side Lyon in January 2017 had a frustrating spell at United – registering seven goals and six assists in 53 appearances.

Since switching to France, the 24-year-old has been a first-team regular – scoring 28 times in 74 appearances.

“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,” the Netherlands international told Sky Sports.

“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.”



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