Memphis Depay believes his two difficult seasons at Manchester United have helped turn him into the player he is today.
The former PSV Eindhoven forward joined the Red Devils for an estimated €30m ahead of the club’s 2015-16 campaign and found life in the English top-flight extremely challenging – scoring only twice in 28 appearances under fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal.
Matters did not improve under new manager Jose Mourinho, whose arrival ahead of last season ushered in a prolonged period on the sidelines for Depay.
Having made just four substitute appearances in the first half of what was to be a disappointing league season for United, the 23-year old transferred to Lyon for a deal reportedly worth €16m during the 2017 January transfer window.
“In the first season, I didn’t contribute enough,” the Netherlands international told L’Equipe.
“But I really believe you need a year to succeed in the Premier League, it’s the fastest league in the world. 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.”.
Depay has flourished since making the cross-channel move, netting six goals and providing nine assists in a mere 19 appearances for the former French champions.
OL are currently sitting in second position on the Ligue 1 table, having won both their opening matches of the new season.