Manchester United Football Club kicked off their Champions League campaign with a massive three points away at Young Boys on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils will have been absolutely thrilled to start as they mean to go on. However, on the other side of Manchester, another situation was unfolding. Lyon went to The Etihad and beat our noisy neighbours 2-1 in their own backyard…
Rafael da Silva played excellently by all accounts in that game, although it was another ex-United player who stole the show; Memphis Depay.
Louis van Gaal brought the winger to Old Trafford in his first summer. Big things were expected. Sadly, they didn’t materialise and shortly after, he left. That didn’t stop United smartly inserting a buy-back clause into Depay’s contract, though.
Now, current United manager Jose Mourinho has had his say on the clause – hinting that there could well be a way back for the 24-year-old.
“Because potentially he’s a very good player,” Mourinho said, per the Daily Mirror.
“I think when Mr Van Gaal decided to buy him he did well, he knew him very well from the national team, he was very young when at the World Cup he had flashes of top quality.
“He was playing well in Holland, we know the Dutch league is not the same but he was showing very good things.
“He didn’t succeed in his 18 months but he’s very young so I think it’s important for the club to complete control of this talent and we all wish he plays very, very well at Lyon and why not to come back because everyone here likes him.”
Perhaps the big move came just too soon for Depay. Maybe he needed to leave PSV and go to a place like Lyon. He’s rediscovering form out in Ligue 1 and I’m delighted. He’s never had a bad word to say about Manchester, United fans or the city in general. Why not bring him back if he continues impressing?
I guess the only real issue is that we’re pretty stacked on the left-hand side. Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial all play out there. Adding another one into the mix wouldn’t be good for anyone.