Memphis Depay went to Man United 'too young', claims Rio Ferdinand

Memphis Depay went to Manchester United ‘too young’, claims Rio Ferdinand – who hails the Holland star as a ‘maverick’ after firing Frank de Boer’s side into Euro 2020 last 16

  • Man United signed Memphis Depay in 2015 from PSV Eindhoven for £25million
  • Depay only lasted 18 months before he was sold to Lyon in January 2017 for £18m
  • The 27-year-old scored as Holland beat Austria 2-0 at Euro 2020 on Thursday
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

Memphis Depay was at Manchester United too soon in his career, insisted Rio Ferdinand as he hailed the ‘maverick’ for his performance in Holland’s 2-0 Group C win over Austria at the Euros on Thursday night.

Great things were expected of Depay when he signed for United in a £25million deal from PSV Eindhoven as a 21-year-old in 2015.

However, the forward lasted just 18 months at Old Trafford before he was sold to Lyon for an initial £16m – having scoring just seven goals in 53 appearances for United.

Memphis Depay’s poor spell at Man United was because he was ‘too young’, says Rio Ferdinand

Depay struggled at United during his 18-month spell there having joined in 2015 for £25million

Ferdinand says Depay’s ill-fated time there boiled down to ‘numerous things’ such as ‘timing’

In his four-and-a-half years in France, Depay has been a revelation and his performances at Lyon look set to earn him a free transfer to Barcelona this summer.

Depay proved his class at international level once more on Thursday, scoring from the penalty spot and providing an assist as Holland booked their place in the last 16 at Euro 2020.

And speaking about why Depay’s time at United didn’t pan out as it perhaps should have, Ferdinand feels the now 27-year-old has matured as a player.

‘I think it comes down to numerous things,’ he said as a pundit on BBC Sport. 


The forward was instrumental on Thursday as Holland beat Austria in their Euro 2020 match

The 27-year-old has since evolved as a player during his four-and-a-half years at Lyon

‘Timing, the right time and right place, and maturity, he may have gone there too young.

‘And coaching, the right coaching at the right time.’

Ferdinand, who won 10 major honours during a trophy-laden spell at United, was effusive about the Dutch star’s skillset after the Oranje’s win over Austria.

‘I think he’s a maverick. He’s a new-age type of personality who embraces everything of the lifestyle of a football player and beyond, and some people who are old school don’t like that and it’s taken time for someone even like me to adapt to that.’

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