Rooney’s Memphis Depay Story Sums Up His Stay At Old Trafford

Wayne Rooney spoke in a recent interview with The Sunday Times and told a story about the former Manchester United man Memphis Depay.

Depay didn’t exactly enjoy the most fruitful of stays at the Theatre of Dreams under Louis Van Gaal but for what it’s worth, his recent form since moving on with his career has proved that he is certainly a talent.

Now plying his trade at Ligue 1 outfit Lyon, Memphis managed to find the back of the net on 22 occasions last season and all in all, seems to be starting to fulfil the potential that many seemed to predict for him prior to him signing for United.

At 24-years-old, he certainly still has another year or two to go until he reaches his peak years and according to his old teammate Wayne Rooney, he certainly suffered from immaturity to a certain extent during his time spent in Manchester.

Telling a story relating to the Dutchman during an exclusive with The Sunday Times – Rooney explained what happened when manager Van Gaal ordered him to play with the reserves.

“Memphis? He came on at Stoke away and messed up for their goal so Louis van Gaal made him play for the reserves the next day.

“I said, ‘Look, it’s a bit difficult [for you]. Just don’t come in with all your fancy stuff.’

“And he turned up for the reserve game in his Rolls-Royce, wearing a leather jacket and a cowboy hat. And I just thought, ‘What’s the point?’

“But Memphis is a lovely lad and it’s good to see things going well for him now.”

Seems as though his failure to set Old Trafford alight was written in the stars to some extent.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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