“And I realised that I didn’t want to be in a big club without playing.”
In the time since, Depay has rebuilt his career.
He sparkled for Lyon during his time at the club and, this summer, moved to Barcelona on a free transfer.
This isn’t the first time Depay has talked about his nightmare spell at United, where he was given the No 7 shirt.
In 2019, he claimed he was treated like a ‘naughty child’ during his time at Old Trafford, saying: “After I lost my spot in the starting line-up, I asked assistant coach Ryan Giggs to do extra training with me.
“To work on my crosses with my left foot, to become a better winger.