Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, believes Memphis Depay can still realise his potential, despite failing to make the grade at Old Trafford.
Depay was offloaded to Lyon in a cut-price £16million deal after struggling to nail down a spot in the starting XI, but United included a buy-back clause in the transfer.
The Holland international was back in Manchester for Lyon’s 2-1 win against City on Wednesday night.
Mourinho was asked about the clause during a press conference following Depay’s departure.
“Because potentially he’s a very good player.
“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.
“So I think Mr Van Gaal and Manchester United did very well to buy him.
“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,” Mourinho said.