We may not always like to admit it, but we all know Jose Mourinho can have a bit of a blind spot when it comes to talented attacking players.
At Chelsea, he let quality talents like Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne leave the club, and it’s come back to haunt him as they’ve gone on to shine elsewhere as among the best in the world in their positions.
It’s starting to look like Mourinho might’ve done it again with Memphis Depay.
The Dutch winger certainly struggled to live up to expectations in his year-and-a-half stay at Old Trafford, but then he was in the early stages of his career and playing in a big league for the first time.
A little patience would’ve done no harm for what was clearly a talented player based on what he showed with his time at previous club PSV.
Now 24 and entering his peak years, Depay looks massively improved at Lyon just over a year after Mourinho decided to let him make the move to France.
Arsenal legend Robert Pires has been keeping an eye on his development and believes our boss has made a big mistake…again.
‘Memphis Depay is an outstanding player. He struggled at Manchester United because it is difficult to change country and enter a new club, a new language and a new environment at such a young age,’ Pires told bwin.
‘He is now a very important player for Lyon and he is making a big difference in the crucial games. I think Manchester United made a mistake when they sold him and they could regret it.’
With 19 goals and 15 assists for Lyon this season, it’s clear Depay is the real deal – a skilful dribbler, a goal threat and a provider. In fact, he’s everything we’ve been lacking in so many of our biggest games this season.
Alexis Sanchez has come in and struggled, and various links have been flying around involving a move for Chelsea’s Willian – all very Mourinho, but it’s surely Depay who should’ve been the focal point of our team by now.
There should be genuine fear at Old Trafford that the Netherlands international is about to enjoy a similar burst to Salah at Liverpool this season. Let’s just hope he’s not the latest Mourinho cast-off to end up moving to a rival.