Memphis Depay has said that he needed to leave Manchester United in order to secure more first-team football.

The Dutch winger only featured eight times in all competitions under José Mourinho this season and left in January for French side Lyon in a deal that could eventually rise up to £22 million.

Since his departure from Old Trafford, the 23-year-old has seemed to regain the form that saw United sign him from PSV Eindhoven two summers ago, having scored five goals and assisted another three in his first ten games for Les Gones.

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While Memphis says he bears no grudge towards Mourinho following his departure, he also insisted that he had no choice but to leave Manchester with the amount of playing time he was getting.

Speaking to beIN sport (h/t to the Manchester Evening News), Memphis said:

I have no bitterness towards Mourinho.

I did what I had to do in training. Of course, I didn’t understand his choices, but he was the boss. I had to accept those choices. I think I was not good enough for him. But it’s okay, I’m showing my quality here.

I’ll be back to the top and we’ll see what will happen.

Leaving Manchester United? That was not complicated. I’m young, I need to play.

When I think about the last time I played a whole 90 minutes before coming here, it was a year ago. It’s incredible.

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