Rio Ferdinand says Memphis Depay failed at Manchester United because of ‘timing’ and a lack of maturity

Rio Ferdinand feels Memphis Depay’s move to Manchester United came too early (Getty/BBC)

Rio Ferdinand believes Memphis Depay failed to make an impact at Manchester United due to ‘numerous’ factors including ‘timing’ and a lack of maturity.

Depay joined Manchester United from PSV in a £25 million deal in the summer of 2015 but the 27-year-old struggled for consistency under Louis van Gaal.

Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford failed to make a difference for Depay’s career at United and in January 2017, the Netherlands international was sold to Lyon.

Depay has showed significant improvement since his switch to Ligue 1 and is now on the verge of joining Barcelona.

The forward has also established himself as a key part of Netherlands’ squad and Ferdinand believes the former United player thrives under the pressure of being the focal point in a team.

‘I think he’s a maverick,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.

Memphis Depay struggled to make an impact after his £25m move to Manchester United (Getty)

‘He’s a new-age type of personality who embraces everything of the lifestyle of a football player and beyond, and some people who are old school don’t like that and it’s taken time for someone even like me to adapt to that.’

Asked why he failed to make an impact at Manchester United, Ferdinand replied: ‘I think it comes down to numerous things.

‘Timing, the right time and right place, and maturity, he may have gone there too young.

‘And coaching, the right coaching at the right time.’

Hasselbaink added: ‘We all know what kind of players Mourinho likes, he’s somebody who is totally different who needs other players doing the running and give him the ball so he can produce. He needs to feel loved.

Ferdinand then said: ‘I think that’s a big part of it, he needs to feel like the number-one guy and I think with this Netherlands team he feels like that.’

Hasselbaink added: ‘You look at him and you have the perception that’s he’s a difficult one but he isn’t

‘He loves his football, he wants to play it in a certain way. He has lots of ability, there’s lots of pressure on him because he’s the one who has to carry the Dutch national squad.’

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