Memphis Depay pulls off yet another brilliant skill in training

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It's starting to look like a good thing that Manchester United included that buy-back clause in Memphis Depay's sale to Lyon.

The winger is back in the Dutch national team thanks to an impressive start to life in Ligue 1.

The 23-year-old has already scored five goals and assisted another two - and it goes without saying that it's more than he managed in his entire 18 months at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho seemed to let him go with a heavy heart.

Admittedly, there was no real way he could keep him after such an underwhelming couple of seasons in the Premier League, but the United boss had initially backed the under-fire starlet to prove himself.

He's doing exactly that in France. Ligue 1 has its critics, but goals are goals, and his recent from the halfway line was brilliant regardless.

It's amazing what a bit of confidence can do for a player.

Memphis was ultimately a victim of his own self-doubt as he struggled to adapt to English football. Across the channel, he looks much more at ease and is oozing with confidence.

More skills from Memphis 

That's translating onto the pitch, but he's also much more at home in Lyon training.

To be fair, stepping out onto the Astros alongside the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney must be pretty intimidating, but at Lyon, he's free to pulling off things like this:

Next thing you know, he'll be trying it in a game.

Failure at United is still a subject that evidently touches a nerve. However, he's showing the right attitude if he wants to put it right.

“I didn’t understand [Mourinho], he told beINSPORTS, via Goal.

“But he’s the boss. I was just not good enough for him. That’s OK. I’ll show my quality here.”

No matter what he does in Ligue 1, it's hard to envisage him ever having a future at United.

Mourinho has probably learned one thing from his handling of Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea - even if he doesn't rate players, it's still best to include a buy-back clause, just in case.

Even Memphis' biggest doubters at United would love to see him fulfilling his potential, and who knows, perhaps one day we'll see him giving the Premier League another crack.

Will Memphis Depay be a success long-term? Have your say in the comments. 

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