Manchester United chiefs can’t have ignored Memphis Depay’s performances for Lyon this season.
The 24-year-old has scored eight goals and provided 11 assists in all competitions for the French club, continuing his fine form from the 2017-18 campaign.
He’s playing at a level that the Red Devils expected when they paid £25 million to sign Memphis in 2015.
But the Netherlands international would last just two seasons before joining Lyon, with Man United taking a loss on the player.
Last month, Memphis’ former coach for the Dutch U21s offered his own explanation for why it didn’t work out for the 24-year-old at Old Trafford.
"You already saw that it was a very great talent, maybe he went to Manchester United a bit too early, and that was all too fast, he was just a basic player in Eindhoven,” Cor Pot said, per the Manchester Evening News.
The Lyon star has now opened up on his experiences in England in an interview with The Times.
Memphis final words to Mourinho
Louis van Gaal quickly lost patience with Memphis, who was handed the famous number seven jersey, but Jose Mourinho apparently still holds hope of a possible return.
“I said to Mourinho 'you will see me at the top’,” Memphis told The Times’ Jonathan Northcroft.
"He said, 'OK, I hope that and I hope we will buy you back one day.’ I never had a bad relationship with him."
Man United have the option to re-sign Memphis. They inserted a time-limited buy-back clause in his deal when he signed for Lyon.
Memphis made just eight appearances under Mourinho before he was sold in a deal worth £22m, but there’s every chance we will see him back if he continues to impress.
His biggest issue seems to be with Van Gaal.
Memphis continued: “One time I wanted to work on my left foot and crosses, so I was doing extra training with Giggsy. (Van Gaal) called me in his office and said, 'why are you training?'
"I said I want to improve my cross with my left foot. He said your crosses are already good, it's in your head."
Now that he's free of such restrictive measures, we're seeing Memphis at his best.