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Wayne Rooney Reveals How Memphis Depay Ignored His Advice At Manchester United

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Wayne Rooney Reveals How Memphis Depay Ignored His Advice At Manchester United

Netherlands ace Memphis Depay may be one of the stars of Euro 2020, but he once ignored Wayne Rooney's advice by turning up to a Manchester United reserve-team game in a Rolls Royce whilst wearing a leather jacket and cowboy hat.

The winger joined United in a £31m move from PSV Eindhoven in June 2015 and was handed the iconic No.7 shirt.

However, he found the going tough at Old Trafford. There were question marks over his attitude, and he would turn up for training in a Mercedes G-Wagen with M7 embroidered in the headrests.

Image: PA
Image: PA

At fault for a goal in United's defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day 2015, Depay was taken off at half-time and told to report for a reserve-team game at Altrincham the following day.

The experienced Rooney offered the cocky youngster a word of advice on how best to deal with such a blow.

As per the Daily Mail, Rooney told Depay to take it on the chin and not show up to the reserve game with all of his 'fancy stuff'.

"Look, it's a bit difficult," Rooney told his teammate. "Just don't come in with all your fancy stuff.


"He turned up for the reserve game in his Rolls Royce, wearing a leather jacket and a cowboy hat. I just thought, 'what's the point?'."


A couple of months later Depay was criticised for attending a lavish birthday party hours after starting in United's defeat at relegation strugglers Sunderland.

He left the Red Devils for Lyon in 2017 after just seven goals in 53 games.

Those who wrote him off would be forced to eat humble pie.


He scored 22 goals in his first full season at Lyon and claimed 13 assists. There were another 22 goals this season, making it 76 in 178 games for the French side.

That tally includes scoring in six consecutive rounds of the Champions League as Lyon reached the semi-finals.


The boy from Moordrecht is now on the verge of global stardom having set Euro 2020 alight. The 27-year-old joins Barcelona next month when his Lyon contract expires.

Barca have agreed a two-year deal with Depay. The Catalan club have also snapped up Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia from Manchester City.

Depay said: "In my career there have always been ups and downs, good and bad moments, and all that makes you learn.

"That is why I think that arriving at Barca is a great step forward in my career."

Barca boss Ronald Koeman added: "He's a very good signing, as are Kun and Eric Garcia."

Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Memphis Depay, Wayne Rooney

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