Manchester United forward Memphis Depay has hit out at former manager Jose Mourinho over his time at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman spent one-and-a-half seasons with the Red Devils after moving for £25m from PSV in 2015.
While he managed seven goals in 45 games under Louis van Gaal, his successor gave the forward only eight appearances to show his worth.
This sparked a move in January 2017 to Lyon, where Depay scored 76 goals in 178 games to rediscover his form and earn a free transfer this year to Barcelona.
The 27-year-old made a strong debut for his new club, grabbing an assist in a 4-2 win over Real Sociedad.
And the forward reflects on his time at United with a bitter taste, especially for Mourinho.
Speaking to Spanish publication El Periodico [via Mirror], the Dutchman said: “I’ve thought a lot about why it went wrong. The first season I had to adapt and it didn't go well compared to my time at PSV.
“I lost a bit of confidence and I lost the confidence of [Louis] van Gaal and his staff.
"It was hard for me. The following season I felt like I had more experience, but they changed the coach.
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“Jose Mourinho came and I fought to get into the team but I think the idea of giving me a chance was never in his head. He never gave me an opportunity. Never.
"I went to his office but it changed nothing. It was a very difficult period, I felt that I was training well and the players themselves did not understand it.
"[Paul] Pogba and Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] told me: ‘Why don't you ever play’. For me that was the confirmation that I had no chance.
“And I realised that I didn't want to be in a big club without playing."
Mourinho spoke earlier in the year about Depay, claiming that he was “too childish” at Old Trafford.
"Sometimes they can go too early to the biggest clubs where they are not ready to cope with it,” the AS Roma boss told talkSPORT earlier this year.
“Where they are not ready to understand that in the biggest clubs there are internal competition, that you can not play all the time.
“That there are fantastic players to fight with you for a position. They can lose a little sense of reality and become a bit childish. Which is what happened.”
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