Memphis Depay ‘wants Manchester United back’ out of favor under Xavi at Barcelona – six years after leaving Old Trafford following miserable two-year spell
- Striker Memphis Depay is reportedly keen on a return to Manchester United
- The Dutchman had a rocky past spell at Old Trafford between 2015 and 2017
- Out of favor with Barcelona, Memphis hopes to return to England after six years
- Erik ten Hag’s Man United are looking for a new No. 9 to replace Cristiano Ronaldo
Memphis Depay wants to return to Manchester United, where he was a former player between 2015 and 2017.
Memphis, 28, played 33 games for the Red Devils that season, scoring twice, before moving to Lyon.
From the Ligue 1 side, the Dutch striker moved to Barcelona in 2021, where he made 30 appearances for the Catalan giants.
Memphis Depay is reportedly keen on a return to old club Manchester United from Barcelona
However, he has seen his playing time limited under manager Xavi this season, particularly following the arrival of Robert Lewandowski at the Nou Camp.
Now Spanish outlet Sport claim the striker is eager to return to Old Trafford after six years away in the north of England.
Memphis’ current contract at the Nou Camp expires in the summer, when he will be allowed to leave on a free, but Barcelona are hoping to cash in by offloading their unwanted player in the winter transfer window .
The Dutch striker previously made 33 appearances for the Red Devils between 2015 and 2017
Currently managed by Dutchman Erik ten Hag, Man United are actively looking for a new No. 9 to lead their frontline.
However, earlier this month, the club ruled out a move for AC Milan’s former Arsenal and Chelsea player Olivier Giroud.
Memphis played its fourth match of the 2022-23 season for Barcelona by starting their dramatic extra-time win over third-tier side Intercity in the Copa del Rey.
Erik ten Hag is looking for a new No. 9 to strengthen Man United’s squad after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo
He was signed by then Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal for £25m in 2015 from PSV Eindhoven, but struggled to fit into the squad despite wearing their famous No. 7 shirts once worn by the likes of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
He struggled for game time in the early part of the 2016–17 season, starting one game in the League Cup, before moving to French club Lyon.
Now there is strong belief that he could return under a second Dutch manager, Ten Hag, as they look to fill a hole in their squad left by Ronaldo’s acrimonious exit late last year.