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Dutch boss hopes Depay gets big break

Revitalised: ex-Manchester United star Memphis Depay
Revitalised: ex-Manchester United star Memphis Depay

By Graham Luney

Memphis Depay endured an unhappy 18 months at Manchester United, but the Premier League giants retain a right to re-sign him from Lyon.

It's emerged that Manchester United have an option to bring Depay back to Old Trafford.

The Netherlands international joined United from PSV in 2015 but could only manage seven goals in 53 appearances across all competitions.

An unhappy 18 months concluded when he joined Lyon for a fee in the region of £16m in January 2017 - and the 25-year-old has been revitalised in Ligue 1.

Depay has scored seven times in 10 appearances this season despite his club's troubled start to the campaign, and four in as many Champions League outings.

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman, who may have to do without the injured Depay for their Euro 2020 qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on Saturday, feels it would be better for his country if Depay was playing for a bigger club.

"If he plays at a bigger club, that will be better for us," said the former Everton boss.

"You always hope that every player plays for the biggest clubs that actually compete for the big prizes. I think he's the kind of player that should play at a club like that. If that's in the Premier League or at any other big club, that would be great for him."

Depay has scored 10 goals in his last 13 games for the Netherlands, who have won their last three away games, scoring 10 goals.

Koeman is without PSV Eindhoven duo Donyell Malen and Steven Bergwijn, while forwards Myron Boadu and Calvin Stengs, along with goalkeeper Marco Bizot could make their debuts for the Oranje.

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