Memphis Depay completed his £16m transfer to Lyon in January 2017. In his press conference, after the Dutchman's exit, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had explained that the club had inserted a buy-back clause in his contract.
The Portuguese coach at that time believed that Depay needed a proper stage to showcase what he is capable of, something that was turning out to be impossible in his time at United.
After Depay's incredible performance against City, Manchester Evening News tracked back to Mourinho's press conference and his exact comments following the Dutchman's departure. The Portuguese coach at that time explained why the club decided to have an option to buy-back the player as he said, "Because potentially he's a very good player."
He continued, "I think when Mr Van Gaal decided to buy him he did well, he knew him very well from the national team, he was very young when at the World Cup he had flashes of top quality."
The report from MEN goes on to state that the Dutch star's fee could rise to £21.7m if United indeed decide to buy him back.
At that time, talking about Depay's United stint, Mourinho also mentioned, "He didn't succeed in his 18 months but he's very young so I think it's important for the club to complete control of this talent and we all wish he plays very, very well at Lyon and why not to come back because everyone here likes him."
Since moving to Lyon, Depay has shown incredible form and attitude. The 24-year-old starred for his club as they beat Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Soon after the game, the Dutchman won Manchester United fans' hearts as he uploaded his picture on Instagram and used the hashtag "Orange is the new Red" in a mock towards Guardiola's side while claiming Manchester is always Red.