Ronald de Boer claims that former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has the talent, but failed to “adapt” his game to suit Jose Mourinho’s side.
The Holland international was signed by Louis van Gaal for a fee of around £25million in the summer of 2015 but scored only seven goals in 53 games before heading to Lyon in January.
But the 23-year-old former PSV man has since revealed that he had a good relationship with Mourinho, who inserted a buy-back clause into the deal when sanctioning the player’s exit.
Dutch legend De Boer, who currently works as a coach at Ajax, believes that Memphis can still make his way to the top of the game.
“Memphis is a great talent. It just did not work out,” De Boer told Sport360.
“He has his characteristics and perhaps he can be smarter at times. When people expect you to do things and you don’t deliver, don’t do other things to attract attention. Aubameyang, I saw him in a blue suit, an ugly one in which he looked like a clown, but it is accepted because he is scoring goals, so everyone laughs about it.
“But if you are not scoring goals and playing bad, people will say he is thinking more about his clothes or whatever. They have to be smart, you really have to work.
“The only thing I thought when I saw him playing was that you cannot stand on the ball and have time, in England they are much stronger and faster, you have to adapt. He did not really do that.
“He’s got it but thought he could do it standing still, he did not do it while moving. You need a good start. When you have doubts and they do not go away there is more pressure and people expect.
“But he is still young and he is at Lyon which is a great team. I still think he can have an incredible turnaround. He has the quality.”