Memphis Depay says working with Jose Mourinho is “a nice prospect” and insists he would have made it to the Premier League without Louis van Gaal’s help.
Van Gaal was sacked by Manchester United on Monday despite winning the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday and looks likely to be replaced by Jose Mourinho.
Depay was dropped by Van Gaal from United’s matchday squad for the final against Palace and the winger is unlikely to mourn the manager’s departure.
The Holland international was brought to Old Trafford by Van Gaal after United paid PSV Eindhoven £25million but Depay has endured a disappointing maiden season, culminating in Saturday’s omission.
Despite his poor form, Depay claimed he would have eventually made it to the Premier League without Van Gaal’s help.
“I said this because I believe in myself and hard work,” Depay told De Telegraaf.
“A love-hate relationship [with Van Gaal]? I do not know. And now he leaves – this is how things go in football and in life. You learn and you become stronger.
“If the arrival of Mourinho becomes official, I’ll ask Wesley Sneijder what kind of man he is.”
Depay was then informed that Sneijder labelled Mourinho the best coach he’s ever worked with.
“That’s a nice prospect,” replied the winger.