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Jose Mourinho on Leaving Memphis Depay Out: It Hurts Me

Jose Mourinho on Leaving Memphis Depay Out: It Hurts Me

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted it hurts him to have to leave players on the bench, specifically Dutch winger Memphis Depay.

Depay signed for United for £25 million in 2015, however the 22-year-old has struggled so far to make a lasting impression on the Premier League.

And with United winning 4-1 against West Ham last night without Depay in the match squad, it’s starting to look like the former PSV man’s future may lie elsewhere.

However, Mourinho claims it “hurts” him to have to leave Depay out, along with Ashley Young, due to the amount of options he has in wide positions.

He said: “It hurts me, it hurts me. It hurts me a lot to leave [Memphis] Depay and Ashley Young at home,” declared the Portuguese.

“It hurts me a lot like last week, when I had to leave out Martial, and next week I’ll leave another one.”

The Portuguese manager added: “We have so many players for these positions and it’s good for me but it’s bad for them. Football players want to play matches and I cannot give to everyone at the same time, so it hurts me.”

Whether Mourinho’s admission gives Depay more hope of finally making the grade at Old Trafford remains to be seen.

United’s next game is away from home against Everton on Sunday afternoon.

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