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Charlie Nicholas Tears Into "Show Pony" Memphis Depay After Man Utd Departure

Charlie Nicholas Tears Into "Show Pony" Memphis Depay After Man Utd Departure
By Mikey Traynor

It's time for the latest Soccer Saturday rant about a footballer that has pissed him off.

Former Arsenal man Charlie Nicholas launched into a scathing rant about new Lyon signing Memphis Depay after Manchester United allowed the Dutchman to leave the club with a buy-back option in his contract.

Nicholas told Sky Sports that he would have chased Memphis out of the club last summer if it was his decision, as the Scot was left distinctly unimpressed by Depay's attitude during his time in England.

I would have chased him out last summer.

He's a show pony. He was only interested in the United image. Mourinho doesn't do show ponies, just ask Joe Cole.

He's a poor version of Neymar. When he does a trick he doesn't even leave the player, he wants to stay and do another trick. What has surprised me is the amount of money they got back. It tells you a lot that no Premier League teams were interested in him.

Funnily enough, Paul Merson, who is no stranger to a rant about a Premier League player, expressed his sympathy with Memphis for arriving at Man Utd during a difficult time, and claimed that he is a good player who will do well elsewhere.


There are a lot of minuses instead of pluses but he's a young kid who got into the United team when they were a very poor team and he struggled.

He's got behind the eight ball and he hasn't recovered. I think, whoever gets him will get a good player. I like him, I'm a big fan of his.

He found it difficult at the start. You are playing in front of 20,000 people and then all of sudden you are playing in front of 60,000 people and you have to carry that club. He found it difficult but he's not that bad a player. He will be a success.

It's a good move for both parties. They should both cut their losses. You find with United that if a player doesn't start well and falls behind at Old Trafford, they find it difficult to catch up. We've seen it before with Anderson and players like that, there have been a few.

However, I still think he's got a bright future in this game. I hope we see him back.

Aside from the fact that Anderson had a brilliant start at Man Utd where the fans loved him but he soon faded into a shadow of that player... It was a sensible view from Merse.


Phil Thompson and Matt Le Tisser both agreed that his performances never really warranted a run in the side and that the Old Trafford stage was just too big for him.

Either way, Memphis Depay is now a Lyon player, and Charlie Nicholas is sitting there thinking he's delighted to see the back of him.



[via Sky Sports]

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