Depay left United in January 2017, less than two years after signing a £ 25million transfer from PSV Eindhoven at the age of 21. He has only made 16 league starts for United, 53 appearances in total, scoring just seven goals, having been billed as an immense talent when Louis van Gaal brought him to Manchester.
But Depay, now 27, shone for Lyon, where he arrived after Jose Mourinho sanctioned his exit from United – and the winger is now heavily touted for a move to Barcelona.
He also shines on the international stage, scoring for the Netherlands in their 2-0 Euro 2020 win over Austria on Thursday night, which reserved De Oranjes’ place in the round of 16.
Ferdinand told BBC Sport: “I think he’s a maverick. He’s a new age type of personality that embraces the entire lifestyle of a football player and beyond, and some old school people don’t like that and it took a while for someone. like me to adapt to that. ”
When asked why Depay flopped at Old Trafford, Ferdinand replied, “I think it comes down to a lot of things.
“The timing, the right time and the right place, and the maturity, maybe he went too young. And coaching, the right coaching at the right time. “