Former Manchester United attacker Memphis Depay appears to have taken a pop at his old club’s owners, the Glazer family, in his latest rap song, ‘Big Fish’.
The Netherlands international moved to Old Trafford from PSV back in 2015, when Louis van Gaal was still in charge, but netted just two Premier League goals in 33 appearances and was sold to Lyon two years later at a loss.
Depay has enjoyed a return to form during his time in France and United had the foresight to include a buyback clause, though it appears unlikely the club will be triggering that anytime soon.
As well as playing football, Depay has also pursued a hip-hop career in recent years, releasing several songs, with his latest effort seemingly including a swipe at the Glazer family.
‘I’ve been planning to make some statements,’ raps Depay. ‘I need money like the Glazers.’
The Glazer family have owned United for over 15 years, with their reign coinciding with a lack of spending that has seen them fail to mount a serious title challenge over the past seven seasons.
United recently announced that the club’s debt had soared by 133% to £474.1million as the coronavirus pandemic hit TV deals, ticket sales and sponsorship, though United still paid out £20m in dividends to the Glazer family.
Depay is out of contract with Lyon next summer and has been heavily linked with a cut-price move to Barcelona.
Speaking about why his time at United went sour, Depay said: ‘Leaving Manchester United? That was not complicated. I’m young, I need to play.
‘When I think about the last time I played a whole 90 minutes before coming here [to Lyon], it was a year ago. It’s incredible.
‘I have no bitterness towards Jose Mourinho [United’s manager in Depay’s second and final season].
‘I did what I had to do in training. Of course, I didn’t understand his choices, but he was the boss. I had to accept those choices. I think I was not good enough for him. But it’s okay, I’m showing my quality here [at Lyon]. I’ll be back to the top and we’ll see what will happen.’