Former Manchester United midfielder has expressed regret in leaving the club earlier.

The Frenchman struggled after arriving at the Old Trafford club from Southampton in 2015 and left for Everton in 2016 after being frozen out by Jose Mourinho but according to the player, he could have been more patient at Old Trafford.

In a candid interview with French portal L’Equipe, the 32-year-old said: “I learned a lot from my departure from Manchester United. I had played 40 matches the previous season with Manchester. When I come back from the Euros, I take ten days off and I play very little for three, four months.

“Then, I have Ronald Koeman and Everton who are pushing hard to get me, every day, from October. I will remember it all my life: I should have played against Liverpool (October 17, 2016), starter, and the coach (Mourinho) comes to see me.

“He tells me he doesn’t feel me inside the group. I tell him that indeed, with what has happened in the last three months, I am not in it and I want to go to Everton.

“I regretted it very quickly. Even if it went very well at Everton (Jan. 2017-2020), when you play for Manchester United, when you’re at a club like that, it’s not for a moment of doubt that you have to question everything.

“Look at Ander Herrera: the first year I arrived, he was on the bench; he persevered, and today he is at PSG.”

The player left Everton for Ligue One side Nice where he stays to date.


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