Memphis Depay failed to make the grade at Manchester United because he made the move too young, according to Patrick Vieira.
The Dutchman moved to Old Trafford from PSV in the summer of 2015 and took on the No 7 shirt.
Exepctation was high but Depay quickly struggled to adapt under Louis van Gaal.
He would spend just 18 months in Manchester before Jose Mourinho moved him on to Lyon, where he has resurrected his career.
In Ligue 1 Depay has become a star but a move to Barcelona has just been confirmed after his contract at Lyon expired.
Vieira insists his experience at Old Trafford will have been beneficial in the long run and believes a switch to the Nou Camp is ideal for him.
He said on ITV: “I saw him play with Lyon and he is a terrific talent. He can make things happen – he can score or create.
“I think the experience at United was too early for him, but I think it makes him learn more about himself. In France he’s one of the top players and now he is signing for Barcelona.
“He’ll be at a club where he can truly show his talents and I think he’s been at one of the stars of Euro 2020.
Vieira’s assessment of Depay’s time in Manchester was recently echoed by Rio Ferdinand.
The former United star too thinks the timing of the move was wrong with the Dutchman just 21 at the time.
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He said on BBC: “I think it comes down to numerous things. Timing, the right time and right place, and maturity, he may have gone their too young.
“And coaching, the right coaching at the right time.”
Depay’s performances at Euro 2020 have divided opinion in his homeland despite the Netherlands enjoying a promising start.
But his manager Frank de Boer insists the forward is his own toughest critic.
“Memphis is the first person to criticise his own game and say I can do better than what I have shown so far,” he said.
“And I’m also sure that he’s not becoming another player or person when he receives this type of criticism as he’s really self-confident, and knows exactly what he wants on the pitch.
“This is his strength, his quality: you don’t upset him that easily.
“He knows perfectly well whether he played well or not. So let’s hope that as well for us, the Netherlands, for football itself, he can reach the level that we have in mind [for him] but still he is really important for us.”