Man City’s Champions League campaign begins with a home defeat

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Ex-Manchester United player Memphis Depay further endeared himself to fans of his former club last night as he played a key role in Lyon’s win over City at the Etihad.

The 24-year-old Dutch winger assisted Nabil Fekir for the French side’s second goal in their 2-1 victory and would’ve grabbed a goal for himself were it not for the heroics of City goalkeeper Ederson.

Memphis, who teased at a possible return to United in the build-up to the game, took to Instagram after Lyon’s win, posting a video of himself smiling alongside the caption: “Manchester is still red #lol”.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Memphis said: “It is a big result. I am proud of the team. It was difficult game but when we had the ball we tried to play and when we won the ball we tried to counter-attack. We have a good team and tonight we showed that we can definitely go through from this group stage.

“They pressed and it was difficult to come out from the pressure. But we came away with the win. We have three points and we have to continue this. Everyone is very proud.

“It will give us confidence to have won this. Something we have to take into Ligue 1. We have won big games before and we have to continue to play like this and get used to it.”

Meanwhile, former United defender Rafael, who played 76 minutes of Lyon’s victory, beamed as was interviewed after the match.

“I never lose here!” Rafael laughed. “I’m very happy. Everybody knows I’m a Manchester United supporter, so it’s very good to come here and get a win.

“First half we did brilliant and we had some chances.

“We pressed good, did well when we didn’t have the ball and were killer on the counter attack. We did very well all game.”