Adnan Januzaj: Why the Belgian needed to leave Man United

Reports emerging from San Sebastian had suggested that Adnan Januzaj is on the verge of joining Real Sociedad on a permanent move, which has now been made official.

Manchester United have allegedly accepted a fee in the region of £9.8m for the winger who has completed the move.

The 22-year old was prompted to push for a move away from Old Trafford after he was left out of Jose Mourinho’s squad currently on a pre-season tour of the United States.

Arriving at the decision was not easy; it was never going to be easy- more so for an Academy graduate- but leaving Manchester United may well be in the best interest of both parties.


Burgeoning talent

Adnan came into the spotlight during the 2012/13 season when he lead the reserve team to Premier League victory; the same year Robin van Persie inspired the first team to Premier League glory.

His exploits with the youth team earned him a place on the bench during Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge against West Brom, but it was under David Moyes that the Belgian proved to be a burgeoning talent.

Impressive performances on his debut season earned him a new contract amid increasing talks of being the long-term replacement for Ryan Giggs. Even so, the arrival of Louis van Gaal came with a change of fortune, one that would eventually herald his decline.


Prolonged loan spells

Januzaj joined Borussia Dortmund on loan during the 2015/16 season, for all intents and purposes, to gain more game time rather than offloading.

His stay at the Signal Iduna Park was however short-lived after the Dortmund coaching staff released the youngster midway through the season with questions over his attitude and work ethic.

A move to Sunderland last season didn’t do much, if anything at all, as the forward failed to replicate his good vein of form under David Moyes with the Black Cats. Out of sorts and seemingly on a downward trajectory, a move to a less demanding division like the La Liga could help suit his style of play.


Work towards a comeback

It’s only naturally for a player his age to feel unwanted having been left out of United’s pre-season squad for the second year running, but Adnan Januzaj should draw considerable lessons for the likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.

Manchester United broke the bank with a record breaking £89m for a player they released on a free transfer four year earlier while Jose Mourinho equally rallied for the acquisition of Romelu Lukaku for £75m- the same player who couldn’t live up to the billing for his Chelsea side in 2014.

For Adnan Januzaj though, changing his attitude will be pivotal in working his way up the ranks once again.


Written by Brian Humphrey

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