Adnan Januzaj Reveals Why He Left Manchester United

Adnan Januzaj and Memphis Depay on the bench before the match.

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Marcus Rashford had the chance of a lifetime handed to him when Louis van Gaal elected to start him in place of the injured forward options.

That chance has since leapfrogged into a pretty stable game-time material under Jose Mourinho, for when the English forward isn’t utilized in the starting lineup, the Portuguese gaffer favors him to be an impact substitution.

Another of LVG’s master-strokes was the purchase of Anthony Martial, whom the Dutch gaffer believed was a purchase for the club’s future. At the moment, the French forward is Manchester United’s in-form goalscorer.

One does wonder then why David Moyes didn’t have any such success stories. However, there was one starlet that did show hope under Moyes, but has now blamed Mourinho for the demise of his time as a Red Devil.

Adnan Januzaj was touted for great things when he sped on to the Old Trafford pitch at the age of 18. His initial antics drew comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo, and many expected him to be yet another home-grown legend for the side. But that was not to be, and the Belgian now reveals why.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Januzaj states: “I didn’t really get a chance because at the time he [Mourinho] probably wanted more experienced players with names. For me, it wasn’t a problem.”

Much hope was pinned onto him, as Ryan Giggs’ iconic no.11 jersey was handed over. However, he didn’t feature much under Mourinho at all, with a loan spell with Sunderland and the eventual sale to Real Sociedad ending his romance with the club.

He adds: “I had to move on and now I am happy in Spain and making a difference. I always knew I had the quality to play for Manchester United. I know what I am capable of. They didn’t give me a chance but it’s not a problem, I am happy in Spain and enjoying my football.”