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EPL 2016/17: Adnan Januzaj hopes to prove himself at Sunderland; wants Manchester United return

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Adnan Januzaj has struggled with injuries and lack of form

On-loan Sunderland FC and Belgium international winger Adnan Januzaj has sent a message to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after speaking in an interview with HLN Sport.

Promising debut

The youngster made his first appearance for Manchester United in 2013, under David Moyes and scored two goals in his debut game against Sunderland in the English Premier League. The 21-year-old quickly labelled as the ‘next big thing’ by the club fans scored four goals for the club in his debut season.

But after David Moyes got the sack by the owners, the young Belgian’s career went downhill. The arrival of Dutch manager Louis van Gaal only made things worse for the 21-year-old after he was criticised for apparently displaying a poor attitude.

He was quickly sent out on loan to German football team, Borussia Dortmund last season by van Gaal. But the loan move did not work out for the youngster as he failed to make any kind of impression in his 12 appearances for the club.

Not part of Jose’s plans

Adnan Januzaj was hoping for a change in fortunes after Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho replaced Louis Van Gaal. But to the disappointment of the Belgian, he was once again sent out on loan to a Premier League club this time in the form of Sunderland where he united with the man who gave him his Manchester United debut, David Moyes.

 “I understand that I was no priority for Mourinho,” said the Belgian to the newspaper HLN Sport. “I don’t have to talk, I have to perform,” he went on to add.

Also read: Adnan Januzaj, from prodigal playmaker to struggling squad member

Januzaj still feels that he can resurrect his Manchester United career despite all the setbacks he has faced in the last couple of seasons by showing Jose Mourinho that he still has what it takes to become a key player in his squad by performing for David Moyes’s Black Cats.

“I have to prove myself”

"I don't have any time to waste I have to prove again that I am a worthy Manchester United player.”


Adnan Januzaj did not have the best of starts to his Sunderland stint as he suffered an ankle injury which kept him out for a couple of weeks but upon his return, the 21-year-old was on the receiving end of a red card in the game against Tottenham which the Black Cats lost 1-0.

So far, Januzaj has failed to impress in seven appearances for Sunderland FC scoring just one goal for the club although he has, in fact, shown his potential in bits and pieces in the games that he has played. It remains to be seen if Mourinho will call back the 21-year-old to strengthen his squad and also give Januzaj another shot at his Manchester United dream.

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