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Manchester United recall Adnan Januzaj midway through season long loan spell

Manchester United are said to be upset with the lack of opportunities for the 20-year-old Belgian at Dortmund this season

Januzaj failed to break into Thomas Tuchel’s Dortmund side as he has made only 5 appearances so far this season

Premier League giants Manchester United have cut short Adnan Januzaj’s season long loan deal with Bundesliga powerhouses Borussia Dortmund. The Belgian winger is believed to arrive at Old Trafford by next week.

The Red Devils are reported to be upset with the lack of playing time that is being provided to the 20-year-old as he has made only 5 appearances so far for the German club and all of those have been in the Europa League. Januzaj could never really break into the Dortmund XI since he was loaned out by the Old Trafford side early in the season.

It is believed that Van Gaal had hoped that the youngster would gain valuable match experience playing regularly for Thomas Tuchel’s side in the German top division but the Belgian was never considered good enough by Tuchel to play in the Bundesliga.

It was not clear if the returning winger is to be slotted into the United squad which is struggling for attacking options or if he would be shipped off to a different club for another loan stint. However, it is believed that the decision to bring him back from Germany was made by manager Van Gaal. 

We did not sell Januzaj because we believe in his quality: Van Gaal

Adnan Januzaj burst onto the season at Manchester United when David Moyes was at the helm at Old Trafford. The winger was one of the few lone sparks in an otherwise forgettable season for both Moyes and United.

However, as Louis van Gaal took over as the manager in 2014, the Belgian found chances hard to come by making only 22 appearances for the club and failing to score a single goal. He did score the winner in United’s win over Aston Villa in August of the current season but was shipped off to Borussia Dortmund to gain some playing time with the Bundesliga outfit.

Before it was decided to send the Belgian on a loan spell, Van Gaal had explained the reason behind his actions. 

"I have said to Januzaj that I will give him opportunities in the position of nine and maybe of 10,” he had said.

“I have done that and then decided that, no, it would be better for him to go to another environment, maybe he will play more with them than me and we can see if he develops himself.”

“Another year in the same way as last year is not good for Januzaj. This is why we let players go on loan and we don't sell, because we believe in the quality of Januzaj.”

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