Januzaj facing the wrath of van Gaal
Januzaj facing the wrath of van Gaal

When Adnan Januzaj first came into the Old Trafford limelight, it seemed the plucky Belgian would be catapulted into superstardom following a number of match-winning performances which mesmerized the crowd.

However, since Louis van Gaal took charge of the Manchester United managerial reins, the youngster has been sent out on loan. However, things didn’t work as per plan for Manchester United. Adnan wasn’t awarded chances at Dortmund and often lacked playing time at BVB. Then he was brought back and dumped on the bench.

Now, according to a report from the Metro, the youngster has been forced to spend some agonising time in the reserves recently because of some ill-advised antics during an Under-21 fixture against Sunderland back in January.

The playmaker somewhat showboated throughout most of the match and became intent on repeating his heroics stance against Oldham, in behind closed doors friendly.  He even managed to score directly from a corner.

The 21-year-old was trying desperately to outdo his team-mate Andreas Pereira and a close source to the club reported the pair to their Dutch supremo.

Since the alleged incident, Januzaj has played only one match across all competitions for United, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute during his team’s 3-2 win over Arsenal in February.

The 21-year-old promising youngster, who was less than two years ago selected to go the World Cup with Belgium, is now consigned to a place on the substitutes’ bench.

Januzaj announced himself to the Premier League with a brilliant brace in a 2-1 victory for United away to Sunderland in October 2013 and went on to start regularly under Moyes, scoring four goals and making six assists in 32 appearances under the Scot’s stewardship.

When Ryan Giggs hung up his boots to become assistant manager, it was Januzaj who was given the opportunity to follow in the Welshman’s footsteps and don the famous No 11 shirt at Old Trafford.

In that one misery-filled season, in which supporters were only witnessing the start of the doom and gloom of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, Januzaj had become United’s golden boy.

Fast forward 24 months, though, and it is hard to imagine a way in which Januzaj’s stock could have fallen any further than it has.