Adnan Januzaj doesn’t like Louis van Gaal. It’s understandable. The Dutchman effectively ruined Januzaj’s Manchester United career. The season before Van Gaal was appointed saw Januzaj break into the United first team.
One of the few upsides of the David Moyes season that United fans pretend never happened, Januzaj looked like the next big thing. He was so promising that he inherited Ryan Giggs’ iconic number 11 jersey.
Van Gaal shook things up upon his arrival and Januzaj didn’t gel with the eccentric coach. Two loans followed and now the Belgian midfielder is at Real Sociedad after severing ties with United earlier in the transfer window.
Van Gaal vow
He told AS: “If I score a goal I will dedicate it to Van Gaal. I don’t want to talk about him but everyone knows how many problems I had with him. We didn’t have the best of rapports.
“It wasn’t easy, it’s very frustrating and difficult when you are in a situation like that. I didn’t have many possibilities to play. I spent a long time on the bench and that makes you lose confidence and minor injuries emerge.
“Many times I wouldn’t play as a starter and you struggle to shine without continuity. The coach would put me in positions that I didn’t know how to play in and I had little experience in.
“I hope that one day, I can shut up all those people that criticised me.”