Belfast Telegraph

Januzaj set for Manchester United return

By Simon Peach

Adnan Januzaj will return to Manchester United after the winger's loan deal at Borussia Dortmund was terminated. The 20-year-old only managed six appearances in the Bundesliga and failed to make a single start since joining Dortmund at the end of August.

The Red Devils have recalled Januzaj with the paperwork expected to be finalised in the next 24 hours - it's understood a formal announcement of the decision will be made today.

Januzaj played four times for United in August, scoring the winner at Aston Villa.

His Old Trafford contract runs until 2018.

United supporters will be hoping the promising youngster can kick on after an extremely disappointing spell in Germany.

The news will delight United fans whose hopes were raised of a return for the Belgian when he appeared in the directors' box for the recent home game with Chelsea.

However, the young forward will have his work cut out to impress Van Gaal who has not always believed Januzaj had the right approach to the game.

Januzaj's fall from grace has been spectacular since David Moyes blooded him in the United team two seasons ago. Back then there was a high profile tussle for his international allegiance with even England showing interest at one stage.

Januzaj eventually chose Belgium but such have been his difficulties since then that he is not now tipped to make Marc Wilmots' squad for the European Championships in France this summer.

Van Gaal was asked about Januzaj back in November and said: "At a club like Borussia Dortmund, all the players are also of a certain level. I said in advance that it is a big risk, because you have to compete with other players of a higher level and that is not so easy.

"It is the same as at Manchester United. He has to compete with higher level players. I want him to play all the matches and that is why I wanted to play him in the Premier League, but he chose Borussia Dortmund.

"We have to wait and see (if the move works out) because now he doesn't play. I am certain he has the talent to play, but he has to learn a lot of things.

"Talent is important, but so is the character to develop your talent."

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