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Paul Scholes reveals why Adnan Januzaj had to leave Manchester United


Adnan Januzaj joined Real Sociedad in 2017 (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Adnan Januzaj had no option but to leave the club in 2017.

The Belgian winger, who was included in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final matchday squad for the Scot’s last game against West Brom in 2013, burst onto the scene the following season under David Moyes.

Januzaj was handed a five-year deal just months after his debut and it appeared as though United had found their next wonderkid to emerge from the club’s academy.

However, Moyes’ sacking was bad news for Januzaj as Louis van Gaal saw no place for the midfielder at Old Trafford, deciding to loan him to Dortmund during his first summer at the club.

Januzaj briefly returned but was sold to Real Sociedad by Jose Mourinho in 2017 and the Belgian comes up against his former club in the Europa League this week.

Januzaj burst onto the scene in 2013 (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Scholes coached Januzaj on two separate occasions at Old Trafford and says circumstances – not a lack of quality – resulted in the midfielder’s departure.

‘Yeah, he was a really talented kid,’ Scholes told MUTV .

‘When I retired the first time, I was coaching him with [former United reserves’ boss] Warren Joyce actually, for six months.

‘The talent no doubt was there. It’s still there, he’s doing really well at Sociedad. I think it’s been a good change for him.

‘He showed glimpses when he first came into United’s first team, that he had the ability that we all knew he had. For some reason it just didn’t work out and he’s had to go elsewhere.’

Given United’s recent collapse in the Premier League, the Europa League looks the club’s best chance for silverware this season.

Sociedad have suffered a dip of their own in La Liga but the Spanish club are having a fine campaign, inspired by former Manchester City ace David Silva.

Scholes believes United must be wary of Januzaj and the former Valencia man.

‘He’s [Januzaj] a really talented player and somebody we’re really going to have to watch on Thursday, along with David Silva obviously,’ said Scholes.

‘Adnan’s got great ability. He can go past people, he’s got a lovely left foot. He can score goals, create goals, so we’ll have to be careful with him.

‘I’m glad he’s done well. He’s a good lad, who tries his best all the time, great attitude. I hope he does well at Sociedad, but not too well this Thursday.’


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