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Ex-Manchester United wonderkid Adnan Januzaj claims Louis van Gaal ruined his Old Trafford career

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Ex-Manchester United wonderkid Adnan Januzaj claims Louis van Gaal ruined his Old Trafford career

ADNAN JANUZAJ claims former manager Louis van Gaal ruined his Manchester United career.

The Belgian broke into the first team under David Moyes at the age of 18 and scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Sunderland on his debut.

Adnan Januzaj claims Louis van Gaal killed his career at Manchester UnitedAdnan Januzaj claims Louis van Gaal killed his career at Manchester UnitedAction Images - Reuters Adnan Januzaj scored twice against Sunderland on Manchester United debutAdnan Januzaj scored twice against Sunderland on Manchester United debutAP:Associated Press

However, his career soon took a nosedive and, despite showing flashes of talent, he failed to convince the Scot’s replacement Van Gaal and saw his playing time limited.

Following underwhelming loan spells at Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland, he was sold to Real Sociedad this summer.

Januzaj believes young players need to be given confidence by their manager. He is quote in The Mirror as saying: “I didn’t have any chances, really.

He [Van Gaal] wasn’t giving me the right signals to up my game.

Adnan Januzaj insists David Moyes gave him confidence as a young playerAdnan Januzaj insists David Moyes gave him confidence as a young playerGetty Images Adnan Januzaj left Manchester United to join Real Sociedad in summerAdnan Januzaj left Manchester United to join Real Sociedad in summerEPA

“I was still only a young player. When you have a young ­player, a manager has to give them confidence. Let them play and grow up.

“Obviously, that didn’t happen under Van Gaal, so it was a very difficult season for me. Before that, David Moyes had trusted me from day one.

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“He understood I was a young player, but when Van Gaal arrived, everything changed, my progression stopped.

“For a football player, the most important thing is to have a ­manager who gives you a lot of confidence.

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Then you go on the pitch and give everything for the manager, the team and the fans.

“On the pitch, I never think what people are saying. All that matters is to try and look after the ball and do your best. At the time, that was what I was doing.

“I wanted to show my qualities. But, mentally, it was very tough. As a young player, to take all of this and the criticism, it wasn’t easy at all.”

Still just 23, he insists he has unfinished business in the Premier League.

Adnan Januzaj with Jose Mourinho in summer, before leaving Old TraffordAdnan Januzaj with Jose Mourinho in summer, before leaving Old TraffordPA:Press Association

Januzaj added: “With my quality, I think I could go play in any league I went to. I am happy here, but who knows what the future will hold?

“I don’t decide all this, but, if, one day, I have to be back in the Premier League, then why not?

“For now, I am in La Liga and enjoying football here.

And the most important thing for a footballer is that you have to be happy.”

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