Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj has said he is looking forward to working with Louis Van Gaal, who was appointed the new manager at Old Trafford on a three-year contract yesterday.
Januzaj probably has more to thank David Moyes for than any of the other players in the camp as the Belgian proved to be a bright spark in an otherwise miserable season for United. But the teenager spoke highly of the Scot’s successor.
He told Sky Sports: “I feel very happy because he’s a great manager. He's won a lot and I’m looking forward to working with him.
“I think we’re going to have a great future ahead so I’m looking forward to it.”
Januzaj impressed last season with some eye-catching displays – notably his performance in a win over Sunderland where he scored both goals as United came from behind to win 2-1 at the Stadium of Light. Former Manchester United Gary Neville highlighted him as one of very few positives to come from the campaign, if not the only positive.
Van Gaal has a reputation for giving young players a chance as well as upsetting a few of the more established players in the dressing room. One former member of his backroom staff at Bayern Munich, Mehmet Scholl, gave an interview to the Guardian, where he said:
"For the big stars it is not easy to work with him but for the young players he is brilliant. He is brilliant on the pitch and wants them to learn all the time, wants them to learn. Even the old players."
That must be encouraging for the 19-year-old as he may get even more game time under Van Gaal as he continues to develop his game.
Januzaj also had a few works to say about Ryan Giggs, who has announced his retirement from playing football to become the Assistant Manager at United.
“Every time I was playing on the pitch I was asking Giggsy how to play and some advice of what to do on the pitch, so he helped me a lot. He was a great player and he’s got a lot of respect from me and from other players, and other people, so I think it’s very important to have someone like him at the club.”
With those two watching from the sidelines, it will be interesting to see just how much his game improves next season.