Adnan Januzaj has admitted to the Belgian press that he has endured a difficult season at Manchester United
Adnan Januzaj has had a disappointing season under Louis van Gaal, after initially breaking through under David Moyes, but defiantly told newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, as quoted by Walfoot, that he will improve.
Talking to the Belgian publication, Januzaj said: ‘’Of course I want to play. This season has been difficult, but people forget that I’m only 20 years old. Sometimes you have to be patient.
‘’I did my best in training, but also outside. I work hard in the gym to become stronger.’’
What’s gone wrong in Januzaj’s progression?
The Belgian international set the bar high last season and was expected to come back this term even stronger. However, it’s been quite the opposite.
After limited chances under Van Gaal, the United number 11 failed to register a single Premier League goal or assist in 850 minutes of game time.
Mainly used from the bench, the youngster found it difficult to impact on games as he had done the season before and was guilty of often trying to overplay in order to catch the attention of his manager.
This summer, and the season to come, will be a big one for the Belgian as he could find himself away from the first team, maybe even out on loan, following the signing of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven.
A loan move could do Januzaj the world of good, though, as he needs a consistent run of games in order to grow as a footballer.