The Belgium international shot to prominence during David Moyes’ short reign at Old Trafford, scoring two goals on his full Premier League debut - incidentally against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Januzaj was tipped for big things, and it wasn’t at all surprising as he evidently possessed excellent ball control, the ability to cut inside at ease and find the back of the net.
However, the 20-year-old failed to establish himself as a first-teamer under Louis van Gaal, starting just seven Premier League games and getting a handful of minutes in both cup competitions.
Subsequently, speculation has arisen over his future, and reports in the Express credit Everton with holding a strong interest and talk up the likelihood of a potential deal.
However, the Toffees are only rated at 8/1 by Sky Bet to sign Januzaj permanently this summer, whereas fellow Premier League side Sunderland are a clear favourite at 5/2.
But why? After all, there have been next to no reports in the press linking the United youngster with a switch to the Black Cats and the Wearside outfit have been fairly quiet on the transfer front.
A possible explanation is Sunderland’s need to bolster their attacking ranks, and missing out on reported target Stewart Downing, plus the Adam Johnson situation could see them explore closer to home.
Dick Advocaat is a savvy manager, but he will know full well the club are in danger of starting the campaign without any creativity and service for new striker signing Jeremain Lens.
Januzaj represents a fine option, his chances of first-team football at Old Trafford appear extremely slim at present and it’s a move which could suit all parties if an agreement can be reached.