Adnan Januzaj has returned to Manchester United after Borussia Dortmund agreed to cut short his season-long loan spell at Signal Iduna Park.
The Belgian's widely rumoured return was confirmed by the Red Devils on Thursday:
Manchester United @ManUtd
#mufc confirms Adnan Januzaj will rejoin the squad, after Borussia Dortmund agreed to cancel his loan deal. https://t.co/Uxeq2NtfJT2016-1-7 12:00:18
Per BBC Sport, United requested the 20-year-old's return because of his lack of game time for Dortmund under manager Thomas Tuchel.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc revealed that Januzaj himself also wished to return to his parent club, per the Manchester Evening News' James Robson: "It was a wish of Adnan to go back. The loan wasn’t a good deal for both sides all in all."
Januzaj moved to Dortmund at the end of August and subsequently made just six appearances in the Bundesliga, all as a substitute, amounting to a total of 160 minutes of league football, per WhoScored.com.
Belgian football writer Kristof Terreur provided his full appearance stats:
Kristof Terreur 📰 @HLNinEngeland
Januzaj played 648 minutes for Borussia Dortmund. 0 starts in the Bundesliga, 6 apperances as a sub, 3 starts in the Europa League. #MUFC2016-1-6 20:09:43
Given United's lack of invention in attack for much of the 2015-16 campaign, Januzaj may be able to inject some verve back into the forward line.
He was a breath of fresh air in a stuttering United side when he broke onto the scene under David Moyes in 2013-14, and the Old Trafford faithful will hope he can provide the current outfit with a similar shot in the arm upon his return.
However, Januzaj will have to prove he is worthy of a first-team spot—he can play through the middle or on either flank—as manager Louis van Gaal was not overly impressed when he opted to move to Dortmund, reported by Sky Sports.
The Express' Bruce Archer is hopeful the Dutchman will give Januzaj a chance to shine:
Bruce Archer @Bruce_Archer89
Think there's a genuine superstar in Januzaj. Hope he gets a chance to prove it under Van Gaal #mufc2016-1-6 20:10:21
And Robson is confident he will be given opportunities back at Old Trafford:
James Robson @JamesRobsonMEN
Januzaj set to return to United. Should get chances back at OT, which raises question marks over why he was allowed to go at all2016-1-6 20:02:05
With a match coming up against Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Saturday before a clash with Newcastle United in the Premier League on Tuesday, Januzaj could be back playing in a red shirt again very soon.