Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has hit out at Manchester United star Adnan Januzaj, saying that the youngster was “never completely with” the German outfit during his loan spell.
According to WhoScored.com, Januzaj made just six Bundesliga appearances from the substitutes’ bench during his time in Dortmund, failing to make a real impact on every occasion.
And Tuchel suspects that’s because of his head and heart remaining at Old Trafford—as he told Sportbild (via Goal.com):
It is a pity he did not show the desire and attitude you need to progress at his age. My feeling was that he never was completely with us, that a part of him always stayed in Manchester and he compared everything here with United. We were not able to help him to shake that off.
United fans were calling for the 20-year-old to return to Old Trafford in the wake of numerous uninspiring team performances, yet his displays in Germany hardly gave manager Louis van Gaal reason to beg Tuchel for his services.
Even so, the Dutchman told Sky Sports Football that he believes in Januzaj and will give him another chance in the Premier League:
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The wide berths have been an issue for United in 2015/16, with the likes of Memphis Depay, Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard failing to find any real consistency.
Januzaj could well bring back the club’s famous flair, although he’s unlikely to find his way back into the starting lineup anytime soon.
Van Gaal told reporters that the Belgian’s route back into his first-team plans will be through the under-21 setup, with the match against Reading on Monday an ideal starting point—via Sky Sports:
“We have to wait and see if his papers are right. If he can play Monday in the second team he shall play in the second team."
It’s then up to Januzaj to completely change his attitude and start living up to his exciting potential.