Friday 24 March 2017

Another Man United star heads for the exit after being left 'humiliated' by Jose Mourinho

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 22: Adnan Januzaj #15 of Manchester United drives the ball during the 2016 International Champions Cup China match between Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund at Shanghai Stadium on July 22, 2016 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 22: Adnan Januzaj #15 of Manchester United drives the ball during the 2016 International Champions Cup China match between Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund at Shanghai Stadium on July 22, 2016 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

James Ducker

Adnan Januzaj was close to joining Sunderland on a season-long loan last night after being left "humiliated" by Jose Mourinho's decision to axe him from Manchester United's first-team squad.

A move to the Stadium of Light would re-unite the Belgium winger with former United manager David Moyes, under whom he enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season at Old Trafford in 2013-14 before his fortunes began to plummet.

Moyes is also on the verge of signing two more players from his former club as Mourinho starts to clear the decks at United in the wake of his £145m (€169m) outlay on four new signings.

Paddy McNair, the Northern Ireland defender-cum-midfielder, and defender Donald Love underwent medicals at Sunderland yesterday and are expected to sign four-year deals.

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Sunderland have agreed a combined fee of £5.5m, with McNair valued at £5 m, and the pair are likely to be joined this week by Januzaj, who has been frozen out by Mourinho in a similar manner to Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Januzaj has been training with United's reserves since being told by Mourinho a fortnight ago that he would not be part of his plans for this season.

He did not take kindly to the news and feels he should have been shown more respect after 63 first-team appearances.

At times, the 21-year-old - who is known to be stubborn - has been arriving for training at United's Carrington base already in his kit and, on one occasion, he changed in the toilets to avoid having to do so in the U-21s' dressing room. Sources close to the player say he feels "humiliated".

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Januzaj's attitude has been openly questioned by senior figures at United, including Louis van Gaal, but they have been reluctant to allow him to leave permanently .

There is still a belief among the hierarchy that Januzaj could deliver on the potential he showed under Moyes.

Hence, their decision to allow him go to Sunderland for the season after his calamitous loan spell at Borussia Dortmund last term.

Irish Independent

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