Monday 24 October 2016

'He didn't have the desire and right attitude' - Dortmund manager blasts United winger Adnan Januzaj

Published 09/01/2016 | 13:48

Adnan Januzaj
Adnan Januzaj

Adnan Januzaj has been accused of showing a bad attitude during his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund from Manchester United.

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The Belgian winger joined Dortmund at the start of the season after being warned that he was unlikely to be a first team regular under Louis van Gaal.

But his spell in the Bundesliga was a flop: he failed to start a single league match and his loan was cut short last week by mutual consent.

Januzaj's attitude has now been criticised by his manager at Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel, who said he did not show the requisite desire to succeed.

"It is a pity he did not show the desire and attitude you need to progress at his age," the BVB boss said to Sportbild.

"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. They are coming to us to ask for a second chance."

Van Gaal has vowed to play Januzaj in United's under-21 team against Reading next week in an effort to bring him up to match sharpness.

Asked about his decision to bring back Januzaj and Will Keane from loan spells, he said: "Manchester United is a club that takes care of all our players and I think it's a very good habit to have that,

"I believe in the talent of Adnan Januzaj. I said it would be very difficult to play matches in Dortmund and unfortunately I was right."

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