Former Manchester United winger, Adnan Januzaj, has blamed Louis van Gaal for his struggle at Old Trafford before his departure.
Januzaj came through United’s youth system, and seemed primed to become the next big thing, after scoring twice against Sunderland on his debut.
But things didn’t quite go as expected for the Belgian, who ended up getting shipped off on loan before his ultimate departure in 2017.
In a recent interview with the media, the 26 year old reflected on his Old Trafford days, and said he struggled simply because the environment wasn’t conducive enough for him to thrive.
“I had Fergie and David Moyes, coaches that were believing in me, but then some others came in and they wanted a bit more experience in the team,” Januzaj said.
“I was a young boy and when you’re a young boy you have to shut up and do what people tell you to do.
“I didn’t have the right coach to push me. For example when Van Gaal came I was playing one game out of six so it was difficult and I was like ‘what am I doing here?’
“If at that time I could have chosen to leave the club the year before he came then I would have. I would have gone somewhere else and enjoyed my football.
“At that point I just wanted to leave the club. I didn’t want to go on loan, I wanted to get sold so it was a really difficult situation. I know I won’t make that mistake again.”
Januzaj currently plays for Real Sociedad, who are fifth in the La Liga, and will be facing Man United in the Europa League on Thursday.