It had looked bright for him but he arrived at a bleak future. Aged 18, he scored twice on his debut in a match against Sunderland and became the toast of the fans. He was touted to be a success at Man United and was the only encouraging factor during David Moyes disappointed 2013/2014 season at Old Trafford.
Adnan Januzaj had worn the United jersey with pride and probably with conviction that he would wear it for many more years to come, accompanied with trophies but that was not to be. He played 38 games, scored five goals and assisted another eight in his debut season for United
But the tide turned upon the arrival of Louis van Gaal the following season and he was relegated to the bench after failing to impress the Dutch manager while a loan spell at Borussia Dortmund did nothing positive to revive his dwindling career, with Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel accused him of lack of desire during his loan spell and had to return to Old Trafford earlier than expected.
Last season on loan at relegated Sunderland was no different story and even before his return to United, Jose Mourinho has concluded he has no future at the club, he was not part of the pre-season squad and a £9.8 million transfer fee was agreed with Real Sociedad, ending Januzaj spell at Old Trafford.
However, the 22-year-old believes he can re-ignite his career at the Spanish club.
“My dream as a child was to be a footballer and become one of the best in the world. I have come to La Real to grow,” he said.
“I want to show my level to all those who have been speaking ill of me these last two years.”