Adnan Januzaj served a reminder of his talents to Louis van Gaal on Monday night with two goals for Manchester United’s U21s.
The 20-year-old made his first appearance since returning early from his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund and put in an impressive display as United’s youngsters brushed Southampton’s U21s aside with a 4-0 win at Leigh Sports Village.
He opened the scoring with a deflected shot just before the break, then won a penalty which was Will Keane scored from and scored again when he hammered home a shot in the 79th minute.
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He was then substituted after a promising performance under the watchful eyes of Louis Van Gaal’s assistant, Albert Stuivenberg and training physiologist Jos van Dijk.
He was criticised by Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, who claimed that the Belgium forward did not have the required attitude to progress and his season-long loan spell was then cancelled by the Bundesliga club in January after Januzaj failed to start a league game.
He started just three matches – all in the Europa League – and his only playing time in the Bundesliga came off the bench.