Adnan Januzaj is determined to prove he can still be “a worthy Manchester United player” under Jose Mourinho.
Januzaj made his United debut in 2013 under David Moyes, but has slowly seen his standing in the squad decline in the following years.
The Belgian spent part of last season out on loan to Borussia Dortmund under Louis van Gaal, and found himself farmed out to Sunderland this campaign under Mourinho.
Speaking to Belgian newspaper HLN Sport, the 21-year-old, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, is still hopeful of enjoying a future at Old Trafford.
“I understand that I was no priority for Mourinho,” he said.
“I don’t have to talk, I have to perform.
“I don’t have any time to waste I have to prove again that I am a worthy Manchester United player.”
Januzaj’s father, Abedin, gave a glowing reference of the player’s professionalism.
“I help Adnan in his sporting choices, and I make sure he lives as he should,” he said.
“As long as I can see it, you will see no piercings or tattoos on my son, no crazy hairstyles. He’s never drank a drop of alcohol, and in the evening he stays inside.”