Adnan Januzaj has blasted former Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal, though his rebuttal doesn’t appear to mesh well with the statistics.
The Belgian, 25, burst onto the scene under the stewardship of David Moyes at Old Trafford.
While still a teenager, Januzaj offered glimpses of his huge potential in an otherwise disappointing 2013-14 campaign for Man Utd.
The Scot was sacked before completing his maiden season, however, with Dutchman Van Gaal appointed as successor.
Januzaj quickly fell out of favour under the new boss, and within 18 months, was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund.
Despite winning the FA Cup with Utd, Van Gaal’s time at Old Trafford isn’t remembered fondly by large sections of the fanbase.
The Dutchman has been critical of many aspects of his former club, and Januzaj was one player who also recently came in for a tongue lashing.
“Adnan had so many opportunities, just like Memphis Depay. In so many positions too,” he told Het Nieuwsblad (via The Metro)
“I believed in those players, but you have to contribute to the team’s tactical plan too, you have to enforce it.
“Adnan had no self-awareness of what he did right and wrong.”
Now, Januzaj has returned fire, slamming Van Gaal for the way in which he handled his young career.
“Well, Louis van Gaal. I really shouldn’t defend myself against him, the statistics say enough,” he told Het Nieuwsblad (via The Metro).
“Every time I made the difference with an assist or a goal, I was on the bench again afterwards. Memphis was the same.
“When he says he has given us enough opportunities, he is not telling the truth, it’s that simple.
“Fortunately, there are plenty of people at Manchester United who know how to appreciate me.”
Januzaj’s claims of being dropped after providing goal contributions don’t quite add up, however.
During his 18 months spent under Van Gaal, Januzaj scored just one goal and provided zero assists.
Meanwhile, Man Utd are reportedly lasering in on the capture of a £75m playmaker.
The Premier League star appears determined to depart his current club this summer, regardless of how the season finishes.