Adnan Januzaj pinpoints where Man Utd struggles began as he prepares for return

Adnan Januzaj believes the arrival of Louis van Gaal were where his struggles at Manchester United began.

The Belgian burst onto the scene at Old Trafford and looked set to become a leading light.

His performances, particularly in the 2013/14 season under David Moyes, came in for plenty of praise.

But Januzaj claims Van Gaal wasn't the right coach for him when he was a young player as he became increasingly marginalsied before moving on.

"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," he told ESPN.

"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?'

"The first season under Moyes I was getting game time to show myself. At Manchester United, the most disappointing thing was that I wasn’t getting games."

Januzaj has had spells at Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland before settling at Real Sociedad.

The Spanish side have been drawn against United in the Europa League Round of 32, but the Belgian is not out to prove anything to anyone.

"I don’t have to prove to anyone how good I am, I just have to believe in myself, get my games and be happy," he added.

"I’m really happy to go back there, the club I love. Once I’m on the pitch, there’s going to be no friends because obviously, I’m playing for another club now and also I want to win the game.

"I want to go through with my team. I’m really happy to go back there to see the people but once I’m on the pitch there will be no friends."

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