Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that he told Adnan Januzaj that joining Borussia Dortmund on loan was a big risk.
The gifted winger opted to move to Signa Iduna Park on loan this season as it became clear that regular first-team football would not be forthcoming for him at Old Trafford.
However, Januzaj is yet to start a Bundesliga game for Thomas Tuchel’s men, making six appearances from the bench so far in Germany.
Van Gaal, who has an attacking void this weekend due to injuries to the likes of Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial, has revealed that he warned Januzaj against moving to the prestigious German club.
“In a club like Borussia Dortmund all the players there are also of a certain level and I said in advance that’s a big risk for you because you have to compete with other players of a higher level and that is not so easy,” Manchester Evening News quote the Dutchman as saying.
“It’s the same thing as in Manchester United. He has to compete with higher level players. I want him to play all the matches and that is why I want to play him also in the Premier League but he chose for Borussia Dortmund.”
Januzaj burst onto the scene under David Moyes and is widely regarded as one of the brightest players to come through the Old Trafford youth academy in some time.
However, since Van Gaal’s arrival at the club the Belgium international has found regular football hard to find.