By Germany correspondent Hans Matthias
Adnan Januzaj has been slammed by the Borussia Dortmund manager for having a poor attitude during his failed loan spell at the club.
Manager Thomas Tuchel has given fresh insight into the Manchester United winger’s miserable five-month spell in the Bundesliga by criticising the player’s hunger and attitude.
United announced on Thursday that they had recalled Januzaj from his season-long loan at Borussia Dortmund.
The Premier League giants activated the recall clause in Januzaj’s loan contract to cut short his spell in Germany and allow him to return to his parent club.
Tuchel has made it clear that the reason the move did not work out was down to the 20-year-old.
“It is a pity he did not show the desire and attitude you need to progress at his age,” the Dortmund boss told Sportbild. “My feeling was that he never was completely with us, that a part of him always stayed in Manchester and he compared everything here with United. We were not able to help him to shake that off.”
Louis van Gaal hs welcomed Januzaj back into the United fold but will give the youngster run-outs with the Under-21s to develop his match sharpness before deciding whether to recall him to the senior squad.
Speaking on Friday, Van Gaal explained: “He has been tested already this morning, he didn’t play so much 90 minutes, only pre-season, and he has to show his fitness in the second team and then we also have to see if the paperwork is alright and if he can play in the second-team on Monday.
“He is fit to play, and that is also very good, then he can show his quality.”
The 20-year-old had a difficult time at Dortmund, where he made 12 appearances for the Bundesliga club, only three of which were starts. His six league outings were all as a substitute and he has not featured since a Europa League defeat by PAOK Salonika on 10 December.