The Belgian’s likely destination is Sunderland, where he would link up with David Moyes who he previously worked and excelled under at United.
It is understood, however, that Januzaj would prefer a permanent move away from Old Trafford after having limited chances last season and things unlikely to change in the Jose era after not being named in Mourinho’s 26 man squad for the season. He has since been training with the reserves.
Januzaj’s attitude has often been an issue
It is hard to doubt Januzaj’s obvious talent and potential, however his commitment and attitude has been questioned after he broke onto the scene in David Moyes’ short stay at the club.
Fans were in awe after his match-winning performance away at Sunderland under Moyes and the Scotsman is very keen to be reunited with the Belgian at the Stadium of Light.
United want a loan move for Januzaj as they recognize his talent and understand he needs to develop playing first-team football, albeit with a much better attitude.
They are aware of the Paul Pogba situation where a midfield talent was let go and a world record transfer fee was needed to bring him back to Old Trafford.
The two clubs agreed the fee for the pair in the region of £6m with McNair the more expensive signing.
McNair had impressed at Old Trafford but has struggled to maintain a first team place with Chris Smalling and Daley Blind being Louis Van Gaal’s preferred center-back pairing.
It was unlikely McNair would ever be part of Mourinho’s plans with Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and also academy product Timothy Fosu-Mensah likely to be ahead of the Northern-Irishman in the pecking order.
He comes off the back of being part of the Northern Ireland squad in the European Championship in France.
Love, 21, on the other hand spent the majority of last season out on loan at Wigan Athletic and only made one first team start last season, ironically away to Sunderland in a humbling 2-1 defeat.
Moyes will hope Love can push on in his career and solve his right-back problems at the Stadium of Light.
It still remains unclear whether Moyes will make an attempt to sign Marouane Fellaini or Adnan Januzaj having recently expressed an interest in signing them.
David Moyes is set to enquire over a loan deal to bring Januzaj, 21, to the Stadium of Light. Sunderland wanted to sign the Belgium international last season before his loan move to Borussia Dortmund.
The young Belgian’s loan to the German club was anything but successful making only 6 appearances for Dortmund and having his loan deal cut short in January.
Januzaj made his full debut for United against Sunderland, under David Moyes, back in 2013 scoring twice in a 2-1 win for United. He was one of the few positives to come out of David Moyes tenure at United with his performances being met with rave reviews and greeted with great positivity and optimism from United fans.
However since then his career at United has stalled with a string of poor performances and the arrivals of Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial.
David Moyes wants to sign Januzaj and build a squad capable of more than fighting relegation with Adnan Januzaj hoping to kick start his career under the manager that gave him his Premier League debut. If he can secure a loan move away from Old Trafford this season then it will surely be his last chance to impress Mourinho and convince him that he deserves a place at United.
Is a loan move the right thing for Januzaj and United or would a permanent move away be better for both player and club? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Sunderland pile more misery on United with a 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light.
United have had many games this season where they have under-performed and this was one of those games.
No one player was particularly poor. It was a team effort to lose that game. There was no focus, no concentration and no will to win.
The football was scrappy for the majority and the players didn’t look like they wanted it. It was disgusting to watch. Louis van Gaal will be pleased that this game was not being played at Old Trafford as you can bet your bottom dollar that the fans would have been booing him down the tunnel.
During the course of the game, United had approximately 8 attempts at goal in total. Comparing that to Sunderland, who had approximately 15, jut shows which team wanted the victory more.
Sunderland opened the scoring in the 3rd minute with a Khazri free kick bouncing through the United defence and trickling over the line in bottom far corner. David de Gea saw it late and couldn’t get to it. But you can’t blame him for the goal or even say he should of done better. When you have 20 bodies in front of you, you expect one of your team mates to get something on it.
Man United managed to get an equaliser late in the first half when Mata’s rebounded shot fell to Martial who delicately chipped the ball over the floored Sunderland keeper from a tight angle. Before the goal and the saved shot that came before it, United had only one shot at goal.
The second half saw Sunderland dominate the game, creating lots of chances and having several shots at goal. During this period United grew frustrated and careless, picking up a handful of bookings.
Sunderland took advantage of United’s lack of intent and went on to score the winner in the 82nd minute with a goal from new boy Kone, who got his head on the end of a Sunderland corner.
The loss means that United remain in 5th but could drop to 6th today if West Ham win away at Norwich. The gap could also increase on the top four with all of them in action on Sunday.
There isn’t really anything more to say that hasn’t been said already in terms of United’s performances and the current situation we find ourselves in. We just have to ride it out for the rest of the season and hope some personnel changes are made during the summer. I think you all know who I am referring to.
What did you make of the game? Are you fed up to the point where you no longer have any expectations and you are just going through the motions as a fan? Let us know in the comments below.
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Manchester United got top of the Barclays Premier League after three goals and a clean sheet against Sunderland, at the Theatre of dreams.
Manchester United started the game with high tempo, creating several chances. However, Sunderland remained resilient in defence, holding United off for as long as possible.
The Black Cats rarely troubled de Gea in the Manchester United Goal with their best chance coming from a Lens shot on the 23rd minute that was saved by the United keeper.
Both Mata and Memphis had shots blocked by Cattermole and Pantilimon respectively. Martial also came close with a run in from the left which saw him dispossessed at the last minute but winning United a corner.
Despite the dominance from United and the chances they created, it looked like both sides were going to head in at half time with the score still 0-0.
But, in the 4th and final minute of injury time, Daley Blind played a perfect ball over the top finding Mata in space on the right side of the box. Mata then crossed the ball – some may argue it was a shot – across the face of the goal where Memphis slid in to push the ball into the back of the net.
Coming out in the second half, Manchester United hoped to pick up where they left off in the first half. And that, they did.
Just a minute into the second half Martial made easy work of passing the Sunderland defence on the right side of the box. Looking up, he plays the ball across the face of goal finding Rooney, who more or less ran into the ball, knocking it over the line for his first Premier League goal and United’s second in the match.
Sunderland then began to press a litte, having a 10 minute spell of possession. During this spell they came close when a perfectly weighted through ball found Patrick van Aanholt one-on-one with de Gea. The United keeper stood his ground and blocked van Aanholt’s shot.
This small threat from Sunderland was enough for United to regroup and take control of the game once more. Again United came forward playing some good football and finding shooting opportunities.
On 66 minutes, Martial and Memphis found themselves two against one with Martial in possession. The 19 year old Frenchman selflessly tucked the ball past the last defender into the path of Memphis. Memphis, one-on-one with Pantilimon, was unfortunately unable to seize his chance to score his second as he was only able to shoot straight at the Sunderland keeper.
Although it was never in doubt, the three points were wrapped up in the 90th minute when substitute Ashley Young picked out Mata in acres of space at the back post. Young fired a cross to Mata who’s first touch stopped the ball dead. With all the time in the world he rifled the ball into the top right corner.
With that win Manchester United are now back in familiar territory at the top of the league. But with a tough October facing them, will they stay there?
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Manchester United Team Sheet
Blind (Jones 74′)
Carrick (Schweinsteiger 68′)
Memphis (Young 77′)
Sunderland Team Sheet
Johnson (Fletcher 45′)
Toivonen (Larsson 70′)