Adnan Januzaj made his first appearance in a Manchester United shirt since returning to the club earlier this month against Southampton Under-21s on Monday night and scored two goals in a 4-0 victory.
The Belgium international, whose season-long loan deal at Borussia Dortmund was terminated early, was lively at Leigh Sports Village and gave Louis van Gaal some food for thought ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash against the Saints with a brace and an overall impressive display.
Januzaj netted his first goal on the stroke of half-time - a deflected 20-yard effort which nestled into the bottom corner - while his second came in the closing stages of the match. (Scroll down this page to watch Januzaj’s two goals).
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The 20-year-old also won the penalty from which Will Keane scored his second goal of the night and was substituted just before full-time - potentially in a bid to reserve some energy ahead of the first-team’s match at Old Trafford this Saturday afternoon.
After the match, Januzaj took to Twitter to express his delight at being back in action following his difficult spell with Borussia Dortmund.
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Video: Januzaj's first goal
Video: Januzaj's second goal
Januzaj delighted to be back in action
The talented winger posted a photo of himself in action on Monday night, alongside the caption: “Good to be back on the pitch 🙏“
Januzaj has a big point to prove
Manchester United fans are also pleased to see Januzaj back at Old Trafford.
Many were confused why Van Gaal allowed the versatile Belgian to leave the club in the first place, particularly after his winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in August.
Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel questioned Januzaj’s motivation after the player left Signal Iduna Park earlier this month - and it’s now down to the Belgian to prove that he has the attitude required to make it at the highest level.
"We were not able to help him let go of it. Sadly, he wasn't in it with the motivation and attitude you need to further yourself at this age."
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