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Mourinho hailed Adnan Januzaj.

Jose Mourinho hailed Adnan Januzaj in 2014

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will be desperate to stamp his mark on his new side throughout the course of the transfer window, but he will be well aware that he already has a number of talented players at his disposal. 

Indeed, despite United's Premier League struggles last term - they failed to secure a place in the top four - a number of young, gifted players starred for the club. 

The likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Timothy Fosu-Mensah all made an impact in the first-team. 

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But there is one forgotten gem at the Theatre of Dreams. That's Adnan Januzaj, who was shipped out on loan to German outfit Borussia Dortmund last summer. 

The Belgium international failed to settle at the Bundesliga outfit, however, and subsequently returned to United midway through the 2015/16 campaign.

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Ultimately, though, Januzaj failed to make an impact under Van Gaal and often had to watch on from the sidelines.

But the Dutchman has now left Manchester and been replaced by former Chelsea boss Mourinho. 

Jose has his say 

And it's safe to say that Mourino previously had high hopes for Januzaj. Back in 2014, the Portuguese tactician described the United youngster as a 'fantastic player', claiming that he had the potential to have a 'great long-term career'.

“He is a fantastic player,” said Mourinho, as per the Manchester Evening News.

“He is not 18, he is 25. He is so mature and comfortable. A very good and important player.

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“I just think he is a very good player with the great conditions to have a great long-term career. I don’t know the boy individually, but it looks like he has the lot.”

Will he star under Jose? 

Perhaps, then, Januzaj will be handed a shot at redemption under Mourinho. After emerging under Scot David Moyes, the youngster has gone backwards recently. 

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Injuries have taken their toll on Januzaj and, when fit, he just hasn't been handed a consistent run in the side. It would be foolish to completely write him off at this stage and he could yet establish himself as a key man for the Red Devils. 

It won't be easy, of course; Mourinho doesn't have the best track record of improving young players, but much like Januzaj, the new United boss has a point to prove. 

Do you think Januzaj has a future under Mourinho at Old Trafford? Have your say below! 

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