David Moyes appears to be the only man still excited by the talent of Adnan Januzaj.
The Belgian winger made his breakthrough under Moyes in the 2013/14 season, scoring a brace against Sunderland on his Premier League debut and going on to play a crucial role in an otherwise drab Red Devils campaign.
So exciting was this young talent, Ed Woodward agreed to hand him a five-year deal worth £60,000-a-week, but he has since failed to live up to his original billing and appears to be well down Jose Mourinho's pecking order.
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Now, according to the Daily Mail, Moyes is ready to launch a bid to bring him to the ground where he originally made his name. The Scotsman succeeded Sam Allardyce at the Stadium of Light last week and a loan deal for Januzaj appears to be top of the agenda.
Convincing Jose Mourinho to part ways with the 21-year-old should not prove much of a challenge. He has barely featured for United since Moyes' departure and also failed to impress whilst on loan at Borussia Dortmund last season.
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New squad number
The fact that Januzaj was stripped of the famous No.11 shirt lies as a symbol of his fallen star. When he was handed Ryan Giggs' former number in the summer of 2014, he could claim to be a worthy successor. Now, however, he could not be further from emulating the Welshman's legacy.
Two seasons in the wilderness has left Januzaj with a fight to fulfill his massive potential and a spell of first-team football with the Black Cats could be the tinder needed to relight a dwindling fire.
Louis van Gaal appears to have destroyed his confidence. Unable to fit into the Dutchman's freaky formations, Januzaj found himself between a rock and a hard place but did himself no favours when he failed to try in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel, who sent Januzaj back six months early in January, said: "A part of him was always still in Manchester and we just couldn't help him cut this umbilical cord.
"He didn't wholly embrace Borussia. He always compared everything with how it had been at United."
One last chance
But there is evidence to suggest that Mourinho is ready to give Januzaj a chance to regenerate at Old Trafford. His previous comments on the youngster, spoken in 2014, suggests he is a very big fan.
He said: “He’s a fantastic player. He is not 18 – he is 25. He is so mature and comfortable. A very good and important player.
“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.”
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