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Adnan Januzaj opens up about Mourinho and Manchester United future

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When it comes to claiming the title of the forgotten man under Jose Mourinho, there are quite a few Manchester United players who are in the running.

From Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Memphis Depay to Bastian Schweinsteiger, there are plenty of fringe players at Old Trafford who have struggled to impress the Portuguese manager.

Then there is Adnan Januzaj. The Belgium midfielder was shipped out on loan to Sunderland before the season had even begun after failing to win a place in Mourinho's plans. Now, three months into his spell in the north east, the 21-year-old has spoken out about his United future.

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Januzaj's Red Devils career began so brightly when, back in the 2013/14 season, he marked his full debut with two goals in a win against Sunderland.

Going backwards

However, after seeing his first-team opportunities slowly decrease, the midfielder spent last year on loan at Borussia Dortmund with limited success.

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With the arrival of Mourinho over the summer Januzaj may have felt he had a chance to regain his place as a valuable member of United's squad. As it turned out, though, he was destined for another spell away from Old Trafford.

According to the player himself, speaking in a length interview with Belgian newspaper HLN Sport, it became pretty clear that he wasn't a "priority" for the incoming United manager.

Although the interview is yet to be fully translated, the snippets revealed by HLN journalist Kristof Terreur suggest Januzaj is under no illusions about the road ahead of him as he tries to reignite his Manchester United career.

Previously, the young midfielder had been accused of not accepting his limited role - both at United and Dortmund.

However, it seems like he has come to accept that it is only through showcasing his undoubted ability on the field that he will get back in the frame at United.

Sunderland v Crystal Palace - Premier League

With the Red Devils far from firing on all cylinders so far under Mourinho, you might think that that might not be too hard to do as the former Chelsea manager continues to identify his best squad.

Having said that, Januzaj hasn't exactly been pulling up many trees so far during his spell with Sunderland.

In eight appearances for the Black Cats, he has as many red cards (one) as goals to his name and was forced to miss a couple of weeks of action due to an ankle injury.

Manchester United v Borussia Dortmund - 2016 International Champions Cup China

Only time will tell if Januzaj is able to make himself a "priority" with Mourinho. As many other players have found out over the years, that is often easier said than done.

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Wayne Rooney
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Adnan Januzaj
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