Adnan Januzaj earned himself an unwanted reputation as a diver at Manchester United after receiving several bookings for simulation - but it seems the young Belgium international may have changed his ways since joining Borussia Dortmund on loan in the summer.
A video is currently doing the rounds on social media, showing the 20-year-old trying his best to stay on his feet following a tackle during Dortmund’s emphatic 7-1 win over Paderborn in the German Cup on Wednesday night.
Januzaj could easily have stayed down following the challenge from Dominik Wydra - but, to his credit, the talented winger attempted to continue his run. Sadly, though, he ended up stumbling around like Bambi on ice before losing possession. (Scroll down this page to see the incident).
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Manchester United fans will be pleased that Januzaj’s first thought was to stay on his feet; there was a clear goalscoring opportunity.
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Diving was a problem for the youngster at Old Trafford. Back in March, following his yellow card for simulation against Arsenal, Januzaj officially had more bookings for diving than goals for Manchester United - a shameful record.
Januzaj must prove this wasn't a one-off
But this footage against Paderborn is a sign that something might have clicked with Januzaj. Allow the referee to do his job and focus on scoring or creating goals, instead of winning free-kicks.
In order to shed his reputation as a diver, however, Januzaj will need to prove this incident wasn’t merely a one-off.
It’s been a difficult start to life at Signal Iduna Park for Januzaj, but the Dortmund fans and Thomas Tuchel will have been encouraged after seeing this sort of professionalism from the left-footed forward.
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