Louis van Gaal has assured Adnan Januzaj that his future lies at Manchester United, despite being sent out to gain first team experience in the Bundesliga.
The Belgian winger was sent to Borussia Dortmund in a deadline day move following a summer which saw a number of offers from top European teams to buy the player be turned down by United.
It has been reported that the 20-year-old was shocked to be shipped off to Germany, and he had feared that his Old Trafford days were numbered.
Januzaj had said earlier in the window, amid reports he would leave for the likes of PSG, that he would be willing to stay at United and fight for his place in the side.
But in the past few days van Gaal has made it clear that United are a side focused on youth, and that loanees such as Januzaj and Tyler Blackett are to remain at United after gaining first team experience elsewhere.
The United manager also made it clear that he would send James Wilson out on loan, although nothing materialised after reports West Brom were interested.
“We keep track of all players on loan” said the Dutchman, “we want to see them playing rather than sitting on the bench.”
Januzaj was hailed as Old Trafford’s next superstar when he broke into Sir Alex Ferguson’s team in 2013, but since being given the prestigious number 11 shirt, his progress had slowed.
But when Januzaj started the Premier League games against Aston Villa and Newcastle and both Champions League qualifiers against Brugge, it seemed Van Gaal had been convinced of the Belgian’s talent.
“His move to Dortmund will help his development and he will return to the club a better player because of the minutes he will get on the pitch.”
“Blackett was given the same guarantees. He is seen as a Manchester United player.”
“If there was no future for either player, they would have been sold rather than sent out on loan.”
Januzaj being on loan at Bundesliga giants Dortmund, playing alongside the likes of Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and ex-United man Shinji Kagawa, can only help the youngster’s development.
Once he returns to Old Trafford, he faces stiff competition from Juan Mata, Memphis Depay and newest signing Anthony Martial for a place in the side, but playing week in week out in Germany should mean he’s up to the test.