Sunderland winger Adnan Januzaj looks set to face up to six weeks on the side-lines after suffering an ankle ligament injury in the clubs 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Belgian joined Sunderland on a season long loan from Manchester United back in August and had made an impressive start to his career at the Stadium of light featuring in each of the clubs opening six premier league games so far.
News of Januzaj’s injury will come to a huge blow to new boss David Moyes who will now be without the winger for the next upcoming games against West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, West Ham United, Arsenal and Bournemouth.
Having burst onto the scene at Manchester United three years ago the Belgians footballing career has dramatically stalled. Inconsistent performances combined with his poor attitude has led to Januzaj falling further and further down the pecking order at Old Trafford. However, Mourinho’s decision to loan out Januzaj rather than sell on a permanent basis shown that the Portuguese still clearly has some faith left in Januzaj and was an indication by the new united boss that he feels Januzaj could potentially have a future at Old Trafford.
Now at twenty-one years of age Januzaj is at that stage of his footballing career where he needs to take his game onto the next level. There can be no more inconsistent displays nor any temper tantrums he needs to up his game now or he will be shown the exit door by Mourinho.
With Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitraryan, Jesse Lingard and Memphis Depay all ahead of Januzaj in the pecking order at United the Belgian would have undoubtedly found game time hard to come by and in moving to Sunderland it has allowed the Belgian a chance to prove himself to Mourinho that he is good enough to be a part of his plans at Old Trafford.
The early signs have been promising so far for Januzaj at Sunderland and should the Belgian continue his impressive form for the back cats once he has fully recovered from injury he could yet have a future at Manchester United after all.