Manchester United have cut short Adnan Januzaj's loan spell at Borussia Dortmund after the Belgian was found struggling for games with the Bundesliga club. The 20-year-old has made only 12 appearances all season.
Januzaj would be the second player that United have recalled from loan in January, with forward Will Keane having had his season with Preston cut short. He was brought in to feature for the first team.
In view of United's performance in the Champions League, Louis van Gaal has decided to bring an end to his troubles and recall him back to Old Trafford in a bid to help the Red Devils as they look to push for a spot in the top four. The Guardian reports that the midfielder will not be available for United's game against Sheffield United in the third round of the FA Cup, given he is not up to scratch in terms of match fitness.
The Dutchman had hoped that Januzaj would gain some much-needed experience from his stint in the Bundesliga. But Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel was not convinced with his performances and used him only in Europa League games.
Januzaj's only meaningful contribution was with United, when he scored in the Red Devils' 3-1 win over Aston Villa earlier in August. His induction will be a welcome boost for Van Gaal, who is looking to add some speed and creativity to his attack, which has been toothless this season.
Their 2-1 win over Swansea City was United's first in a run of nine games in all competitions, with Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial breaking their ducks to given the Red Devils some festive cheer into the New Year.The win propelled them into fifth spot, three points behind Tottenham, who occupy the final Champions League position.
Van Gaal is expected to be in the market to sign an attacker and a left-back. This is fill in for Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia, who have all had long-term injuries.
On the attacking front, United are keeping a close eye on Sadio Mane who has fallen out with manager Ronald Koeman over a disciplinary issue. They are also tracking Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson but are yet to make any concrete offer to the Brazilian.