Adnan Januzaj is on a mission to prove his doubters wrong following a loan move to Sunderland this summer. The Manchester United midfielder broke into the team under David Moyes' reign during the 2013/14 season and was expected to be a regular member of the first-team for the foreseeable future.
The 21-year-old impressed following his breakthrough but fell out of favour under Louis van Gaal, who took over from the Scot for the start of the 2014/15 campaign. The Belgian made just seven Premier League starts during the Dutchman's first season in-charge and in the second season was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund, which was a failure as he could not break into the first-team and was recalled midway through the stint.
Januzaj has been loaned out yet again this season by Jose Mourinho, who took over from the Dutchman this summer. The Belgium international has been reunited with former manager Moyes at Sunderland and is looking forward to playing regularly and recapturing the form that saw him break into the Red Devils' first-team as an 18-year-old.
"Part of my mentality is to never give up, even if something goes a bit wrong you always have to keep working – that is what I have been doing. Now I have the chance to prove myself again," Januzaj said, as quoted by the Mirror.
"I spoke with David Moyes and he asked me if I wanted to come here, I said that I wanted to play football. He gave me the opportunity to do that. I am really thankful for that.
"For two years I didn't have many chances to play but I came here to Sunderland to play games and to prove people that they were wrong.
"I never give up and I always love to play football. I am happy to be where I am and playing games. I didn't have much game time, it was difficult and I have played three games now for Sunderland and in three games I have built my fitness back slowly. Now I need to kick-on," the Belgian midfielder explained.