Louis van Gaal believes Adnan Januzaj may have made a big mistake in going on loan to Borussia Dortmund. A move to a Premier League club where the competition would have been less would perhaps have suited the Belgian more.
Van Gaal said, "in a club like Borusssia Dortmund all the players there are all of a certain level" as it was going to be hard for Januzaj to play ahead of them, and Van Gaal said tried to tell Januzaj in "advance it would be a big risk as you'll have to compete with players at a higher level".
The German giants are stocked with global stars and have struggled to accommodate the on loan Manchester United winger this season. He has to compete with higher-level players.
Januzaj, however, will have to be at the Westfalenstadion until the end of the season, after Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed that there is no option of ending the season-long loan midway through the season.
Dortmund are second in the Bundesliga but will slip eight points behind leaders Bayern Munich if Pep Guardiola's side win at Schalke on Saturday evening.
Marouane Fellaini has been Van Gaal's go-to man whenever he has been short on strikers, but the Belgian is also sidelined with a calf strain, meaning Memphis Depay was needed to lead the attack.
Januzaj burst onto the scene under David Moyes and is widely regarded as one of the brightest players to come through the Old Trafford youth academy in a few times.
Van Gaal said "I am certain he has the talent to play, but he has to learn a lot of things".
It propelled the Academy product to stardom but under Van Gaal he has been brought back to earth.