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Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has responded to Adnan Januzaj’s claims that he failed to develop the club’s young players during his time in office.
The dutch He was in the Old Trafford hot seat for 103 games between July 2014 and May 2016. He achieved a top four result in his freshman year and won an FA Cup in his final season before being fired and replaced by José Mourinho.
He gave people like Marcus Rashford, Andreas Pereira and Timothy Fosu-Mensah opportunities at that time. However, their the treatment of young players was recently attacked.
Januzaj was seen as a bright young talent who debuted with David Moyes in 2013, but van Gaal offered him limited playing time. He made just 18 Premier League starts in 2014-2015, only seven of them as a starter.
He was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland before leaving for good in 2017 to join current club Real Sociedad, which the Red Devils face the Europa League on Thursday.
And before that tie, the Belgian claimed that Van Gaal ruined his career chances with United.
Now 26, Januzaj He believes that van Gaal did not show him love and criticized him for his mistakes instead of trying to teach him how to improve.
He also claimed that he gave other young people, like Memphis Depay, similar treatment.
Van Gaal points to his career record
But Van Gaal was quick to respond, making it clear that he does not agree with Januzaj’s comments.
“I have absolutely no need to defend myself against such injustice!” he told Athleticvia the Manchester Evening News).
“The self-image of the players leaves the wishes! And my career as a coach / coach shows how many young players could take risks under my leadership! “
Van Gaal coached his hometown Ajax, famous for its esteemed academy, during his coaching career.
He also directed Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar, Bayern Munich and the Netherlands. But United proved to be his last job when he retired in 2019.