One of the more frustrating Manchester United careers of recent times is coming to its conclusion. Adnan Januzaj, who wore the No. 11 shirt for a season and briefly threatened to become somebody very special indeed, will move to Real Sociedad for about £10m.
He leaves having scored 5 goals in 63 games for United, having been sent home early from a loan spell with Borussia Dortmund, and having failed to keep Sunderland up last season. Though to be fair, that last one would might have been beyond Maradona. But he’s only 22, so there’s plenty of time for him to get his head together and make something of that willowy, elegant talent of which United saw just a glimpse.
It’s important to remember that it wasn’t just David Moyes, in his flailing desperation, that rated Januzaj. He was reserve team player of the year in 2012-13 — an award previously won by Nicky Butt, Darren Fletcher and, er, Michael Twiss — and towards the end of that season Alex Ferguson gave him his first shirt number and promoted him to the first team. This, presumably, is why United have apparently stuck a buy-back clause in the deal.
Anyway, best of luck to him in both his footballing career and this strange game of David Moyes Managerial Bingo he seems to be playing. United, Sunderland, and La Real all ticked off; just Preston North End and Everton to go.