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‘There’s going to be no friends’ – Januzaj on Man Utd reunion

Adnan Januzaj of Real Sociedad
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Having spent six years at Old Trafford, the Spaniard is now preparing to go against his former club in the Europa League.

Adnan Januzaj insists “there will be no friends” when he takes to the pitch for Real Sociedad’s Europa League Round of 32 clash with Manchester United on Thursday.

Januzaj began his career at Manchester United, earning promotion to the senior squad in 2013 after joining the club’s youth academy aged 16 and rising through the ranks.

Considered a bright prospect back then, the winger was instituted in the starting XI by Sir Alex Ferguson and became a regular under David Moyes.

However, he gradually began losing favor under the subsequent managers and, after a couple of loan spells away, finally returned to his native Spain in 2017.

The 26-year-old is looking forward to his reunion with Man United but has no added motivation to face his former club.

“I don’t have to prove to anyone how good I am, I just have to believe in myself, get my games and be happy,” Januzaj told ESPN.

“I’m really happy to go back there, the club I love. Once I’m on the pitch, there’s going to be no friends because obviously, I’m playing for another club now and also I want to win the game.

“I want to go through with my team. I’m really happy to go back there to see the people but once I’m on the pitch there will be no friends.”