Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has revealed the reason for sending Adnan Januzaj out on loan to BVB Dortmund is to allow the winger more first-team opportunities.
Januzaj scored the winner in United's opening day win over Aston Villa but was loaned to BVB Dortmund for the season hoping to secure a regular place in the Bundesliga side's starting lineup.
Speaking ahead of the Red Devils' massive clash with Liverpool, Van Gaal added that he intends to do the same with young striker James Wilson and believes the duo will benefit far more from loan moves as competition for places in the United squad increases.
“I have said to Januzaj that I will give him opportunities in the position of nine and maybe of 10,” van Gaal told reporters.
“I have done that and then decided that, no, it would be better for him to go to another environment, maybe he will play more with them than me and we can see if he develops himself.
“It is the same thing that I have said to James Wilson. I have said the same thing, only James has to go to a Championship club, so then I can call him back if my striker is injured. Then we need him and then he would have more playing time.
“But for Wilson, another year in the same way as last year is not good for his development. It is not good for Januzaj either. This is why we let players go on loan and we don't sell, because we believe in the quality of Januzaj and in the quality of Wilson.”