Adnan Januzaj enjoyed a strong full debut for Borussia Dortmund in their 2-1 win over Krasnodar in the Europa League.
The young Belgian was kept on for the full 90 minutes by Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel who made all three of his substitutions elsewhere.
Januzaj thrived in a free roaming No.9 role for Dortmund. He sent in 12 crosses, took two shots himself and also completed three take-ons.
For somebody who was making his first appearance in the starting XI, Januzaj really looked the part and from Manchester United’s perspective, it’s a great start for his loan spell in Germany.
Adnan Januzaj's game by numbers for Dortmund:
3 chances created
2 take ons
Constant threat. pic.twitter.com/NCUcLioYyD
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The fact Tuchel was happy to keep Januzaj on for the full 90 minutes indicates he really did impress the Dortmund boss and that’s what he’s got to keep doing whilst out on loan.
There have been plenty of sceptics who feel Januzaj’s loan move to Dortmund was a mistake because it leaves Man United short of options if injuries force Louis van Gaal into making changes. That’s certainly the case but a player like Januzaj at his age simply needs minutes, which is the opposite side of the coin.
Either way, so long as Januzaj is enjoying himself out in Germany it can only be a good thing for his development.