Adnan Januzaj can still win “leagues and Champions Leagues” with Manchester United, according to Nicky Butt.
Januzaj burst onto the scene at Old Trafford in 2013, with the Belgian having been handed his competitive debut for the club in the 2013 Community Shield.
His performances during that season were one of the main positives of David Moyes’ ill-fated tenure.
He scored twice on his first Premier League start for the club against Sunderland in October of the year, and soon became a regular fixture in the first team.
But the 21-year-old has since struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford, and also endured a difficult loan spell at Borussia Dortmund in 2015.
Januzaj has now joined Sunderland on loan for the season, but Butt, the head of United’s academy, believes he still has what it takes to be a success at the club.
Discussing Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett, Donald Love and Will Keane, all academy graduates who have left the club permanently this summer, Butt told The Times: “They’re really good lads and will have a good life, nice houses but they weren’t at the level for United.
“It doesn’t hurt me as much as, say, if Adnan Januzaj went and never came back.
“He’s got the level to play for United and win leagues and Champions Leagues.
“Maybe he’s not been as dedicated, a case of too much too soon, a millionaire now.”