Januzaj made two Premier League appearances in the Red Devils’ first four games of the campaign, even scoring the winner against Aston Villa, and there may have been a few left baffled by the Dutchman allowing the Belgian to temporarily leave Old Trafford.
However, van Gaal is confident that the correct choice was made, insisting that he would be likely to experience more playing time at the Westfalenstadion, which is key for the 20-year-old’s development.
Speaking to United’s official website, he said: “I have said to Januzaj that I will give him opportunities in the position of nine and maybe of 10.
“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.”
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What’s more, van Gaal also stated that he has had a similar discussion with James Wilson – who is said to have been the target of 20 loan enquiries over the summer – and remains keen for the striker to move to the Championship.
“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.”