Louis van Gaal has revealed that he opted to send Adnan Januzaj on loan to Borussia Dortmund after giving him a chance up front, but deciding the Belgian wasn’t yet ready.

Januzaj scored 20 minutes in to his debut for Borussia Dortmund last week.

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. 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.