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Will Manchester United be tempted to bring Adnan Januzaj back after his World Cup strike against England?

England were beaten 1-0 by Belgium in their final group-stage game, not that Gareth Southgate and the team will be too bothered. The manager made wholesale changes to the starting team with an easier route to the semifinals ahead following their defeat.

Belgium were equally relaxed about the game, with Roberto Martinez admitting that he wasn't bothered about the win.

In a game that was littered with Premier League players past and present, it was the former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj who stole the show.

The Old Trafford crowd used to sing, "He's a boy who can do anything," and on Thursday evening he showed that to be true. Getting the better of Danny Rose and Fabian Delph, he curled in an excellent effort that left Jordan Pickford with no chance.

Unsurprisingly, social media came alive with United supporters bemoaning the club's decision to sell the player.

Januzaj was a parting gift from Sir Alex Ferguson to David Moyes, naming the teenager on the bench in his final game as manager of the club against West Brom.

In the season that followed, Januzaj was one of the few shining lights, United's "star man." But while he was tipped to be the next big thing out of United's academy, as the 2013-14 season wore on Moyes became anxious about burning Januzaj out, so more often than not left him out of the starting XI.

There was renewed hope with Louis van Gaal, a manager famed for giving young players like Andres Iniesta, Patrick Kluivert, Xavi and Clarence Seedorf a go. Yet it didn't quite work out for Januzaj.

He had been given the No. 11 shirt vacated by the retiring Ryan Giggs, so United fans expected to see him bombing down their wing for years to come. However, Januzaj started just seven Premier League games and played in 21 in all competitions, and registered no goals or assists.

As time went by, more and more reports, both from inside Carrington and Belgium, suggested the youngster had an attitude problem. Januzaj felt as though he had made it, and United were unable to keep him grounded. Sources at the club claimed he was spoiled and didn't show a good work ethic.

When he was 20, he turned down a call-up from Belgium's under-21 team, which didn't go down at all well with their manager, Enzo Scifo, who had played close to 100 games for the country's first team.

"A 20-year-old player who gives this impression of non-motivation, it reflects a poor state of mind," Scifo said. "I would normally speak to him, but I don't have a good feeling about this. I dislike that a player is not motivated. The under-21s aren't a pub team! When you're 20, you have to be humble enough to understand that on your own. You can't ask your dad or your agent if it's a good choice or not."

Januzaj was on loan at Borussia Dortmund at the time but didn't do enough on the training ground to impress manager Thomas Tuchel. He couldn't get in to the team; his loan was terminated early and Tuchel echoed the sentiments of Scifo.

"It is a pity he did not show the desire and attitude you need to progress at his age," he said.

However, Januzaj blamed Van Gaal for his demise, claiming the manager destroyed his confidence. After signing for Real Sociedad in 2017, he had plenty of bitterness for his former manager.

Januzaj's finish against England on Thursday was fantastic and maybe was a response to some of his critics. Will Jose Mourinho be regretting the decision to let him to leave?

When Mourinho took charge of United, he was a fan of Januzaj and claimed he had a future at the club. He was unimpressed with Van Gaal's decision to loan him out abroad and opted to send him to Premier League side Sunderland to see what he could do.

Sadly, Januzaj did next to nothing at Sunderland, despite playing for Moyes, the manager who gave him his first chance. Januzaj struggled to get in to a poor Sunderland team, with Moyes claiming he needed more from the winger before he would start him.

It was no surprise that United then allowed Januzaj to leave, having completed his third unimpressive season. But they might be wondering now whether that decision was premature. He racked up a combined 10 goals and assists in 21 starts for Real Sociedad in the season just gone.

While there was no love lost between the player and Van Gaal, Januzaj expressed his feeling for the club when he left.

"I've had some incredible moments at Manchester United," he said. "Unfortunately my time at the club has come to an end and it didn't go the way I wanted it to go, but I will always have love for Manchester United. And finally, a huge thank-you to the fans that have stuck by me through the good and bad times. I will never forget that positive support."

Now aged 23, and possibly having learnt his lesson from his time in Manchester, maybe he is ready to shine for a big club. But it's hard to imagine United "pulling a Pogba" and forking out a huge sum for the player they allowed to leave for just £10 million. However, reports claim that Mourinho insisted on a buy-back clause in the player's contract.

One great goal against England doesn't mean that Januzaj is the world-class player United supporters hoped he would become, but it's unsurprising to hear so many calling for him to return to Manchester.

Scott is one of ESPN FC's Manchester United bloggers. Follow him on Twitter: @R_o_M.

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