And these same United staff members thought Januzaj had aided him, despite the Belgian being tipped to be their talisman of the team.
United were worried about this. Januzaj, influenced by a player six years his previously, had to focus on his football. Anything else would merely be a hindrance.
They had a word and, initially, it seemed as though it’d done the ticket.
Januzaj sparkled on the pitch but, in the end, things didn’t work out. Van Gaal, then Mourinho, never indulged him in the same way as Moyes.
And so now, tonight, he’ll be out to send a message to his former club.
Januzaj has done well to rebuild his career at Sociedad while also becoming a semi-regular for Belgium, helping them finish third at the World Cup in 2018.