Adnan Januzaj has returned to Manchester United earlier than expected following a disastrous loan spell at Borussia Dortmund.
United sent Januzaj on a season-long loan to Dortmund in August to gain experience, but the 20-year-old has started just three matches all of which have been in the Europa League.
Januzaj has not played since Dortmund’s 1-0 defeat to PAOK Salonika on December 10.
There was no release clause inserted into the attacker’s loan contract when it was signed, but both clubs have felt it in Januzaj’s best interests to return to Old Trafford.
A United statement read: “Borussia Dortmund has agreed to cancel the loan agreement for Adnan Januzaj. Adnan will rejoin the first-team squad immediately.
“He has returned to Manchester in order to clarify the details.”
Januzaj is understood to have stayed in Manchester over the Christmas period and was in the directors’ box for United’s home game against Chelsea on December 28.
United have until 5pm on Friday to register him for Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Sheffield United, although Louis van Gaal may decide to ease the forward back into the first team set-up after a couple of games for the Under-21 side instead.
Van Gaal had warned Januzaj last year he was taking a risk by joining Dortmund, rather than a lower-profile club where he would have been guaranteed to play more.
“In a club like Borussia Dortmund, all the players there are also of a certain level and I said in advance: ‘that’s a big risk for you because you have to compete with other players of a higher level’ and that is not so easy,” the United manager said in November.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc admitted Januzaj’s loan spell had been largely disappointing. “The loan wasn’t a good deal for both sides all in all,” he told Kicker.