Former Manchester United Reserve’s boss Warren Joyce makes a return to Old Trafford on Sunday as manager of Wigan Athletic. In the build-up to the FA Cup tie, Joyce had some harsh word for some United youths who failed to live up to their early promise.
Joyce worked with the Red Devils from 2008 to 2016 after a stint with United’s famous feeder club Royal Antwerp. The 52-year-old coached a number of United’s academy graduates including current star Paul Pogba but had harsh words for some of his former trainees.
The Mirror has reported that Joyce has launched a scathing attack on James Wilson, Federico Macheda and Adnan Januzaj, three players that he was responsible for bringing through the United ranks.
“The frustrating thing is seeing ones like Januzaj, Wilson or Federico Macheda get up to that level and stop doing the work they did to get them to that level
“Not play the games, not train as hard, sit in jacuzzis and not do the same weights and sessions they did to get there. Those are the frustrating ones for me, because that could be avoided.
“You’re in football for sport, to be competitive and try to do your best and challenge yourself, so those things are on the periphery.
“You either want to be in a boyband in a pop star environment, or a footballer.”
Striker Wilson and winger Januzaj are still both on Man United’s books but are both currently out on loan having failed to nail down their places in the first team. Wilson is at Derby where he has failed to make much of an impact. After an impressive stint at Brighton last term, the Englishman was overtaken in the pecking order by the terrific Marcus Rashford and has yet to regain his place.
Januzaj burst onto the scene under David Moyes in 2013 and attracted a large amount of hype at Old Trafford. After his debut season, he was the wildcard inclusion in Belgium’s World Cup squad and it seemed that United faced a battle to hold onto him. However, like Wilson, his drop in form resulted in him losing his place and was loaned out to Sunderland last summer for a reunion with Moyes.
After bursting onto the scene with a winning goal against Aston Villa as a 17-year-old in 2009, Federico Macheda looked set for stardom. Although given a run in the first team by Sir Alex Ferguson, the Italian became a frustrating figure and although he scored four goals in nineteen with United, the Italian was shipped out on loan on several occasions where he disappointed.
Now with Serie A side Novara, Macheda is a long way from his early promise.
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena