The Belgian international scored a hat trick during a match with Manchester United’s under 21’s.
Former Manchester United winger Keith Gillespie thinks Adnan Januzaj is struggling to fit in at the club because of the system that Louis van Gaal uses, Goal.com reports.
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The 19 year old was one of the only shining lights to come out of last season for United but this term, the youngster has found himself on the bench following the wave of quality new arrivals that came into Old Trafford during the summer.
Van Gaal has favoured using the 3-5-2 formation this season and Gillespie feels that Januzaj maybe frozen out of the Dutchman’s team because that system doesn’t allow for attacking wingers like the Belgian international.
“Unfortunately, with the embarrassment of riches Manchester United have at the moment, he’s not first choice,” he told the Manchester Evening News.
“He’s still young though and is learning the game. He needs games to bring out his potential.
“He’s a winger and I’m not sure he can adapt and play as a wing back. He needs to play further forward. It’s very difficult to fit him in to the system.”
Januzaj himself has said that he is willing to play as much football as possible to persuade van Gaal that he is worthy of a place in the United first team, even if that means turning out for the youth side.
After scoring a hat trick for the Red Devils under 21 side in their 4-0 victory over Sunderland on Monday, the winger admitted he is working on improving several aspects of his game.
“Of course, I played a lot of games last season and I’m trying to impress the manager once again and get games again this year as well,” he said.
“I tried to do my best. Obviously, even if it’s reserves level, I always have to show myself and improve.”
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