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Manchester United issues summed up by Adnan Januzaj

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Manchester United were back to their same old selves against Arsenal.

Dominating the game and suffocating the Gunners, holding on for a deserved 1-0 win. This was surely the start of a revival in their bid to retain their Premier League title.

But two weeks and an away draw to Cardiff City and they're seemingly back to where they started.

Sunday evening was the second time a late goal from a set-piece has cost Manchester United two points. No matter what Manchester United fans say, there are major issues at Old Trafford that go beyond the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Those problems are summed up nicely by the inclusion of Adnan Januzaj.

The 18-year-old burst on the scene against Sunderland but has since failed to contribute significantly to United's stumbling title charge.

In four starts and three appearances the Belgium-born youngster has averaged an 80% pass rate and under one key pass a game. He scored twice on his debut but has since failed to come close to scoring.

He started that fourth Premier League game against Cardiff on Sunday, being preferred to Ashley Young and Wilfried Zaha, who have been criticised for their poor form.

He played anonymously for just over an hour before Danny Welbeck was brought on to replace him.

So why is this vulnerable teenager being played so often?

There is no reason to suggest that he can offer more than the more experienced Young or the English youngster Zaha, yet he is still being preferred.

Januzaj is a big talent but he is not ready to play at the top, top level that is expected for a Manchester United player.

By playing him, David Moyes' team has less experience and is leaving the 18-year-old open to criticism.

The fact that he is getting in to the starting line up sums up the problems at Old Trafford at the moment.

Not only does the squad lack depth but a lot of the players who were so reliable under Ferguson have fallen by the wayside and aren't being given the chance to reclaim that form.

Young isn't going to get any better sitting on the bench whilst Zaha is at risk of becoming the latest youngster to leave Crystal Palace only to fall from the line-up.

There are problems at Manchester United and, if David Moyes continues to play the same team, Januzaj could become the symbol of United's downfall this season.

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