Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj has been told he must forget about going to the World Cup in Brazil this summer because he has not shown himself to be good enough and nobody knows him.
Old Trafford fans have been excited by the emergence of the young playmaker this season, who has shown glimpses of brilliance when given opportunities. There was also a bit of a brouhaha over where he would eventually lay his international allegiances as he was entitled to declare for a number of nations, though this week it was revealed he had chosen Belgium, the country where he grew up.
Everton winger Kevin Mirallas, who is expected to be a part of the Belgium squad flying out to Brazil in June, was happy that the 19-year-old had opted for the Red Devils but is hopes he does not expect to be joining the squad. Januzaj failed to really cement a place in the Manchester United starting XI under David Moyes this season after his early bursts of quality and Mirallas believes this is one of the reasons he should not be picked by Belgium boss Marc Wilmots.
Added to this, the former Olympiacos star thinks that Januzaj's unfamiliarity with the squad would make it difficult for him to integrate quickly, never mind the fact that there are a number of senior players ahead of him in his preferred position. The likes of Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Kevin de Bruyne and Mirallas himself, which might have a little to do with his comments, can all play wide and are regulars under Wilmots, so the Toffees man does not believe Januzaj yet warrants a place.
‘There was a lot of pressure on him to make his mind up, and it is good for Belgium that he has chosen us, because he is a good player,’ he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
"But I don’t think he should go to Brazil. It would not be fair to leave out another good player for someone who does not know the others and has not played a lot for his club in recent months.
"Adnan does not know the group, and the fact is, he has not had much game time at Manchester United lately. It’s not as if we are short of good players in that area of the team. In fact, there are a lot of good players in his position in the Belgium squad, so it is going to be difficult for him.
"He has yet to prove at United that he can be their number one asset in his particular position. I think for him, the European Championships in 2016 would be a more realistic target."
Januzaj may be hoping he gets a more prominent role in the Manchester United side now that David Moyes has been sacked, as the Scot had been reluctant to utilise him in the second half of the season. Legend Ryan Giggs has taken charge until the end of the season and vowed to bring positivity back to the play at Old Trafford, something Januzaj specialises in.