Adnan Januzaj set for crucial talks over Manchester United role

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Adnan Januzaj is set for crucial discussions with manager Louis van Gaal over his future at Manchester United, recent reports suggest.

According to The Daily Star, Januzaj is concerned over his role at Old Trafford with the new manager having committed to sweeping changes to the formation and the playing personnel since arriving at the club his summer.

Manchester United supporters - many of whom believe that Januzaj has the potential and the sheer ability to become a real star in the Premier League - need not worry about losing him at this stage, however, as the same speculation suggests that Van Gaal is looking to swiftly reassure the 18-year-old prodigy and clarify his position in the new setup moving forward.

Promising start

Having shone at various youth levels for Manchester United after joining the club from Belgian Pro League champions Anderlecht in 2011, Januzaj made his eagerly-anticipated senior debut in last season's Community Shield contest at Wembley, replacing Robin van Persie with six minutes remaining of a match that also happened to be David Moyes' first competitive fixture in charge after replacing the iconic Sir Alex Ferguson in the managerial dugout.

Indeed, the nurturing of Januzaj and the faith shown in his obvious talent was one of the preciously few positives of Moyes' otherwise disastrous reign, with the youngster subsequently becoming a regular figure in the Scot's midfield after showing plenty of promise.

In Van Gaal's short tenure to date, it is perhaps fair to say that Januzaj has been used slightly more sparingly, coming off the bench in all three of Manchester United's underwhelming Premier League games of the 2014/15 campaign and in the Capital One Cup humiliation at the hands of MK Dons.

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Where does he fit in?

While Januzaj - who was handed the club's famous number 11 shirt ahead of the new campaign following the retirement of Ryan Giggs - is a very popular figure at Manchester United, it is a struggle to see just how he may fit into Van Gaal's 3-5-2 system on a permanent basis.

Arguably lacking the defensive discipline to occupy one of the wing-back roles, he is unlikely to dislodge one of Juan Mata or Wayne Rooney from that traditional 'no.10' role once new acquisition Radamel Falcao comes into the starting XI presumably to partner Robin van Persie.

A role in the centre of midfield could be more suited to Januzaj, although if Angel di Maria is set to be deployed there, then it seems far more likely that fellow new arrivals Daley Blind and Ander Herrera will be competing for the remaining starting berth.

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