Adnan Januzaj wants playmaker role at Manchester United

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Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj has admitted that he would prefer to play in the number ten role - rather than out on the wing - but insists he is very content at Old Trafford.

In an exclusive interview with Squawka, the Belgium international was asked where he likes to play, to which he revealed: "No. 10 of course. That's my preferred position, but I'm happy to play anywhere for the manager.

"I saw some reports saying I was unhappy. That couldn't be further from the truth.

"I love this club and I'm excited to play for this manager. The fans have been so good to me and I want to repay them."

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United coaches see Januzaj as future No. 10

Coaches at Old Trafford are of the opinion that Januzaj will eventually establish himself as a central playmaker - and this was echoed last November by former United boss David Moyes.

“In time, Adnan’s best position will be No. 10,” Moyes told reporters. “But while he’s so young, it is better to introduce him on the left or right.

“He’s a terrific centre-forward as well and so talented that he can play in several positions. The boy’s working really well and, whatever job we give him, he’s so talented that he can handle it.”

Bad news for Mata?

That Januzaj is keen to cement his status in the No. 10 role sooner rather than later could be bad news for Manchester United's current playmaker, Juan Mata, whose future at Old Trafford is already in doubt.

The Spain international, who signed a £140,000-a-week deal with the Red Devils in January after completing a £37 million transfer from Chelsea, has been linked with a January exit - and there's a chance that Louis van Gaal may consider cashing in if he feels Januzaj is ready to play a starring role for the Premier League giants.

Januzaj, 19, was one of Manchester United's shining lights in an otherwise disastrous season last term. He announced himself to the world by scoring two goals on his first start for the Red Devils against Sunderland last October and has not looked back since.

Januzaj says Van Gaal needs time

And while he has played a peripheral role under Van Gaal so far this season, Januzaj is convinced that United have the right man in charge.

"Everything changes and can change very quickly," he added. "We need more time for the new manager. It's very hard for managers to come into Man United. Just be patient.

"Man United is obviously a big club so obviously I want to do as well as I can and gain lots of experience and win trophies too."

United hope that Januzaj will develop into a world-class star over the forthcoming years. The Red Devils' former captain - and current England coach - Gary Neville certainly has no doubt that the teenager will fulfil his talent at Old Trafford.

"In my opinion Adnan Januzaj is going to be a world star," Neville wrote in his Telegraph column. "With Januzaj, I am convinced United have a youngster who will become one of the best in the world over the next five years."

But, in order for that to happen, will it involve Mata leaving Old Trafford?

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