Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Adnan Januzaj will be given more first team chances as he gradually adopts a new formation.
Van Gaal initially implemented a 3-5-2 system upon his arrival, but failed to win any of his first three Premier League games in charge. That plus the arrival of a host of attacking players over the summer appears to have persuaded the Dutch boss to change his approach to a 4-3-3 system.
The Red Devils deployed a midfield diamond in their 4-0 win against QPR at Old Trafford last Sunday, but they could change things up once more when they take on Leicester this weekend.
That could see Januzaj given more first team action. The Belgian international is yet to start a game for Manchester United in the Premier League because of the increased competition up top. According to Van Gaal he is in competition with four other players - Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, and James Wilson - for two starting spots, although that should change when the formation switch happens.
He said at a press conference earlier today: Falcao is a very good striker & I like van Persie. Then we have Rooney, Januzaj & Wilson. We have five players for two positions."
"Januzaj has to compete with very strong strikers. When we play 4-3-3 he should have more chances to play."
There has been some suggestion that Januzaj could make a loan move away from Manchester United in the January transfer window. Former Red Devils player Keith Gillespie insisted that he should seek a move away over his lack of game time, while reports promptly followed that a loan move could happen.
However that seems unlikely given that he recently signed a new contract at Old Trafford, while his agent today insisted that there was no truth in the rumours.
Manchester United fans would certainly like to see him given a chance to shine given his stellar performances last season, which were the high-point of an otherwise disastrous season under former boss David Moyes.