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Adnan Januzaj to be given Manchester United first team chances

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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.

Tactics

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.

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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.

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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.

Unlikely

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.

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