Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini will both miss Sunday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham at White Hart Lane through illness.
Neither player was named in the Red Devils’ squad for the 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day - and after that match Van Gaal confirmed that the Belgium international duo will not be involved against Spurs this weekend.
"Januzaj is ill. It is a virus that is now running in the air. The virus has approached a lot of players but for him, it was too much,” the veteran Dutch coach told reporters. "Also Fellaini... I think it is the Belgium virus! Will he be ready for Spurs? No he is ill. Fellaini and Adnan are not ready.”
Januzaj struggling this season
Fellaini has established himself as a Manchester United first-team regular under Van Gaal, while Januzaj has struggled to make an impact in his second full season as a professional.
The 19-year-old, who has failed to register a single goal or assist this term, has played one minute of first-team football since United’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on November 8.
Rooney steps in for Fellaini
There has been intense speculation linking the teenager with a loan move away from Old Trafford in January, but Van Gaal told reporters this week that he plans to keep him at the club for the second half of the season.
Fellaini’s last appearance came in the 3-0 win over Liverpool on December 14, but United captain Wayne Rooney has done an excellent job in central midfield during the Belgian’s absence.