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Adnan Januzaj has no place in current Manchester United set-up

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Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has been informed by Louis van Gaal that there's no place for him in his current first-team setup, but said that he'll have to wait until the end of the January transfer window before finding out whether he can leave Old Trafford on loan.

According to a Goal.com exclusive, the Dutch coach made it perfectly clear to the 19-year-old he does not fit into his Red Devils plans any time soon, after struggling to make any kind of impact at senior level in 2014/15.

Januzaj enjoyed an outstanding breakthrough campaign under the former tutelage of David Moyes last term, but has been used sparingly by Van Gaal since succeeding the Scot at the Theatre of Dreams last summer.

Van Gaal's preference to play with a 3-5-2 formation - which demands the use of wing-backs on each flank - has meant the Belgium international has been overlooked when it comes to selection in the majority of games this season.

He was given a brief run at the end of October when he started four consecutive Manchester United matches, however he's managed just 27 competitive minutes since mid November after a return to Van Gaal's favoured formation prompted an 11-game unbeaten run that started with a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on November 22 and ended when Southampton recorded a shock 1-0 away victory on January 11.

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Januzaj is understood to be growing increasingly frustrated about his lack of action, and his temperament is now being tested as the club continues to block any chance of him ascertaining more regular football elsewhere by way of a mid-season loan move for the rest of the campaign.

Moyes has actually been credited with an interest in taking the talented teenager to the Anoeta Stadium, as he looks to move Real Sociedad further away from the relegation places in La Liga, but it looks unlikely he'll be given access to one of his former stars.

Aston Villa are the only Premier League club that have so far made an enquiry to take the £60,000-a-week wideman on a temporary deal, that would see the Red Devils youngster reunited with former team-mate Tom Cleverley, who is enjoying a season-long stint at Villa Park.

Bench role

Januzaj was named on the substitutes bench again for Manchester United's 2-0 victory over strugglers Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday, and despite not actually getting on the pitch he came to prominence when Marouane Fellaini ran directly towards his compatriot in the dugout to celebrate with him after scoring the opening goal.

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