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Louis van Gaal fires a warning to match winner Adnan Januzaj

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Adnan Januzaj may have scored the winning goal for Manchester United last night, but Louis van Gaal had some words of warning for the young midfielder.

Januzaj scored the only goal in the Red Devils' 1-0 win against Aston Villa, his fifth goal for the club, but Van Gaal warned the Belgian he has to stop his 'unnecessary ball loss.'

The Dutch boss had the same criticism of former PSV man Memphis Depay, who should have doubled United's lead but put his effort wide.

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As per ESPN, Van Gaal said: "He had also a lot of ball losses and in my opinion [they were] unnecessary,

"Memphis Depay, a different player, has a lot of unnecessary ball losses. That is why we don't create many chances and we have to improve."

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JANUZAJ HAS WORKED HARD

Van Gaal had previously insisted Januzaj was not for sale, following links with a loan move to Sunderland, as the 20-year-old repaid his managers faith with a composed finish in the 30th minute.

After bursting onto the scene under David Moyes, Januzaj somewhat lost his way last season and was limited to 21 appearances in all competitions last season.

The decision to take a fitness coach on holiday appears to have paid off, he looked physically stronger and was able to hold off a tackle when running with the ball.

A criticism of Januzaj in the past would his lightweight physique, but it appears he has worked hard over the summer to put that right.

The young Belgian will be hoping last nights goal will be the start of good things to come at Old Trafford, and he certainly has the ability to make the most of the opportunity handed to him.

Van Gaal's criticism seemed somewhat unwarranted, however it could be a ploy by the Dutch manager to ensure the young star does not rest on his laurels.

United fans, just how good can Januzaj be for the Red Devils this season? Have your say below!

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