Januzaj has been shunned by Januzaj.

Adnan Januzaj has been snubbed by Louis van Gaal after U21 showboating

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Adnan Januzaj hasn't been seen much since he returned from his failed loan spell with Borussia Dortmund in January.

The Belgian youngster has made just two substitute appearances for Manchester United in 2016, and has been relegated to playing for the U21 side.

Many fans had expected Januzaj to feature more regularly for the first team given his form before being shipped off to Germany, but instead he's been kept out of the picture.

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Now a report has surfaced in the Independent which claims to explain why that's the case.

The newspaper report that Januzaj and fellow youngster Andreas Pereira were playing for Manchester United's U21 side, and were secretly competing to score directly from corners in the match.

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Club staff noticed the competition between the pair and were left unimpressed, and they reported the news to boss Louis van Gaal.

The Dutch boss was reportedly fuming with Januzaj and has consigned consigned him to the sidelines, with his future in the balance. Pereira hasn't featured since February either.


Van Gaal is a firm believer in using the U21 side as a proving ground for the first team, and famously left Victor Valdes out in the cold after accusing the former Barcelona 'keeper of refusing to buy into his philosophy by turning out for the youth side.

Valdes, who is contracted until the summer, didn't feature for the Red Devils this season before leaving to join Standard Liège on loan in January.

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Wayne Rooney
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