Manchester UNited starlet Adnan Januxaj is bot being used correctly and should be doing "exactly the opposite" to what he is being instructed to do by the manager at Old Trafford.
Given A Chance
Januzaj has been in the starting XI for Manchester United's last four matches after not getting much of a look in early on Van Gaal's reign, but he now appears to have received the trust of the Dutchman to do the job on the eighth hand side.
However, this has not exactly coincided in a thrilling run of good form and the young Belgian has struggled to get the best of his considerable talent in the last few weeks, though he has not been the only one in what has been a difficult first quarter of the season for the Red Devils.
Now his international manager, Marc Wilmots, has gone public with criticism of Van Gaal's decision to use the 19-year-old wide on the right and believes the player is being asked to do precisely what he should't be with the talent he has.
“I saw the two games he played with Antonio Valencia behind him," he is quoted as saying in a report from the Manchester Evening News.
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“Van Gaal asked him to stand close to the sidelines, I ask exactly the opposite, that he comes inside. I want him to come on to his left foot from the right to give that ball or shoot at goal.”
Struggles this Season
Manchester United got back to winning ways in their last Premier League outing with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, though it was a far from convincing performance and had Juan Mata not scored his scrappy winner in the 67th minute, they could have few complaints with getting only a point out of the game or even none.
Defeats to Manchester City in the local derby and a draw with Chelsea, thanks to a stoppage-time strike from Robin van Persie, laid bare the problems in defence and attack currently dogging Van Gaal in his quest for consistency.
Needs to Shine Soon
Meanwhile, Januzaj's failure to really stand out in any of the matches he has started recently has been disappointing for Old Trafford fans, who would have been hoping to see him really step up after bursting onto the scene last season.
David Moyes may have been a flop and his ten months in charge a substantial failure, but he was the man to give Januzaj his first real chance in the first team. The Scot was rewarded with some terrific performances showing the youngster to be one of the most promising young players in Europe.
His promise has been noted by some of the biggest clubs around Europe and reports emerged earlier this year suggesting that clubs such as big-spending PSG were ready to splash as much as £40million on him.
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