Belgium national team coach Marc Wilmots has revealed that he will ask Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj to play 'exactly the opposite' to the way he has been playing for his club, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Januzaj, who was the shining light in United's sinking ship last season, has struggled for form under new manager Louis van Gaal this year, and his national team coach is unsurprisingly not impressed.
The 19-year-old started both of United's last two games, first against Manchester City and then the home victory over Crystal Palace.
And Wilmots reveals that he was not at all impressed with Van Gaal's tactics of ordering Januzaj to keep hugging the sidelines throughout both the games. The Belgian says he would have ordered the exact opposite.
Wilmots said: “I saw the two games he played with Antonio Valencia behind him.
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“Van Gaal asked him to stand close to the sidelines, I ask exactly the opposite, that he comes inside."
“Van Gaal asked him to stand close to the sidelines, I ask exactly the opposite, that he comes inside"
Wilmots says he would rather have Januzaj cut inside from the left channel and pass or shoot the ball.
“I want him to come on to his left foot from the right to give that ball or shoot at goal," he said.
Manchester United will face Arsenal at the Emirates on November 22 in their next league outing and it will be interesting to see what tactics Van Gaal deploys to get the most out of the talented Belgian.