Adnan Januzaj falling out of favour at Manchester United

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Adnan Januzaj was a rare bright spot for Manchester United under David Moyes - but the Belgian international is falling out of favour under replacement Louis van Gaal.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Januzaj is a target for two Premier League clubs and Moyes's Real Sociedad this month.

The teenager midfielder has struggled for playing time since Van Gaal arrived at Old Trafford, starting just four matches and only twice competing a full game.

Under Moyes he was the breakout star, and along with David De Gea, the club's most consistent player. He was the best prospect to come out of the United academy since Paul Pogba, but the report claims like the Frenchman, Januzaj may be forced to move on for first-team football.

Pogba became frustrated when his path to the starting lineup was blocked by the manager, then Sir Alex Ferguson, and now Januzaj finds himself on the outside looking in with Van Gaal's favoured 3-5-2 formation unsuited to the Belgian.

Theoretically he could play in the advanced midfield role in the five, but so strong is United's squad in this position that Januzaj doesn't stand much of a chance.

Van Gaal can call on Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Angel Di Maria to play this position, which means the best Januzaj can hope for is a place on the bench when all are fit.

And while Januzaj can play out wide, Van Gaal's preference for wing backs all but rules the 19-year-old out of these positions. Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Rafael da Silva are the preferred players there.

Interest in Januzaj

Everton and Hull City are the two Premier League clubs reportedly monitoring his situation, while Real Sociedad, now managed by Moyes, would love the opportunity to take Januzaj until the end of the season.

But Van Gaal has stated that he does not see Januzaj leaving on loan this month, which suggests the frustration will only mount for the talented young midfielder.

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