Adnan Januzaj set for Manchester United return

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Adnan Januzaj is set to be included in Manchester United's 18-man matchday squad this weekend. 

According to the Daily Mirror, Januzaj is part of manager Louis van Gaal's plans for when United host Southampton on Saturday and could well make his first senior appearance since August.

Januzaj has recently returned from an unsuccessful loan spell with Borussia Dortmund and will be keen to impress Van Gaal, as United aim to continue the momentum gained from their 1-0 win at Anfield last Sunday.


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The Belgium international returned to form last Monday in a standout performance during a 4-0 victory over Southampton's U21s.

Januzaj scored two and won the penalty for Will Keane's goal, providing a timely reminder of the talent that saw him emerge as one of the Premier League's most exciting young talents in the 2013/14 season. 

Point to prove

Januzaj still has much to prove to the Old Trafford faithful, many of whom were surprised when Van Gaal sent the young winger out on loan back in August.

The subsequent six months were close to disastrous for Januzaj - the 20-year-old did not start a single league game - with Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel recently deciding to cut the year-long loan deal short, due in part to fears over the winger's attitude.

"It is a pity he did not show the desire and attitude you need to progress at his age. My feeling was that he never was completely with us, that a part of him always stayed in Manchester and he compared everything here with United."

Now that he is back at Old Trafford, Januzaj can have no excuses and must look build on the potential that saw him feature in 15 Premier League games -including when he scored that memorable double against Sunderland - in his breakthrough season.

Can he help United?

In Januzaj's absence United have consistently played some of the least entertaining football in living memory at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal's possession based philosophy has proved to be exceedingly stifling at times - the Red Devils have played out six 0-0 draws so far this season - and many United fans will welcome Januzaj's presence back at the club.

As a natural winger, blessed with pace, trickery and the ability to beat a man, Januzaj is in many ways a throwback to United's traditional style of football and can help ease the attacking burden off captain Wayne Rooney and 20-year-old Anthony Martial.

Inconsistency can still hamper much of the Januzaj's game; however, that is inevitable for a winger yet to turn 21 and Van Gaal must have faith in the Belgian. 

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