David Moyes addresses why he left Adnan Januzaj out

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Manchester United boss David Moyes was asked why he left Adnan Januzaj out of the squad against Olympiakos.

David Moyes issued a surprising lack of clarity when discussing why Adnan Januzaj was not included even on the bench against Olympiakos.

The wonderkid featured against Crystal Palace at the weekend, but was surprisingly absent when the team sheets were published before kick-off.

Speaking in his press conference after the game, Moyes stated:

"It's time to bring Adnan in and out at the right moments and I chose not to tonight."

And that was how he left it. Which brings further questions around as to the manager's decision making.

Was Januzaj starting the Premier League game against Crystal Palace more important than him featuring against Olympiakos?

With the Champions League the club's only realistic chance of a trophy this season remaining, leaving the teenager at home could prove to be a decision the manager will look back on with regret.

Wingers Ashley Young and particularly Antonio Valencia were poor, and Januzaj's unpredictability would have given United far more creativity than the lack of style their starting line-up imposed on the game.

Moyes should at least be commended for his honesty, he could have hidden behind an injury or a knock to Januzaj to explain his omission, but he is holding his hands up to the obvious error - even if he does not see it as one.

With the abject performance and benefit of hindsight, it's very hard to argue Moyes dropping Januzaj was a correct decision, long-term or not.

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