The Belgian international flirted with the first team frequently last season as David Moyes gave him a chance to make a name for himself at Old Trafford.
Such was his initial impact, the club moved quickly to get him committed on a long term contract to prevent situations such as this; a big club sniffing around one of United’s biggest talents.
Where Real’s interest comes from is difficult to gauge but United are doing Januzaj a favour in several ways by blocking a move for him to the Spanish capital.
Januzaj is predominantly a left sided player. He made nine of his appearances for United last season in an advanced position on the left hand side of the attack.
Real Madrid have three world class players who already fill that role at the Bernabeu; Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Angel Di Maria.
Is Januzaj likely to get into the side ahead of any of them? Hardly.
Therefore, it’s arguable that should he take the glitz and glamour of a move to Los Blancos or order his representatives to try and work out a deal, it would set him back years.
It would set him back years because not one in that trio is likely to retire any time soon, which means Real president Florentino Perez would have to risk alienating manager Carlo Ancelotti with a high profile sale.
Januzaj’s best bet is to settle in at United and work hard to become a better and more consistent player under Louis van Gaal.
LvG called up 16 players based in the Eredivisie to his Dutch World Cup squad, which shows he’s got a lot of time and care for players raised in domestic leagues.
He has the chance to play at United, perhaps not as much as he’d like but a chance nevertheless.
The easiest and quickest way for him to become a better attacking talent for United is to play a higher ratio of games, which will happen at Old Trafford and not at the Bernabeu.