Michael Owen: This player should be starting for Manchester United

United starlet Adnan Januzaj found himself on the bench again.

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen appears perplexed as to why United youngster Adnan Januzaj can only find himself on the bench.

The talented youngster shot to fame last season as he produced a masterful display on his first start for the club, scoring two wonderful goals to help United overcome Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light.

Shortly after, the 19-year-old opted to sign a new five-year deal at Old Trafford amid interest from a number of top European clubs, for which he stated:

"It's a great thrill to be able to sign for Manchester United. Since arriving here, I have always felt like this was the right club for me. I want to work hard now and establish myself as a Manchester United player."

Januzaj went on to make a total of 27 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils throughout the 2013/14 season, and his impressive performances led Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport to label him the best young player in the world.

  TeamPosGoalsAssistsKey PAssesWon DribblesBall RecoveryAppsMins
Adnan Januzaj Man Utd MF 4 3 31 51 83 27 1,640

This season, however, he has so far found himself limited to the substitutes’ bench and with United struggling for creativity in the final third, Michael Owen took to Twitter to share his disbelief at his lack of game-time.

Whilst there is little doubting Januzaj’s natural raw ability, it remains to be seen whether there is a position for the winger in Van Gaal’s renowned 3-5-2 formation.

The wing back positions require the wide players to show as much passion and commitment for defending as it does going forward, and it is perhaps this side of the Belgian international’s game which United’s Dutch coach feels needs improving.

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