Former United midfielder casts doubt over Adnan Januzaj future

Ex-Manchester United winger Keith Gillespie has raised questions over the future of Adnan Januzaj.

With the embarrassment of attacking options currently at United there has been some speculation that Belgian wonderkid Adnan Januzaj might be better off looking for first team opportunities elsewhere.

And Gillespie, who was one of the less successful members of the class of 92, has added fuel to that flame by saying that the 19-year-old will need game time to reach his potential and that he will struggle to get that in Louis van Gaal's side.

When asked by talkSPORT if the youngster would benefit from a loan or permanent move away the ex-Northern Ireland international replied: "Yes."

“Unfortunately, with the embarrassment of riches Manchester United have at the moment, he’s not first choice."

“He’s still young though and is learning the game. He needs games to bring out his potential."

“Last season was very poor for United, but he was probably the one shining light in a team which didn’t perform."

“Just look at the players in the team now, the likes of Angel di Maria, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao."

“He’s a winger and I’m not sure he can adapt and play as a wing back. He needs to play further forward. It’s very difficult to fit him in to the system.”

United's new number 11 has appeared in every one of the club's four Premier League games this season, but each time has been from the substitute's bench.

If United's new Dutch manager was ever in doubt that Januzaj is ready for the first team, then surely all doubt would have ended when Van Gaal watched his young prodigy bag a hat-trick in a reserve fixture against Sunderland last night.

Gillespie's point that Januzaj needs game time is valid, but despite the influx of world stars who have joined United since January its hard to imagine the club ever allowing their most talented youngster leave, especially after the five-year contract he signed under David Moyes.

Also you would think that the club would have learnt from the mistakes that were made with world class Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

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