Adnan Januzaj better hope United start playing 4-3-3.
Louis van Gaal has given his press conference ahead of the weekend fixture with Leicester City. One of the subjects that came up in conversation was the difficulties he has accomodating all of his strikers into one match-day squad.
He has Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and James Wilson at his disposal - while he also included Adnan Januzaj into that equation.
The Belgian international burst onto the scene at Old Trafford last term under David Moyes and is now considered to be one of the best talents in world football, but he has seen his first-team opportunities diminish slightly with Van Gaal's propensity to play a 3-5-2 or 4-4-2.
That has even led to some rather unlikely rumours linking him with a Football League loan deal this month in a move to play regular first-team football.
But Van Gaal clearly sees him as a part of their first-team operations, and has now suggested how Januzaj will get into the team - although it will mean a change in system:
"He has to compete with very good players and that is the reason. You cannot put 15 players in the squad, only 11, and with this system he has to compete with a lot of very strong strikers. When we play 4-3-3, for example, then he should have maybe more chances. It is always dependable on the system that we play. When I have changed my system, he has played.”
However Van Gaal is expected to stick with a 4-4-2 diamond for the upcoming game against The Foxes meaning Januzaj is again set to miss out on selection this weekend.
But at least he knows he remains in his managers plans - although in one specific system.
Maybe that loan deal does not sound like to bad an idea after all.