Coach explains Manchester United star’s absence from Belgium squad

Adnan Januzaj (low qual)

Marc Wilmots has revealed the reason why Adnan Januzaj has not been called up to the Belgium squad.

Quoted by NBC after Belgium’s 5-0 win over Cyprus, Wilmots explained that Januzaj had not been called up to the Red Devils' squad due to his lack of appearances for Manchester United.

“I have no doubt about his qualities,” Wilmots said. “But he only has few opportunities to show his qualities.The competition for this position is very high.

“The only reason he is not here is that he plays too little. It’s a decision I make now. Maybe in two months it’s another story.”

After breaking onto the scene at Old Trafford last season, the 20-year-old winger has been the real victim of Louis van Gaal’s regime at United.

The youngster made 35 appearances for United last term, and he worked his way into Wilmots's squad for the 2014 World Cup after a number of impressive displays.

However, Januzaj has been mostly out of the first-team this season, with just 19 appearances to his name - including just seven Premier League starts.

The youngster has been castigated for some of his performances, which appear far below his best, and although he was in the Belgium squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales in November 2014, his absence does much to show his decline.

Januzaj has a long way to go to rediscover his place in the Belgium squad, and becoming a key United player is the first step on that road.

However, the United attacker currently looks far from making the grade at Old Trafford, and while Van Gaal is still in charge, the young talent must surely look elsewhere to further his career.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch