Is Adnan Januzaj's form the reason Manchester United did not sign Pedro?

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The Belgian international could be a key player for Manchester United if given regular game-time.

According to a recent report from the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal pulled the plug on a potential deal for Barcelona winger Pedro before Chelsea swooped in and had a £21million bid accepted (as reported by the BBC).

Whatever you think about the news that United will not be getting the Spanish international, it seems that particular ship has sailed, so could the reason for van Gaal’s swift change of stance be as simple as Adnan Januzaj’s presence at the club and recent form?

After all, when the news of United’s interest in Pedro first broke there was a feeling among many United fans that he was not needed; that van Gaal should instead focus on signing a new centre-back and an out-and-out striker such as Edinson Cavani.

Januzaj may be young but he has shone when given the chance and this season he scored in the 1-0 victory against Aston Villa and again made the starting line-up a few days later against Club Brugge.

If van Gaal feels the Belgian international’s time has come then no wonder he opted not to move for Pedro, even if he is a snip at £22million.

Januzaj deserves to feature regularly and constantly buying big-name players will only prevent United’s next generation from breaking through.

In truth United have the players to shine around a central striker – the likes of Januzaj, Juan Mata, Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney – but what they need is a world-class target-man.

There are not many out there, but Januzaj’s presence means a move for another winger this close to the end of the transfer window always made little sense.

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