Manchester United fans are no doubt becoming accustomed to bizarre transfer rumours. But the latest to break is arguably the strangest – and least likely – of them all.
Fans woke up on Sunday morning to claims that Adnan Januzaj feared for his United future, with the Sunday People claiming the Belgium international had intimated that the 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup may have been his last match.
The report claims that when Januzaj was asked to swap shirts following that match, he replied, “Sorry, I want to keep it, as it might be my last game.”
That alleged statement led to the report claiming that the youngster fears for his Old Trafford future as he wonders where he fits into Louis van Gaal’s plans.
And yet there is surely a simple reason why United fans can relax when it comes to this particular prospect: It is not going to happen!
Januzaj is undoubtedly one of the club’s most naturally-gifted players and having recently agreed a contract that ties him to the club until the summer of 2018, his future is surely secure.
It is true that he has not featured as much as he would have hoped in the opening weeks of the campaign, but he is off the back of his first World Cup, and few players who were involved in the latter stages of that competition have come back firing for their clubs.
Van Gaal is renowned for bringing young players through and Januzaj could be among the very best he has ever had the privilege to manage.
While there may not be as many chances in the Dutchman’s 3-5-2 formation many believe he will ultimately revert to his famous 4-3-3 style that will give Januzaj plenty of opportunities as he develops.
Whatever style United play in the future, it must be remembered that Januzaj is still only 19. He may have been the club’s only shining light last season but that is not reason enough to play him week-in-week-out in the early stages of what is sure to be a tough campaign.
Januzaj will get chances. He is too good for that not to be the case. He will also be at United for many seasons to come; because if he is not, van Gaal clearly is not the manager the United faithful were promised and he will know that selling such a prodigious talent is, quite frankly, ludicrous.