The Manchester United winger impressed once again for the under-21s this week.
It is fair to say this season has not gone according to plan for Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj.
A loan move to Borussia Dortmund saw him struggle for game-time, with the majority of his starts coming in the Europa League, and since his return to Old Trafford he has failed to get the chances his talent deserves.
Perhaps most surprisingly was his omission from United’s match-day squad for their recent Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion, with the Belgian international exactly the type of player who can make the difference from the bench.
However, in Januzaj’s absence United sent on defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah and midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin in a desperate bid to change the game.
Just 24 hours later Januzaj turned out for United’s under-21s in their Senior Cup match against Oldham Athletic, and he scored twice in his side’s 4-0 victory.
Januzaj is not exactly inexperienced when it comes to first-team football, so why on earth is he being overlooked and having to make do with second string games when a place on the bench is surely the well within his grasp?
After Januzaj’s latest performance we took to Twitter to see what United fans thought and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Januzaj scored another 2 goals for the U21s. Clearly he needs game time in the senior side, incredible how he doesn't even make the bench.— NM (@ffsRooney) March 7, 2016
Why is Januzaj playing for the reserves? He needs to play with the first team— Devesh Mandhyan (@dev_mufc) March 7, 2016
Januzaj and Pereira are never going to make it at utd :/— Rajat (@ScholesyLad) March 7, 2016
Januzaj scored twice and Pereira once for U21 baffles me why van Gaal didn't use them in his rotation plan— Mourinho FC (@TarekTamo) March 7, 2016
Januzaj brace and another great game for Pereira but still no start for either of them I bet https://t.co/WXOubhLjPR— Tarplee (@JanuzajLad) March 7, 2016