Phil Neville explains why ‘world-beater’ Adnan Januzaj struggled at Cambridge

Adnan Januzaj (low qual)

Manchester United were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw at League Two club Cambridge United.

Former Manchester United player Phil Neville told the BBC that Adnan Januzaj’s lack of match practice was behind his below-par showing during United’s 0-0 FA cup draw at Cambridge United.

It was only 12 months ago that the Belgian international winger was tipped for stardom after breaking in to the Red Devils’ first-team in such dramatic fashion.

On his first start for the club, he netted a memorable double in a 2-1 away win at Sunderland and caused many observers to draw immediate parallels with former United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, his rise to prominence has taken a hit this season as Louis van Gaal has yet to be won over, restricting Januzaj to just a handful of appearances in all competitions.

It's imperative for the former Anderlecht youth product to leave a lasting mark on the team when handed the opportunity to shine, yet he seemingly struggles to adapt to Van Gaal’s renowned 3-5-2 system.

At Cambridge, he looked at times lost and disinterested, although pundit Neville believes that the reasoning behind this is simply a lack of games, and still tipped Januzaj to go on and become a world-beater.

"Manchester United have been playing too slowly. They've given Cambridge far too much time to get behind the ball, and then they have had to pass the ball back,” Neville commentated on the BBC.

“Adnan Januzaj will be a world beater - I am sure of that. He has just not played enough games to find his rhythm in matches like this."

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder has started just four Premier League matches this season, with a further seven appearances coming off the bench.

At Cambridge, he took a total of four shots and completed four successful dribbles, according to statistical website

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