Lack of playing time is hindering Adnan Januzaj’s development
The Manchester United attacker is currently on loan to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
Adnan Januzaj started brightly bagging his first goal just 18 minutes into his debut – a charity match versus St Pauli. Since then he has made little impact and is yet to start a game in the league. He has made just 5 appearances as a sub and created just one assist.
Two years ago it was a completely different story as he raised eye-brows at Manchester United during the Moyes era. The FA even considered him as someone who could one day play for England, as he is a ‘homegrown’ player.
Things changed though, with the arrival of current United boss, Louis van Gaal. Januzaj was given chances in both the No 9 and No 10 roles – roles that Januzaj has openly said he prefers to play in – by the manager but failed to impress. The decision was then made that the player would be shipped out on loan in the hope that he would play more and develop.
So what happens next for Adnan Januzaj? Does he see out his loan spell at Dortmund then go back out on loan to a team where he is likely to get more game time? Or does he finish his current loan spell then leave Manchester United altogether?
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Premier League experienced Sanchez and Pelle reportedly on United’s radar.
Spanish site Don Balon claim that Louis van Gaal told Alexis Sanchez that he could be the ‘cornerstone’ of the United squad.
However, Sanchez has recently purchased a house in London so it’s unlikely he would up and leave to move north just yet. Also, it would be hard to see Wenger selling a top player to Manchester United again.
Another Southampton player is also allegedly on LVG’s wanted list. And that is Graziano Pelle.
The Italian international is a proven goal scorer in the Premier League and could prove to be a great addition to the United team.
But like Arsene Wenger, it’s hard to imagine Ronald Koeman – who holds Pelle in high regard – would allow his main striker to leave. But money talks!
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Bastian Schweinsteiger believes Louis van Gaal can succeed at Manchester United as he did at Bayern Munich.
The World Cup winner says that Bayern Munich fans were unsure of van Gaal at the beginning. And that it took a while for the players to become accustomed to the Dutchman’s style of play. But Bayern Munich went on to win the double.
In response to claims that Manchester United are lacking in goals, Schweinsteinger notes that it is not too dissimilar in Germany. The midfield maestro points out that Bayern Munich recently drew 0-0 with Frankfurt; unable to break down a team that were playing with 10 men behind the ball.
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Jesse Lingard scores his first goal for Manchester United helping them toward all three points.
The Red Devils score two goals and keep another clean sheet as they continue push for a title challenge.
During the first half United created some decent chances with the first one coming in the 12th minute. Following a patient build up, Michael Carrick showed great vision to place a firm pass through the middle to Wayne Rooney. The United captain was unable to control the ball comfortably and hit his volley up into the stands.
Juan Mata came close just a few minutes later when Wayne Rooney directed a pass into him. Mata hit his shot first time, curling the ball just wide of the far post.
Former Manchester United defender, Johnny Evans, came to West Brom’s rescue in the 41st minute by reading the game well to prevent Lingard from scoring. Anthony Martial played Jesse Lingard in down the left side of the box. As Lingard struck the ball, Evans was in quick to immediately block the shot.
Just before half time, West Brom goalkeeper, Myhill, was called into action to stop an Anthony Martial shot. The United attacker brought the ball down and span his defender but his shot was hit directly at Myhill.
At half time you would have been forgiven for thinking the game was destined for yet another goalless draw. But just 5 minutes in Jesse Lingard punished some lacklustre defending with a fantastic goal. West Brom defender Chris Brunt’s looping defensive header fell to Lingard who controlled the ball perfectly. With a little bit of time he shaped him self up to curl a well placed shot into the far bottom corner. Myhill had no chance.
The introduction of Saido Berahino and Ricky Lambert seemed to lift West Brom as they began to attack searching for an equaliser with 20 minutes still to go.
They had two great chances to draw level but Darren Fletcher, another former United player, couldn’t get his header from a free kick on target and Berahino missed an almost open goal watching his close range header sail over the bar.
Manchester United had a couple more chances to extend their lead with Lingard and Mata in the 73rd and 85th minutes respectively, both trying but failing to hit the target.
In the 91st minute United were able to seal the three points when Anthony Martial was brought down in the box by last man McAuley. Juan Mata stepped up and placed his penalty down the middle. McAuley was red carded as a result of his challenge on Martial.
Over the last two games we have seen an improvement in United’s attacking play. There has been a lot more movement around the box and more chances are being created. But giving the opposition goalkeeper work to do is still something the red devils need to improve on. Today’s game is no exception. Most of Manchester United’s attempts we’re either off target or could not beat the Baggies defence.
The win today keeps Manchester United in 4th place, a point behind Manchester City and Arsenal, who are both yet to play.
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Manchester United Team Sheet
Young (Jones – 62′)
Rojo (Borthwick-Jackson – 76′)
Rooney (Herrera – 82′)