He said: “I find it fascinating that if it was not for injuries at Manchester United, this lad would not be playing. The question manager David Moyes must wrestle with is whether Januzaj is part of his squad or an integral part of the team? I respectfully suggest that Moyes stops dithering and accepts the latter. Anyone can see that the kid is a star. Play him.”
I respectfully suggest that Crooks retires immediately from stealing a living as a pundit.
Januzaj has made 9 Premier League appearances in total this season. Only Antonio Valencia (16) and Ashley Young (10) have more. Shinji Kagawa (9) has the same but the likes of Nani (8) and Ryan Giggs (9) have made less than Januzaj.
Moyes is doing quite the opposite of dithering. In fact, he has had to rest Januzaj because we have become so reliant on him for a creative spark as of late and in many fans’ eyes, Januzaj is one of the first names on the team sheet.
We’ve got to remember that the 18-year-old Januzaj is only six months into his debut season at the club yet has been given the responsibility of being our main creative spark in the absence of multiple first team players, but Crooks’ suggestion that Januzaj’s inclusion is only down to injuries is ridiculous.
He was one of our best players on the pre-season tour and was always going to get his chance this year. Even when fit, none of our wingers have played well enough to keep him out of the team and he is there on his own merits more so than the injuries of others.
Thanks to @Jackkholt for pointing this out.