Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj burst onto the scene in 2013 under David Moyes. He played 27 times in that debut season, scoring four goals and was one of the only bright spots in an otherwise poor year for the club.
Since Louis van Gaal took charge of Man United, Januzaj’s future has grown increasingly unclear. Initially, it was said that he might be sent on loan but that rumour was soon put to bed. What Van Gaal’s plans are for Januzaj have now become a talking point.
The signing of Memphis Depay has not helped in any way to quell the doubts that Januzaj must be feeling about his future but the young Belgian has an air of confidence about him on the pitch that will help in his fight for playing time against Memphis.
Memphis is considered to be one of the best young players in the world and he really put on a show for Eredivisie spectators last season while playing for PSV Eindhoven.
You get the feeling Januzaj is going to be doing an awful lot of this next season…tough to get them both game time. pic.twitter.com/y92tsH8bSU
— MUFC Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) July 6, 2015
The two players play predominantly on the left wing but can also play in any of the attacking midfield positions and will surely want to offer that versatility in an effort to get a step ahead in the battle for playing time. Of course, Angel di Maria and possibly Juan Mata will also be in contention for a wide midfield role.
It is not a bad thing to complain about considering the lack of options United had last season. While the rivalry will see someone lose out, competing in the Champions League next season will mean that everyone should get sufficient game time. The depth of a squad is really tested in European football and United are currently rebuilding after missing out on Champions League football in 2013-14.
Januzaj and Memphis will both be keeping an eye on one another and the healthy rivalry that is sure to ensue will be very interesting to watch.