Adnan Januzaj‘s omission from Manchester United’s senior UEFA Champions League squad was in order to allow him as much game time as possible, David Moyes has confirmed.
Due to UEFA rules, Januzaj’s inclusion in the senior squad before October 7 would have ruled him ineligible for the U19s Champions League tournament, so by not adding him until then means that Januzaj is free to switch between the senior and U19s Champions League over the course of the season.
“By October 7, Adnan will have been at the club for the length of time that will allow him to go onto the ‘B’ list,” Moyes explained.
“It means he will become a youth player [for the Champions League].
“If we had put him onto the ‘A’ list now, then we would never have been able to class him as a youth-team player. So we needed to wait for two games to do that.”
It’s a very smart move to ensure that Januzaj is eligible for the U19s tournament as he won’t feature heavily for the senior side in Moyes’ first Champions League campaign.
Last night, Januzaj played the full 90 minutes in the Under-21s 4-1 romp over Bolton so is unlikely to feature in the U19s Champions League fixture against Bayer Leverkusen from the start, although he may have a cameo appearance in the second half.
The 18-year-old really is the talk of the town right now after his impressive debut at the weekend and United fans are hopeful that he signs a new contract sooner rather than later.