The 19-year-old has played more football with United’s U21s this season than the first team and has had to settle for a place on the periphery thanks to the likes of Angel di Maria and Juan Mata being ahead of him in selection.
Januzaj was such a bright spark last year so fans hoped he could kick on and really have a fantastic campaign this year but so far it hasn’t worked out that way.
However, times have changed and United spent £150m in the summer so Januzaj was pushed down the pecking order and hasn’t featured much because of it.
So far, Januzaj hasn’t shown any signs of dissent and his four goals in two appearances with the U21s indicates he hasn’t lost any of his drive to perform to the best of his ability either. He may be frustrated but isn’t letting it effect his football, which is half the battle for some players.
Januzaj’s time will come. As the new No.11 after Ryan Giggs, he is a central figure for the future of United and Van Gaal will certainly give him more time as the season progresses.
For now, so long as Januzaj maintains the right attitude and keeps fighting for his place, he’ll get his chances sooner rather than later.