Louis Van Gaal has warned Adnan Januzaj that he must make the most of his talent if he is to succeed at Old Trafford and force his way into the starting XI on a regular basis.
Van Gaal included Januzaj in his first eleven on Saturday – for only the 6th time this season – as accusations of inconsistency continue to stand in the way of his progress.
He (Januzaj) has a lot of talent but you have to perform that talent in the matches and also in the training sessions.
I’m not making the line-up, the players themselves are making the line-up. You don’t believe that, I think.
I observe and I communicate with my players what I want every day. At the moment I think ‘okay, he is now ready to play’ then maybe I can let them play.
The Belgian playmaker has been linked with a move away from Manchester for what seems like the full transfer window, but Van Gaal had some choice words for the youngster, along with the likes of Falcao, Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini.
I have to compare Januzaj with Juan Mata and now I choose Januzaj. I’m looking every week and every day the players have to show it. I’ve said this to the players, to Falcao, Mata and Januzaj.
The competition is high and also that’s difficult to manage for players.
This morning, Januzaj has been linked with a loan move to Everton, as his suitors continue to grow with the transfer window nearing its conclusion this evening. Van Gaal might prefer to send him abroad to gain some experience in Italy or Spain where he has a whole host of admirers.