The back three that Louis van Gaal has favoured for much of the season so far hasn't reflected particularly well on anyone, but it has arguably been most detrimental to Manchester United's wiry wing whizz Adnan Januzaj. The Belgian international has admitted that playing as a wing-back rather than higher up the field isn't really his idea of fun:
"Yes, the system can make it more difficult for me to play there but I have to keep working. That is what I am doing in training every day, as I want to get more games this season. I'm not really a wing-back. It's harder for me because there is more defending involved and I'm not really a defender."
The good news for Adnan is that van Gaal has switched back to a defensive four in his last few games, though his midfield diamond doesn't contain room for any pure wingers. However, that shouldn't be a barrier to Januzaj establishing himself in the team:
"It depends on how my football evolves. My favourite position is as a No. 10 or a winger. There are lots of players here and I can play in different roles -- it’s just a case of taking my opportunities. I’ve been a No. 10 since I was young and I can play there more easily but I know I can also play as a winger."
Januzaj apparently missed the FA Cup replay against Cambridge yesterday with a slight knock, though he should be fit enough to return to action this weekend. Let's hope that after a couple of promising performances in the centre of midfield, he's afforded more gametime.