Former Manchester United youngster Keith Gillespie has said that Adnan Januzaj might have to depart Old Trafford if he wants to keep his career going and fulfil his considerable potential, having lost his place in the side under Louis van Gaal, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
While Januzaj made an appearance against Queens Park Rangers this weekend, it came with the result against the Premier League strugglers almost completely confirmed, giving him little chance to influence the course of the game.
With the additions of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao confirmed towards the end of the transfer window, there are significant roadblocks ahead of Januzaj on the road to the first team.
This has seen him drop down to the Under 21s, who he played for earlier this week as they beat Sunderland 4-0 at Old Trafford. Januzaj scored a hat trick.
Gillespie, who won the Youth Cup in 1992 with Man Utd before leaving in 1995 to join Newcastle, said: “Unfortunately, with the embarrassment of riches Manchester United have at the moment, he’s not first choice.
“He’s still young though and is learning the game. He needs games to bring out his potential.
“Last season was very poor for United, but he was probably the one shining light in a team which didn’t perform.
“Just look at the players in the team now, the likes of Angel Di Maria, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.
“He’s a winger and I’m not sure he can adapt and play as a wing back. He needs to play further forward. It’s very difficult to fit him in to the system.”