Does Depay’s arrival mean the end of this starlet’s Man United career?

Adnan Januzaj could be forgiven for being a little concerned.

Having seen little first-team action of late, his Manchester United career, which was promising so much a year ago, seems to have stalled and possibly even gone into reverse.

Most worryingly for the winger, it seems that there is little he has done wrong and for the moment, little he can do to put things right.

Louis van Gaal has wasted no time in commencing United’s summer transfer spending by bringing in more direct competition for the young Belgian.

Memphis Depay, a goal-scoring winger and a much coveted attacking sensation in European football, is on his way to Old Trafford for a reported £25million.

The move is undoubtedly a statement of intent from Van Gaal before the transfer window even opens but many people are suggesting that it also sends the message to Januzaj, that he has no first-team future under the Dutch boss.

The young Belgian at least responded well this week by putting on a show in United’s under-21 derby victory over rivals City, providing both a goal and an excellent assist.

It is these very qualities combined with dribbling ability and clever movement belying his young age, which no doubt prompted David Moyes to give him his first-team chance last term.

Januzaj featured heavily under the Scot and his emergence was in fact one of few positive outcomes from that abysmal season.

It is not that the former Anderlecht youngster has performed badly under Van Gaal, more that he, like most of his team-mates, struggled to adapt as the coach tinkered with the system.

When the pieces of the puzzle finally clicked into place, the 20-year-old was not a vital component. He was given chances earlier in the current campaign, but as the Red Devils have slowly but steadily improved, others have come to the fore.

Ashley Young, for example, has upped his performances to the extent that he is now an almost automatic selection on United’s left flank. Young’s purple patch has directly coincided with Januzaj being an unused substitute for seven of the last eight games.

Under Moyes, Young had looked like a player whose best days were behind him but from nowhere his second wind has helped United close out Champions League qualification.

Juan Mata too, though not a winger or at all similar to the youngster in style, has found a niche for himself in Van Gaal’s current strategy which contributes to reducing the possibility of game time.

Looking further afield even, there might be more competition on the way.

Another United winger, Nani, has been impressing on loan at Sporting Lisbon and while it seems unlikely Van Gaal will recall him to the first-team fold, the Portuguese could still be a factor for Januzaj as his future remains unresolved.

The key to the issue surrounding the future of Januzaj though, does not revolve around rejuvenated team-mates, new signings or returning loanees.

It comes down to Van Gaal’s plans for British record signing Angel Di Maria.

The Argentine is a player of immense excitement and one who potentially can catapult United towards a title challenge but he has struggled badly since his initial positive impact.

Rumours are flying about his happiness in Manchester, a return to Madrid, a possible bid from PSG.

Only the player, those closest to him and possibly Van Gaal will currently know what next season holds for Di Maria.

Januzaj then, regardless of how positively he views his chances at United, must wait until this situation is resolved before he can make a proper assessment.

He would be unwise to be hasty given the potential for him to achieve at Old Trafford.

European football will return to the Theatre of Dreams next term and with the club fighting on four fronts, a larger core of first-team players will be required.

He can afford to bide his time for now and in that regard at least, he has little option with his United contract stretching until 2018.

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