Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj has revealed he is struggling to adapt to Louis van Gaal’s 3-5-2 formation, according to the Daily Star.
The Dutch boss is eager to make his new formation work at Old Trafford, despite criticism from fans in the past, and appears to be isolating players like Januzaj, who are finding it hard to adapt to a new role in order to fit in.
The 19-year-old is often being used as a wing-back under Van Gaal, and he admits he is finding it hard to track back and do his defensive duties.
He told the Daily Star: “The system can make it more difficult for me to play there but I have to keep working.
“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.
“It depends on how my football evolves. My favourite position is as a No.10 or a winger.”
During David Moyes’ short spell in charge of United, Januzaj was seen as a vital member of the squad, but the arrival of Van Gaal has seen his playing time become more limited.
The Belgian was often used as a No.10 or a wide winger last season, but is now being seen as backup to Juan Mata, who Van Gaal prefers to play behind the strikers, while the arrival of Angel Di Maria is also pushing him down the pecking order.