Adnan Januzaj hopes gym sessions will help Manchester United winger 'get tougher' when he steps onto the pitch
Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has revealed he is spending extra time in the gym in an attempt to "be tougher" when he steps onto the pitch.
The 20-year-old was brilliant in a breakout season under David Moyes last term, but has struggled to make the grade under new coach Louis van Gaal, who has started him in just seven Premier League matches this season.
With British record signing Angel Di Maria suspended for the match on Sunday, and struggling for form, and Ashley Young a doubt because of injury, Januzaj may be in line to start against Spurs.
"I do a lot of work in the gym. I am trying to be faster and stronger so I can be tougher when I go out on the pitch," Januzaj told the Manchester United website. "I am doing a lot of short, sharp stuff so, when I turn a defender or go past a player, I can just get a few metres away from them with my acceleration."
United fans are used to watching fast wingers speed up and down the flanks at Old Trafford, but more often than not, they have been subjected to slow, unimaginative performances from their team this season.
United may have lost just two of their last 18 Premier League games, but Van Gaal has come in for criticism because of the team's style of play.
Former Barcelona and Chelsea assistant, Henk Ten Cate, who spent a year with Van Gaal while he was doing his training badges, thinks United should stick with his compatriot though.
"You have to give him time because, for me, he is one of the best coaches there is," Ten Cate told talkSPORT.
Quite a number of people are starting to label him as another Macheda, perhaps rather impulsively. All this because his development has really stalled this season, and perhaps our expectations were raised by his contributions under Moyes.
Maybe a loan spell would do him good for a bit to get gametime. He is struggling for minutes now which will affect his develoment here and if we bring a few more eg Depay in the summer he may fall further down the pecking order.
You can lead a man to reason, but you cannot make him think.
Still think he's a big talent but doesn't appear to work hard enough. I'd be tempted to send him out on a 2 year loan somewhere where he can get 1st team football and develop more. I think it would be worth trying to include him on loan as part of any possible deal for Depay.
He looks a good 5'10 to me maybe taller and could get bigger yet so his size doesn't worry me. He's actually a pretty good finisher but he just doesn't look upto anything for the first team at the minute. Loaning him out is definitely the way I'd be going.