Adnan Januzaj
Adnan Januzaj has been linked with a loan move away from Old Trafford following a lack of first-team opportunities Getty

Adnan Januzaj is working hard to prove to Louis van Gaal he deserves a chance at Manchester United after the Belgium starlet struggled to secure game time during the Dutch boss's debut campaign at Old Trafford.

The 20 year old was one of the few highlights of David Moyes era at the Premier League giants, scoring four goals in 27 appearances.

The United academy prodigy even earned a place in Belgium squad for the Brazil 2014 World Cup alongside the likes of Chelsea star Eden Hazard. He was also rewarded with the iconic number 11 shirt at Old Trafford after Ryan Giggs hanged his boots.

But Januzaj meteoric rise suffered a blow during Van Gaal's debut season at United, with the Dutch boss handing him just seven starting Premier League appearances.

Following the arrival of Memphis Depay, and with a number of offensive midfielders in the United ranks, it looked as though the Belgium international might be loaned out so he could continue his development elsewhere.

But Januzaj is instead set to stay at the Premier League giants and put last season behind him.

The Belgian went to Dubai, alongside Luke Shaw, with a coach from the club during the summer holidays to boost his fitness for the new campaign.

"We decided to do it because this season we have to do better than last season. Last season, I didn't have many games but this year I have to be fit and get as many games as I can," Januzaj said to MUTV.

"It was our own decision [to take a fitness coach from the club with us] because I wanted to work hard and achieve something this season. I think it has helped already as I feel I am getting stronger.

"Over there [in Dubai], it was about 50 degrees and it's quite hot over here as well, so I think we're used to this weather and maybe that is helping me more. We were working hard, doing a bit of other sports too. We also worked on the pitch with the ball. When it's 50 degrees, it's hard but hopefully it helps."

Van Gaal handed him a chance to prove his worth in his favoured number 10 role during the 1-0 pre-season victory over Club America.

Januzaj admits he feels more comfortable playing that role behind the striker but insist his main target is to get more playing time, no matter the position.

"I like the position. As a young player, I always played there, as a number 10. Only in the last two or three years have I been playing on the wing and also sometimes as a striker," he said.

"The position I prefer is behind the striker but I'm happy to play wherever the manager wants me to play."