Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj is not for sale, says manager Louis van Gaal, who also suggests Javier Hernandez still has a future at the club as Wayne Rooney's understudy.
Januzaj, 20, was left out of United's match-day squad in the season-opening victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 8 August. Sunderland are confident of taking the player on a season-long loan, the Sunderland Echo suggests.
The Belgium international appeared to rubbish such claims via his Twitter account on 13 August and his manager has since ruled out a move, insisting he will always try and find a way to accommodate all his players.
"I have 28 players and I have to select every week and maybe every three days," Van Gaal told a press conference ahead of the Premier League meeting with Aston Villa on 14 August. "Last week I chose for other players. He is doing his utmost best, all the players are doing that. I don't have any complaints." When quizzed further if Januzaj might move away from United, he said: "It's still not for sale."
Another player the United manager will be looking to accommodate is Javier Hernandez. After a loan spell at Real Madrid last season, the Mexico international has returned to Old Trafford but remains linked with a move away from the club, with Premier League rival West Ham United credited with strong interest.
But Van Gaal insists Hernandez has been told what role he has to play at the club. He said: "The striker is Rooney and Chicharito is the second striker and he knows that."
With just over two weeks remaining of the summer transfer window, United remain active in doing business, with the manager claiming via the club's official website earlier in August that he would like to add another two players to his squad. The Dutchman insists that stance has not changed, telling reporters: "Always, our aim is to improve our squad and when it is possible we shall do it. I have said more than once that we only buy when we think it is a contribution for our squad."