By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Adnan Januzaj has been pencilled in to make his Manchester United comeback for their Under-21s team on Monday night, Football Insider sources understand.
United manager Louis van Gaal revealed on Friday that the winger was in consideration to play at Liverpool on Sunday following the end of his disastrous loan spell at Borussia Dortmund.
But Januzaj was not selected in the matchday squad for the match, which the visitors won 1-0.
He is now set to feature for Warren Joyce’s Under-21s side against Southampton on Monday night, which would be his first appearance for the club at any level in five months.
The Belgian has been building up his fitness in training since returning to Old Trafford 10 days ago following the abrupt cancellation of his season-long loan to Dortmund.
Januzaj, is not match fit after last playing on 10 December, has been given clearance to play for United again after the paperwork on his registration was received by the Premier League.
“We have taken a risk and we have built him up in our way of training sessions,” said Van Gaal at his media conference on Friday afternoon. “Now he can be on the bench or he shall play in the second team [Under-21s].”
The 20-year-old had a difficult time at Dortmund, where he made 12 appearances for the Bundesliga club, only three of which were starts. His six league outings were all as a substitute and he has not featured since a Europa League defeat by PAOK Salonika on 10 December.