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Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj impresses with brace for under-21s

Adnan Januzaj helped his prospects of returning to the Manchester United first-team by scoring twice in an appearance for the club's under-21 side in a 4-0 win over Oldham on Monday.

Januzaj has only made two brief substitute appearances for the first team -- against Southampton and Arsenal -- since returning from his loan at Borussia Dortmund in January.

He has also been troubled by a hamstring injury, but looked sharp against Oldham at Carrington, scoring one particularly eye-catching long-range curling effort.

Adnan Januzaj is hoping to break back into Louis van Gaal's first-team plans.

The 21-year-old is looking to rebuild his career after enduring a difficult spell in Germany, where he started just three games for Dortmund -- all of which were Europa League matches.

Those starts mean that Januzaj is cup-tied for the imminent European matches against Liverpool, but he will hope to force his way back into the reckoning before the end of the domestic season.

The other goal scorers for United under-21s against Oldham were Andreas Pereira and Regan Poole. Paddy McNair, Joe Riley and Donald Love all started the game.

Arindam is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @ARejSport.


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