“Adnan is a beautifully balanced player. He’s only 18 and still to grow into his frame. But he has good balance, good acceleration and he’s a very good technical player”- Sir Alex told about Adnan Januzaj at the end of last season. David Moyes now has a raw talent in hand who he can mold in to one of the best players in the future.
The Belgian was signed from Anderlecht in 2011 and had a great season with the reserves. His contributions for the Manchester United Under 21 team didn’t go un noticed as the 18 year old was given a squad number at the end of last season and was an unused substitute in the last game against West Brom.
He belongs to the type of ‘Floating Midfielders’-capable of playing on the flanks or through the middle and is also good on deal ball situations. Starring for the Reserves in the U-21 Tournament, he was deployed in the striker’s role against Tottenham Hotspurs in the final where he played the role to perfection. He ran into channels, dragged the defenders out of position and was also able to hold onto the ball well up the pitch. The United youngsters went onto win the final-Courtesy Adnan Januzaj’s form through out the tournament.
In his first match under David Moyes against the Singha stars Januzaj’s performance was one on remember. Deployed as a right winger, he was the liveliest United Player on the pitch and his performances were one of the positives for United to take from the match after their shock defeat to Singha All Stars team. The Winger was a constant threat cutting in from the right and always created problems for the opposition defenders with his step over’s and timely runs.
United in 2003 had a young player in their squad famous for his step over’s and tricks in his earlier days and later his game became matured and went on to become tone of the best players in the world-Cristiano Ronaldo. At just 18 years of age, the talented youngster is at the place which is known for developing young talent and a coach who is good in nurturing young players.
With many players injured and some rested Manchester United fans will be hoping to see more of the young Belgian in this preseason tour. Opportunities in the Premier league this season may be hard to come by for the young Belgian, but he will be surely in the starting line ups in the league and FA cup matches. Big things are expected from the young Belgian. Can he deliver? The answer lies in the future.