Adnan Januzaj has been racking up some impressive displays this year and has become a consistent first choice player for Manchester United’s U21s.
The 18-year-old Belgian wonderkid Janujaz is poised to accompany fellow youngsters like Nick Powell and Larnell Cole on tour this summer after a pick of performances that might have earned him a seat on the tour plane – and he will have a point to prove.
The promising youngster, who was snapped up from Anderlecht in 2011, was singled out by Sir Alex Ferguson in last months Inside United magazine after an impressive season so far.
“Adnan is a beautifully-balanced player,” said Ferguson.
“He’s only 18 and has to grow into his frame but he has good balance, good acceleration and is a very good technical player. He and Nick Powell, of the younger players, are at the top.”
And in and interview with this months edition of Inside United, Januzaj admitted that he wanted to have a “big career” at Manchester United.
He said: “It was a good experience [pre-season friendly]. I really liked it and I hope it won’t be the last time that I play with the first team. I will keep working hard to try and get into the first team. I hope to have a big career at Manchester United.”
“Yes. I always try to do my best in every game and try to get in the team. Hopefully, I can try to get in the first team in the future as well.”
Januzaj really is a stand out player with the U21s. His poise on the ball is second to none and he has a wand of a left foot from set pieces as well as open play.
He hasn’t got the physicality required for the first team yet but that is because he is a young boy but you only have to look at Paul Scholes to realise that a small frame doesn’t stop a player from succeeding at United.
And when asked what his favourite position was, Januzaj admitted that he loves being in possession and able to create opportunities for others.
“I always try to do my best in each position really. I still keep working hard wherever I play. Even if I need to be in defence, I am still doing my best.
“I really like to play with the ball at my feet. It is more my type of play than defending. I take the set-pieces as well and always try to deliver the best ball I can and do something for the team to help my team-mates.
Big things are expected of Januzaj who is getting plenty of plaudits from both inside and outside of the club. At just 18, he has his whole career ahead of him and if he can keep progressing as quickly as he is with the U21s, it certainly won’t be too long before he gets his opportunities with the first team.