“It’s always a great feeling to be Player of the Year. I’ve been working hard and just want to thank all the players, fans and staff. It’s been a great season.” Adnan Januzaj
Since then, Januzaj has gone from strength to strength as a player and last night, he got his rewards when United were crowned Barclays U21s Premier League champions.
The 18-year-old Belgian was outstanding for United on the night playing as an isolated striker in an unnatural position and he was fantastic in holding up and creating play, giving United an outlet against a Tottenham side who dominated for large periods of the game. And his patience paid off when United completed a fantastic turnaround from 2-0 down to win the game 3-2 with a blistering second half performance.
It was apt that Januzaj picked up his medal from Sir Bobby Charlton. An ex-legend handing a new kid on the block his first medal in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last official game as United manager, hopefully his first of many at United.
Having won the Golden Boot at the Blue Stars Cup in Zurich, the coveted Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year award and now the U21s title in the past two weeks, Januzaj is already getting a taste for silverware and it is something he puts down to sheer hard work.
“It’s always a great feeling to be Player of the Year,” he said. “I’ve been working hard and just want to thank all the players, fans and staff. It’s been a great season.
“It’s hard when you’re injured as you want to show everyone what you can do. I couldn’t last year so I’ve done it this year and I’m really proud to be the Player of the Year.”
Januzaj has truly been a revelation this season and one can only hope he is in the eyes of David Moyes in the future and earns a recall to the United bench like he got on Sunday.
Having spent most of the season out wide, Januzaj is one of the more technically gifted players in United’s reserves. His ability to play out wide or centrally equally as well as the other gives him an unpredictability that makes it very hard for defenders to play against him and versatility is a trait that always helps a footballer in getting game time.
At just 18, his frame is slender and he is physically quite weak but up against a bullish Tottenham defence, he more than held his own. The career of Scholes shows that the most talented of players don’t need a big frame to succeed if they have the intelligence to avoid confrontation in the first place.
And under the watchful eye of Moyes, there is no reason to suggest that Januzaj can’t become of United’s next stars.