Adnan Januzaj made his senior Manchester United debut against Singha All-Stars but given the professionalism of his performance, you wouldn’t have known it.
The 18-year-old was officially named man of the match after a game where he showed no nerves and plenty of signs that he is ready to force his way into Moyes’ side.
It didn’t go unnoticed and speaking with United’s official website after the game, Moyes admitted that the Belgian’s performance was one of the biggest positives from the loss.
He said: “I thought Adnan played well tonight and was a plus for us. He was the pick of the group.
“It’s always good when you give a young player a chance and he shows up, which I thought he did tonight. And the more he plays like that, the more opportunities he’s liable to get.”
It wasn’t just Moyes who spotted Januzaj’s good performance and the Belgian’s name was trending worldwide during the game against Singha All-Stars, which was a real testament to how much he was standing out to those watching the game.
Few would of expected such a professional showing from the 18-year-old in his first senior appearance with the club but those that followed him last year with the U21s will know how talented he is.
Januzaj was deservedly named Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year after a campaign that saw him excel with Warren Joyce’s U21s. It was his first full season with the club after recovering from an injury sustained in 2011 and he was always a cut above the rest.
Helping United to U21s Premier League victory, the talented playmaker showed great versatility by playing all across the front line and up top on his own in a campaign where United struggled without a natural striker.
His appearance on the bench against West Brom was a testament to the talent Ferguson spotted and if he can build on his performance against Singha All-Stars, Januzaj will certainly have a chance of staking a claim to a regular spot in Moyes’ side.
Photo: Facebook/Adnan Januzaj