David Moyes has backed Adnan Januzaj to have a big impact for Manchester United in his debut season as a first team player.
The 18-year-old finally signed a new five-year contract two weeks ago after months of negotiation to end speculation as to whether he would be the latest youngster to leave Old Trafford.
He has impressed with every appearance so far and speaking in his programme notes ahead of Stoke, Moyes said he felt that Januzaj would become a top player.
“Signing Adnan Januzaj on a new five-year contract at Old Trafford shows the club’s willingness to go out and try to sign the best players,” he said.
“Young footballers get opportunities to progress here at Manchester United and I have no doubt that, in the future, Adnan will become a top player. He is 18 years old, has good ability, plus maturity beyond his years.
“All aspects of his game will continue to improve the more he plays matches but already he has made important contributions to the team through both making and scoring goals.”
United have always blooded youngsters into the first team but few have had such an immediate and consistent as Januzaj has had at the start of his career.
He changed the game against Stoke, despite being 18, and has already become an important part of the side after just a few appearances but the most exciting part is that he is only just getting started.