Adnan Januzaj has been phenomenal for Manchester United season after breaking into the first team but it hasn’t stopped Patrice Evra from making light of his rise to fame.
The 18-year-old has taken to United’s first team like a duck to water. There is already a real buzz every time he gets the ball and in a nice feature on Januzaj for MUTV with a few United players before kick-off, Evra joked that he won’t pass Januzaj the ball again to make sure the fame doesn’t go to his head.
“Everyone knows he is a big talent but what surprised me a lot with Adnan is his personality,” he said.
“He is confident. Sometimes people say he is arrogant but they are wrong, he is confident and I love that type of player.
“He thinks he is already something for Manchester United because he scored two goals. I will say I’ll never pass him the ball again on the pitch.
“I will say to Adnan that when he wins many trophies, then I’ll call him a Manchester United player.
“I’ll always make some jokes with him like that but I love him and I want him to do well because they are the future.”
You can always count on Evra to crack a joke at United. Whether it is biting into a plastic arm or pulling signs behind Sir Alex Ferguson, he has always been that type of character.
His presence in the dressing room has been hailed by David Moyes and Januzaj will appreciate having that sort of presence around him to make him feel part of the team.
There is a genuine affection between Evra, United and it’s players – that much is obvious. He gets the club and it gets him.
As well as Evra, MUTV asked Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck about what they thought of Januzaj and what kind of impact he has had on them so far.
Ryan Giggs: “He did really well along with Jesse on the pre-season tour and he has just carried that on really. He is what you want your young players to be. He has been given a chance and he has taken it.
“He’s a great lad to have around – really down to earth, wants to learn and wants to improve and he is a pleasure to play with.
“He’s a talented lad so why wouldn’t you talk about him? Why wouldn’t you praise him? But it is about a balance of keeping his feet on the ground which I don’t think will be a problem for him.”
Wayne Rooney: “It’s a big challenge for him but obviously we see him every day and he has got the talent and hopefully he can go out and continue that form for the rest of the season.”
Danny Welbeck: “He has got the quality and the confidence and I really think he’ll be a stand out player for Manchester United.”