David Moyes has admitted he did not expect Adnan Januzaj to have such an impact so early on in his Manchester United career and re-affirmed that the club is still wary of getting him involved in too much too soon.
Ever since his brilliant brace against Sunderland, the 18-year-old has been a regular in the starting XI and is yet to really disappoint.
His consistency is startling given his age but he has already created an air of expectancy every time he has the ball that something good is going to happen just because of how well he has performed, something Moyes is obviously glad to see.
Speaking to reporters ahead of tomorrow’s game against West Ham, he said: “He [Januzaj] is way ahead of schedule. He is doing brilliantly well. We took him on tour then we had him back at the start of the season, then he just kicked onto another gear.
“He was going past people on the inside, the outside and all his decision-making at the time was correct. He can score with both feet. We just thought this boy had gone on so quickly – he never let us down when he went to Sunderland. He is still learning. We still have to be careful with him.
“I read the thing Sir Matt Busby said about having to put the boys in and give them a chance, I see it written on the walls around the Academy. I want to be a manager who does give young boys an opportunity. I was like that at Everton and at Preston as well. I hope I am able to do that at Manchester United. Adnan has come to the fore and shown us what he is capable of.”
Moyes’ reference to Sir Matt Busby’s statement of ‘if they are good enough, they are old enough’ is really pleasing to see. He has let Januzaj blossom and United have reaped the rewards. He has also given Under-21s midfielder Charni Ekangamene a squad number which is a testament to the fact he does have every intention of upholding the United tradition of blooding our youngsters.
It’s not just Moyes who has got the full support of Januzaj either as it hasn’t taken very long for United’s fans to take to him after his brilliant start at Old Trafford. His next challenge is to try and maintain that level of performance consistently across a whole season but from what we have seen so far, there is no reason why that can’t happen.