David Moyes backs Adnan Januzaj to become one of Europe’s best players

by Sam Peoples

Adnan Januzaj has been backed become one of Europe’s best players by ex-manager David Moyes who singled him out as the greatest talent he has managed alongside Wayne Rooney.

The 19-year-old’s breakthrough into Manchester United’s first team was one of the few shining lights in a dismal season under Moyes as he grabbed his opportunities with both hands.

Sir Alex Ferguson had Januzaj on the bench for his final game against West Brom so his progression towards the first team was not started by Moyes but he at least gave him the platform to perform and he did just that.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Moyes said there was no doubt in his mind Januzaj would be going ‘right to the top’ in his career.

Adnan Januzaj is, in my managerial time, the best young talent up there with Wayne Rooney,” he said.

“You can see what he can become. When we had Wayne at Everton you could see the potential. Adnan Januzaj has got all that at the same age as Wayne. He’s one of the best young talents in Europe and he will go on to become one of the best players.

“When we went on tour last year he was one of the pluses. He did very well. There was a lot said about him. We came back and within a month we could not believe the change in him – he could go past people inside, outside, to the left, to the right.

“He had a bit of Chris Waddle about him. Chris Waddle used to slow you down and make you feel comfortable and before you knew it he was gone. Adnan has that. He can eliminate people.

“Yes, of course, he was young and he was going to not do it all the time but he has incredible skill, a good temperament and with the right degree of arrogance. Wayne was different but in the same way as we saw something special in him at Everton we saw that in Adnan Januzaj. I can only see the boy going right to the top.”

For all his talent, Januzaj is having to endure a mentally tough stage in his United career at the moment because Louis van Gaal has such a plethora of attacking options, he is playing with the U21s again in order to get game time.

However, he isn’t putting his head in the sand and complaining. Januzaj has scored four goals in his last two appearances with the U21s and proven he is far too good for that level of football, putting the ball firmly back in Van Gaal’s court to give him more opportunities with the first team.

It is still very early doors in his career but he certainly has the potential to be one of Europe’s best players if he can continue to progress as rapidly as he has in the past 18 months at United.

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