Manchester United star Adnan Januzaj knows he wants to add more unpredictability to his game in order to cause further issues for opposition defenders.
Januzaj emerged as a bright young talent under David Moyes last season and the Belgian’s impressive first season became a rare positive of the former Everton manager’s time in charge.
Despite his good form, Januzaj had a limited role under Louis van Gaal due to the new 3-5-2 system but did start games against Manchester City and Chelsea when the manager decided to play with wingers.
After rumours of a move away in January, Januzaj returned to the team and told the official club website that he wants to make life even harder for defenders.
“It’s a case of mixing it up and causing the defender more problems because he won’t know if I’ll cross it or dribble,” he revealed.
“I know I need to add that unpredictability to my game.”
Januzaj became the go-to player against Sunderland and earned praise from his manager for recording a first assist of the season when his shot led to Wayne Rooney nodding in the rebound for a 2-0 win.
“I’m a dribbler and I like to go past people,” he confirmed, relishing that responsibility of getting the fans on their feet.
“That’s really my game, you know, taking people on and making things happen. Sometimes it’s difficult. Sometimes, you can have a bad day when nothing works but you still must try to make something happen. I am confident. If I get tackled once, I go again and again until I go past them.”
After a dreary first half performance from Angel Di Maria against Sunderland, Januzaj added an edge to the game and was once entrusted to come on against Newcastle last week to help United win that game too.
The Belgian forced the returning Jonas Gutierrez into a foul and a booking early on, but also regularly cut inside his man on to his favoured left foot.