Januzaj helps Manchester United maintain homegrown record but only just

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United have kept up their incredible record of having a homegrown player in each of their match-day squads since 1937 after Adnan Januzaj was named on the bench to face Arsenal on Monday night.

Januzaj was the only member of United’s squad who met homegrown requirements having joined the club as a 16-year-old in 2011.

The Belgian’s inclusion meant their run of consecutive games featuring at least one youth product in the squad extended to 3,734.

It was one positive for United after a disappointing evening in which their former striker Danny Welbeck sealed a 2-1 victory for Arsenal with a late winner.

Despite the record continuing with Januzaj’s appearance on the bench, there is some genuine concern it could come to an end in the not too distant future.

If Januzaj were to be injured, there’s a possibility United could put a finish to one of the club’s finest ever records if the likes of Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair were also left out of the match day squad again. That would be a travesty.

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