Adnan Januzaj has played a huge part in Manchester United’s Asian Tour this pre-season and popped up with another goal today against Kitchee.
The 18-year-old was relatively unknown at Old Trafford for the majority of last season, but made a big impression towards the end and found himself on the bench in many of United’s closing fixtures of the Ferguson era.
The playmaker is hopeful of a big future with the current Premier League champions and told the Guardian: “Manchester United are a big club, I love it here, I feel good, so I hope to stay. My dad does everything for me. He just told me to work hard on the pitch, which is what I try to do.”
With Wayne Rooney’s absence throughout pre-season and question marks over his long-term future at Old Trafford, Januzaj could potentially wriggle his way into Moyes’ first-team plans this season and have a major part to play as they look to defend their league crown.
“It will maybe be a chance for me to play there, so we will see in the future what will happen. I think it’s a big season for me. Like I said, I’ve tried to impress the manager and try to play regularly. I worked hard last season. I didn’t play in my favourite position, more as a striker, but I think I did well,” Januzaj said.
He is heavily praised for his set pieces and creative spark that makes him such an influential player. He played a key role in Manchester United’s Barclays U21 Premier League triumph last season, especially in the final against Tottenham Hotspur, where they came from two goals behind to secure the trophy.
Januzaj signed for the Red Devils in 2011 from Anderlecht, who have a big history of churning out future stars. Most notably, the Belgian club have produced Romelu Lukaku and Vincent Kompany. This weekend, they gave debuts to Youri Teleman and Frank Acheampong, two youngsters destined for stardom in the European game.
Watch Januzaj’s goal against Kitchee from earlier today below.
- Januzaj on United mission (manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
- Who is Adnan Januzaj? (fergiesgum.com)
- Result: Manchester United put five past Kitchee (sportsmole.co.uk)
- Adnan Januzaj’s man of the match performance for Man United v Singha [Video & GIF] (101greatgoals.com)
- Januzaj not keen on loan move (skysports.com)