Manchester United’s promising youngster Adnan Januzaj is expected to make his first-team bow before the end of the season.
The Belgian youngster has been handed the number 44 jersey and now looks set to make his first-team debut for the club against Swansea in United’s last home of the season.
Januzaj was signed from Anderlecht in 2011 as a 16-year-old and has risen swiftly through the Manchester United academy to establish himself as a regular for the Under-21s.
Januzaj’s ability and development impressed his coaches so much that he was promoted to the United U21s ahead of schedule and has fared extremely well ever since then.
This latest development comes on the back of Januzaj’s stellar performances for the U21s and, with the title securely wrapped up against Aston Villa, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will take the opportunity to give some of the most promising youngsters at United a chance to impress at the senior level.
Januzaj, along with Nick Powell, was singled out by Ferguson as the best prospects currently playing for the Manchester United reserves.
That was enough to earn him a call-up to the senior side where he’ll be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Ryan Giggs, Nani and Rio Ferdinand to name a few.
The teenager beats defenders with the utmost ease and is capable of taking on his man either on the flanks or straight down the middle. Adept at set-pieces - he has proved his worth with penalties, corners and free-kicks - the Belgian always craves possession but is also learning to show the right attitude towards the less glamorous side of the game. He has made real progress this term.
Considering his fast-tracked progress at the club so far, it could be sooner rather than later before Januzaj is seen as a regular feature for the senior side.
There is a growing buzz about Januzaj and his talents from those that watch him play. A naturally gifted player, he has all the makings of a youngster who can highest level for one of Europe’s top clubs.
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