In a frustrating few weeks following the loss of transfer targets Thiago Alcantarato to Bayern Munich and Kevin Strootman to Roma, there were three shining stars on the horizon for Manchester United during their pre-season tour this year.
These are indeed the three brightest young midfield prospects coming through the Manchester United ranks.
Unfortunately for Nick Powell this year turned out to be a roller-coaster season. After scoring a screamer of a debut goal against Wigan early on the season, the 19-year-old endured a succession of injuries that saw him spend most his days in the physio room.
Should Powell overcome his injuries the Red Devils have a true star on their hands. The 19-year-old is not only mature in terms of his looks but also his style of play. With a commanding presence in midfield, and a fantastic eye for goal, Powell is seen to be a natural successor to recently retired Paul Scholes.
While Powell is no Thiago, he certainly has the potential to go on and make a big name for himself in English football. Powell might just be the answer to a lot of Manchester United fan's prayers in regards to a central-midfield talent.
Adnan Januzaj was plucked from Anderlecht’s famous academy back in 2011; which has seen the likes of Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku and now Adnan Januzaj.
Unless you were an avid fan like me and watched every Manchester United U21 game last season, you probably haven’t heard too much about Manchester United’s No. 44 Adnan Januzaj, but boy is he a raw talent.
Since then he has made his way easily through the United ranks, playing for the U21s aged just 17 and comfortably winning the Reserve Player of the Season this year, being head and shoulders above the rest.
The Belgian is one of the most technically gifted Manchester United youth prospects since the likes of Ravel Morrison and Paul Pogba and someone that fans should be really excited about. With incredible vision, second to none ball control and the ability to play anywhere in midfield, Januzaj is potentially the future of Manchester United, he’s that good.
He also shares the same birthday, February 5, as former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo. Not hinting anything there at all.
Over the years England fans have been used to the disappointment of overhyped players, with the likes of Theo Walcott, Emile Heskey and Gareth Barry to name a few, but in Wilfred Zaha Manchester United have found a true gem.
When Ronaldo graced the pitch for the first time in 2003, people knew he was something special, the kind of player that loved to run at defenders and tear them apart with an abundance of skill, a true Manchester United winger. The same feeling is starting to surround Zaha.
Make no mistake, there were question marks over Sir Alex Ferguson’s thinking over the signing of Zaha but he seems to being living up to the hype so far. After a number of fine starts in this year’s pre-season tour, Manchester United fans may be about to witness the ‘new’ Cristiano Ronaldo grace the green blades of the Old Trafford pitch.
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