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Adnan Januzaj: Destined for greatness?

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Manchester United's youth production is arguably one of the best in the world, bringing stars such as Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Gary Neville through the youth system and turning them into some of the biggest names in the history of the game. 

There have been many pretenders and wasted talents go through the very same system, such as Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison. However, a current Belgian 18-year-old that goes by the name of Adnan Januzaj could finally see one of the greatest talents come through the club's academy and emerge as a player that is fully capable of fighting for individual accolades and awards.

Januzaj was found by United in 2011 and was brought in from Belgian side Anderlecht. He was a very highly rated player during his time at Anderlecht and this potential was seen by United's scouting team and a deal was quickly struck between the two clubs.

Januzaj is a very versatile player and has striking similarities to Real Madrid's German international, Mesut Ozil. He can play on either wing, in the middle behind the striker and he has even briefly played as a lone striker.

No matter his position, his skill and quality on the ball is clear for all to see. He is incredibly two-footed and has no issue passing, striking or controlling the ball with either foot. He has a rather slim body but is still so resilient and strong on the ball, pushing larger opponents off of him and retaining possession.

The main thing people will ask is 'how far can Januzaj really go? Will he just go to waste like other prospects at Manchester United like Macheda? The difference, is Moyes. Sir Alex Ferguson always trusted in youth but the timing of Sir Alex's retirement, although it may seem strange to say this, was a good thing for the career of Adnan Januzaj. Why, you ask? Sir Alex had seen it all at United.

Every good youth player was becoming some what of a formality for the great man. However with Moyes, this is his first real glimpse of what  United is all about. Youth. If things go well, Januzaj will rise through his career with Moyes at his side and hopefully enjoy a successful career with the new United boss.

Sound familiar at all? An 18-year-old, left footed talisman that is going to go through his career with his manager at his side? Dare I say it, we could be looking at another Giggs/Fergie partnership here, however this could be so much greater.

Januzaj/Moyes could surpass anything we've seen before. 

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