The Daily Mail has reported that the dispute could play into the hands of Manchester City, with United’s rivals apparently willing to meet Januzaj’s wage demands. The young Belgian clearly feels that he is a good player, and judging by his good performance on his debut, he undoubtedly has talent.
However, whilst Januzaj has ‘potential’, a lot more work needs to be done before he can become a regular in United’s side. What he should be doing in the meantime is working hard to get some more time on the pitch.
If the Red Devils did lose Januzaj to Manchester City, it would definitely be a blow. However, if Januzaj wants more game time as well as a bigger salary, surely the worst thing he could do is move to City.
How much talent from the academy have City fostered in recent years? Very little by my reckoning.
Micah Richards is the only player from City's squad to have come from the academy, and that was before the club's takeover. Now, with their virtually limitless budget, players are bought in from around the world. Most of these are already well-established stars.
Consequently, if Januzaj were to move to Manchester City, he would find himself not even making the bench. Instead, he may end up in City’s reserve team or youth squad. That would surely be a step backwards for a player who has just broken into the first eleven of the Premier League champions.
Even John Guidetti, who scored 20 goals in 23 games during a loan spell with Feyenoord, cannot get a single minute in the Premier League with City.
What Januzaj needs to do is stop worrying about how much he is getting paid; he is only 18 years old. He instead needs to just work hard in training and take the opportunities that come his way.
He needs to try and emulate any one of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville, and numerous others.
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