David Moyes has had little to savour since his ascension to the Manchester United throne, but the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson should be afforded credit for the emergence of the club's next potential icon.
Adnan Januzaj is being heralded as they next player destined to reach superstar status at Old Trafford and, although Moyes played no part in the formation of his talent, the Scot is certainly responsible for his rise to prominence.
The 18-year-old has been managed expertly by Moyes so far, with the manager precisely picking encounters where it would be suitable to use Januzaj, harnessing his skills rather than risking over exposure.
Januzaj was identified by Moyes right from the outset of pre-season as a player capable of having a significant impact for Manchester United this term, and the young midfielder was highly impressive while on tour with the club.
So composed were his performances during the summer months, Januzaj was rewarded with a brief substitute appearance in the Community Shield victory over Wigan and Wembley and, after this, the temptation would have been there for Moyes to include him more frequently.
However, Januzaj had to wait over a month before he was granted the opportunity to play for the first-team again, with the player used as a sub against Crystal Palace, and his role has since been gradually increased.
Moyes has been keen to keep Januzaj available to the club's under-21s, and the frequent inclusion alongside his peers has surely been a key factor in the player's progression.
Januzaj, level-headed though he seems, has not been able to become assured of a place in the senior squad, and has been made to earn his place by continuing to demonstrate his capabilities both in training and for the under-21s.
A fine performance and wonderful goal against Bolton last Monday resulted in the prize of a first Premier League start, and served as evidence of Moyes being willing to reward Januzaj for his endeavours in the youth ranks.
Moyes' strategy with Januzaj has been perfect so far and the well-planned management of his workload will allow the player to achieve his exceptional potential. Praise for Moyes has been a rarity during his brief reign at Old Trafford, so let's give credit when it is due.
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