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Adnan Januzaj: Manchester United's next No.7?

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It can certainly be argued that shirt numbers given to football stars don't really mean anything - however, there is something extremely iconic about the No.7 shirt at Manchester United. 

In the past, the likes of George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo have worn the famous shirt and made it their own. 

So, who better to be the next famous No.7 than the Red Devils' latest hero, Adnan Januzaj?

The Belgian-born youngster was part of Sir Alex Ferguson's final ever league squad on the final day of last season, but this past weekend, after being handed his first Premier League start, Januzaj really announced himself. 

When his side needed him most, the 18-year-old took charge and turned defeat into victory for David Moyes' side.

Not since Cristiano Ronaldo took the pitch for the fist time at Old Trafford, has a United teenager looked so at home for the Red Devils. Of course there was Federico Macheda's brilliance a few years back, but this performance from Januzaj was not just about a goal. 

But now, with the game against Sunderland in the past, the attention has turned to the starlet's Old Trafford future. 

United have yet to secure his services for the long-term, but as they prepare to offer the starlet a new deal, they should also look at handing him something else. 

The No.7 shirt. 

You have to be a special player to make that shirt your own, and Januzaj is special - he has the talent to become the next United legend. 

Arguments will certainly be made that he has only starred in one game and he must continue to prove himself. 

And, this may well be true, but one game was all Januzaj needed to prove his worth. 

On the pitch he was outstanding: he was a goal threat, a link between the midfield and the attack, he held no fear, he was great on the ball and most importantly he took it all in his stride.

He looked calm and mature - even at the final whistle, when the game was won, he was pleased, but he looked focussed and aware that their will be greater challenges ahead. 

Last season, Antonio Valencia gave back the No.7 shirt as it seemed a weight on his shoulders. 

But, if Januzaj was to be given it, he would thrive with all that it brings. Moyes should offer him the shirt - along with a new deal - and the youngster can start making his own history.

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