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Adnan Januzaj: 10 things you should know

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With Adnan Januzaj having made an immediate impact at Manchester United, GMS Academy member Chris Wyrntre has provided you with the low-down on the Red Devils latest star.

1) The J at the beginning and end of his last name are silent

That's right. The Manchester United office have addressed the issue and have come out and said it's pronounced YAN-uh-zai not Jan-u-zay, which was how many people assumed.

2) He joined Anderlecht at the age of 10

Januzaj joined the Anderlecht youth academy at 10 years of age.

Born and raised in Belgium, he was scouted by Manchester United for performing tricks and skills while at school.

The club went on to sign him for £297,000 shortly after his 16th birthday and are attempting to transform him into a successful no.7 - the early impression is favourable too.

3) He can play for Belgium and Albania - as well as England

Born in Brussels to Albanian parents, Januzaj can play for one of those two countries.

Januzaj is also eligible for Turkey through his grandparents and Serbia if you take into account the disputed homeland of his parents (Kosovo).

He could also be eligible to play for England, if he changes his statute of allegiance by the age of 17.

And with the FA striving to attempt to prevent a talent drain out despite the rules set in place, it could happen, albeit rather unlikely.

4) He's an Aquarian

Not the midfielder that Dider Deschamps likes. He shares February 5 as his birthday with Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

5) This was Sir Alex Ferguson's parting gift

His Premier League debut came with Alex Ferguson's last match - the 5-5 thriller with West Brom.

6) He was voted United's reserve Player of the Year

A landslide victory in fact, which shows how promising this youngster is after a season in which he mixed it up with first-team players.

7) He's the second player to score twice for United on his debut

Ruud van Nistelrooy was the other, who scored two in a 3-2 win against Fulham on the first day of the 2001/02 season.

He went on to score 95 goals in 137 league appearances, which is something to look out for in Januzaj as he bids to emulate that scoring record.

8) He's a contract killer

As soon as SAF left, contract talks between Januzaj and United stalled.

He could follow in the footsteps of Paul Pogba and leave due to limited playing time, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich reported to be circling around the player and ready to make a move.

9) Adnan means 'to stay'

In Arabic origins, the name Adnan means 'to stay', which is good news for United but might not be the best news for England...

The player might not switch allegiance to the Three Lions to represent England internationally, though the FA have not given up in their pursuit of the 18-year-old starlet.

10) He's in line for a massive pay rise

After his stunning display against Sunderland, it's reported that United are to boost his pay packet by 2,900 per cent.

In simple terms, it means he could go from earning £1,000 to £30,000 as United bid to prevent Januzaj from leaving Old Trafford at the end of his season.

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