Manchester United may have lost a young star in Paul Pogba, but they may well have another big star in the making.

Adnan Januzaj, an 18-year-old boy eligible to play for Belgium, Albania, Kosovo and Serbia, and has impressed during pre-season and also when given his chance in the first-team.

Januzaj shot to prominence in the club's youth team, with Sir Alex Ferguson predicting big things - if he stays focus and continues to work hard.

He was included in the squad for Ferguson's final match as a manager against West Brom but he didn't feature. The following day, he was involved in the Under-21's showdown against Tottenham, which the young Red Devils won 3-2.

Ferguson was negotiating a new contract for the 18-year-old but his retirement meant that talks had stalled.

Januzaj was taken on the pre-season tour of the Far East and he showed the reason Ferguson had suggested he can be a real star.

He was by far United's best player, showing great skill and composure on the ball, excellent range of passing, intelligence and with an eye for a killer pass.

Januzaj was named man of the match in Rio Ferdinand's testimonial in a 3-1 defeat to Sevilla. It was at this moment that the fans at Old Trafford believed they were watching a new star.

He dazzled the crowd against some seasoned La Liga players, showing extreme confidence on the ball much like the days when Cristiano Ronaldo used to wear the famous red jersey in Manchester.

In his first start as a Manchester United first-team player, the 18-year-old scored two brilliant goals, leading his team to victory at the Stadium of Light.

It was a hard fought game and the winning goal was fitting to win any fixture. The temperament, ability and calmness showed by Januzaj is very rare for players of his age, especially playing for such a big club like Man United, where he is surrounded by some of the biggest names in world football.

However, it is very critical that he doesn't get carried away and continues to work hard and retain his spot in the team for a very long time.

He is also in the middle of contract negotiations as his current deal expires next summer. It is critical that David Moyes and Ed Woodward do all they can to keep him at the club.

He wants first-team football and you can bet he'll get it if he continues performing like he did last Saturday - but will it be at United?

Reports in the media suggest he has been offered £60,000 per week by the Red Devils as they try to fend off interest from Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester City.

Januzaj had asked for a new contract to stay at Old Trafford but it is down to the club now to ensure that his future, at least for the next five years, is with United as he could be the next big thing produced by their famous academy.

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