Last weekend, Manchester United eked out a hard fought victory against Sunderland in the Premier League.

While United's performance was far from impressive, 18-year-old Adnan Janujaz emerged with two extremely well taken goals in quick succession to hand the defending champions all three points on the night.

Only hours since, fans and critics are already looking at the young Belgian as one of the top wingers in Europe in the coming years.

How far Janujaz can progress remains to be seen, but let's take a look at five of the best wingers who have already established themselves in Europe at present:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Hardly any surprise that the 28-year-old Portuguese attacker tops the list. Ever since his €15m switch to Manchester United in 2003, Ronaldo has gone from strength, becoming a veritable goal machine.

Aside from his multiple awards and nominations both at an individual and club level, the superstar winger's quick feet have succeeded in embarrassing even the most proven of defenders.

With over a goal a game average for Real Madrid, Ronaldo has shown a consistency that can only be matched by a rare few, along with the ability to adapt to both the English and Spanish leagues with apparent ease.

A sheer testament to his quality? As George Best puts it: "There have been a few players described as the new George Best over the years, but this is the first time it's been a compliment to me."

2. Franck Ribery

The 30-year-old Frenchman may be getting a bit long in the tooth, especially as a winger. Or so you would think.

Franck Ribery, along with Bayern Munich, had his most successful season on both an individual as well as club level that season, winning almost every competition they entered.\

Ribery himself picked up the UEFA Player of the Year award for his dazzling performances, and has shown no signs of slowing down since then.

Still tormenting opposition defences at will, expect a lot more to come from the small Frenchman.

3. Neymar

After making the world wait what seemed like an eternity, Neymar finally made his move to a major European power this season.

Despite being courted closely by Chelsea and Manchester City, the 21-year-old youngster from Santos signed a blockbuster deal with Barcelona, who shelled out approximately €57m for the services of the young Brazilian. 

For those who witnessed it, Neymar's performances in the Confederations Cup were more than enough to prove to everyone that he is indeed ready to take on the world's footballing powerhouses in a major way, and certainly makes for a fresh addition to this year's Champions League.

4. Arjen Robben

The second of Bayern Munich's wing players also makes it into our list. "The flying Dutchman" has had an expansive career, playing and winning top honours at PSV, Chelsea and Real Madrid before making his move to Germany.

However, statistics show that Robben truly hit a high point in his career after his move to Bayern, where his game-time and goal output both increased several yimrd.

With the players around him, and his own technical ability, don't be surprised if Robben remains among the top footballers in Europe for some time to come.

5. Marco Reus

The inclusion of this young Dortmund star on the list was a choice that I feel was, though many may argue otherwise, a certain one.

Reus played for Dortmund through his youth career, and after excursions to other German clubs, was snapped up by them again following a successful stint at Borussia Monchengladbach.

He was named German Footballer of the Year in 2012. On an international level, Reus is now an integral member of the German side, and is also their top goalscorer in the Qualifiers as of today.

His style of play is far more direct than many other players, which is often the reason that he is so constantly able to unsettle defences, dancing past multiple defenders seemingly with ease.

His expertise in dead ball situations however, adds another dimension to his game, and makes him a real goal threat.

Reus's performances against Real Madrid in last season's Champions League show that he has the ability to perform against the bigger teams as well, and at the current rate, he certainly has the potential to be one of the best, if not the best in his position given a few more years.

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#UEFA Champions League
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#Bundesliga
#Arjen Robben
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