Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Red Devils starlet Adnan Januzaj.
Januzaj, who has signed a new five-year deal at Old Trafford, has been in outstanding form for Manchester United this season.
He was particularly impressive during United’s slender 2-1 win over Sunderland, where he scored two crucial goals on his first Premier League start to give David Moyes’ side the three points.
And Ferdinand, speaking to United Review, believes Januzaj can become a top player if he continues to work hard in training.
"There have been positives about this season with the best one of those being the emerging talent of Adnan," said Ferdinand.
"We saw how well he did in pre-season and he’s taken that into the season and when he’s had his opportunities for the first team he’s done really, really well. Even if he hadn’t have scored [at Sunderland] it would have gone down as a very good performance.”
Ferdinand believes Januzaj is at the perfect club to continue his rise to stardom as United’s senior players and management team will not let the 18-year starlet get ‘carried’ away.
"The manager and the lads at the club won’t let him get carried away with anything and will make sure he keeps his feet on the ground," added Ferdinand.
"He’s a really good lad and he wants to be a top player, that’s the most important thing. But he knows he has to work hard to achieve his dreams.
"The best advice I can give him is just to work hard and not let anything get in the way of becoming a top player. He’s got natural ability which is something a lot of kids have and rely on to get them where they want to go.
“But you can’t just rely on that – you have to work hard and make the right decisions, especially in the early part of your career and make training the be all and end all of your life."
Ferdinand, who has shaken off a minor groin injury, and Januzaj are both likely to start Manchester United’s game against Southampton on Saturday.
The match at Old Trafford is the first of four consecutive home games for Moyes’ side.
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