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Januzaj capable of 'great things', says fellow United starlet

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones is the latest in a long line of people to talk up team-mate Adnan Januzaj, claiming the teenage playmaker can do "great things", according to the club's official website.

18-year-old Januzaj has been a beacon of light so far in an underwhelming season for the Red Devils. He scored twice on his full Premier League debut against Sunderland to give David Moyes a much-needed tonic, and was also involved in the build-up to Robin van Persie's strike against Southampton on Saturday.

Speaking of his colleague, who last week signed a five-year contract to commit his future to United, Jones said: "He’s a terrific talent and it’s an old cliché but as long as he keeps his head down, he can do great things for the club."

"There’s massive pressure on him and he’s only a young kid but it’s testament to him that he’s come in and done a great job."

Januzaj followed up his brace against Sunderland with another man-of-the-match performance against the Saints, but Adam Lallana's late leveller meant the youngster's efforts were in vain as the south coast side claimed a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. 

Jones admitted that the goal was a poor one to concede and that the game should have been killed off earlier. 

"It was a frustrating draw," the versatile defender admitted.

"We won at Sunderland and really wanted to kick on from that so, although we’ve not lost the game, we’re still disappointed.

"I thought we did alright in parts of the game but we probably should have scored more and it was a sloppy goal to concede at the end."

United will look to the Champions League for a welcome distraction on Wednesday, when they host Real Sociedad. 

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