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Manchester United lifted by Januzaj - Giggs

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Januzaj has impressed at United this season (©GettyImages)
Januzaj has impressed at United this season (©GettyImages).

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs says the Red Devils have been lifted by the recent performances of 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj.

The Belgium-born winger burst onto the scene with a sublime brace against Sunderland earlier this month, and recently ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year deal with the reigning Premier League champions.

Giggs has been encouraged by the youngster's displays - although the current player-coach has been around for long enough to know that he will inevitably experience lows as well as highs.

"Adnan is doing okay at the moment," Giggs told PA Sport. "The advice comes when things aren't going well for him. Young players have dips in form. That is inevitable. You just let him do what he is doing and enjoy it because everyone is enjoying seeing him progress and seeing what he has done in the last couple of games."

Giggs, who has made more appearances for Manchester United than any other player in history, still remembers coming through the youth ranks at Old Trafford himself.

The Welshman added: "What I got told was just to carry on doing what I had been doing in the youth team and for the reserves. That is why you are in the first team. To be fair, Adnan is a great lad. He wants to learn. He wants to get better. He wants to improve.

"That is great to see. He is a talent. As far as I am concerned he is at the right place. Hopefully we can see that talent develop. Having his future settled will help him.

"He is enjoying being around the lads. He has enjoyed learning and training with the first team, just like I did at the same age. You learn so much. It is great for the other players to see someone like that. It gives you a lift as well."

Giggs and Januzaj are next in action against Stoke City at Old Trafford tomorrow afternoon.

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