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Van Persie: Januzaj one of the best I've ever seen

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Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie believes Adnan Januzaj is one of the best youngsters he's ever seen.

The Dutch international thinks his United teammate is one of the top one or two young players in the world after Januzaj helped United overturn a one-goal deficit to beat Stoke City 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Van Persie admits Januzaj first caught his eye when the Reserve Team Player of the Year joined up with the first-team squad for preseason training last summer.

The United teenager marked his arrival this season with a match-winning brace against Sunderland, and van Persie thinks his side have a real gem on their hands after Januzaj agreed a new five-year contract.

"Over the years I've seen so many young players, and I can honestly say that of all of them he is right up there in the top one or two," Van Persie told the Manchester Evening News.

"He's a great player. I'm a great fan of his. I thought earlier in preseason that he has something special. He's a special player. He will give United a great bunch of goals and great games.

"He's confident in a good way. He's not too bothered with the whole occasion or the pressure of the games."

And van Persie believes he was similar to Januzaj in many ways when he was back in Holland with Feyenoord as a teenager playing first-team football.

"When I go back 10 years when I was quite young I see similar attributes," Van Persie continued. "I was very confident as well and I see some stuff in him and the choices he makes that I made when I was younger."

But, according to the man himself, Januzaj is not the 'new Van Persie'.

"He's not the new Van Persie, he's the new Adnan," he said. "Everyone is their own player.

"He's a very big talent and he will be looked after by the staff and players here."

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