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Manchester United have a 'top player' in Januzaj

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Manchester United have a 'top player' of the future in Adnan Januzaj, says David Moyes, and the club's manager is delighted they were able to commit the teenager to a new long-term contract.

Januzaj has flourished since being presented his chance in the Red Devils' first-team, and shot to prominence after scoring a match-winning brace against Sunderland on his maiden Premier League start.

He has registered further impressive displays since then, and came off the bench on Saturday to help his side secure a dramatic late victory over Stoke City at Old Trafford.

The 18-year-old's performances have provided Moyes with something to savour in a season of mixed fortunes, and a new long-term contract for the Manchester United teenager could be viewed as the most significant victory of his brief tenure.

Januzaj put pen to paper on a five-year deal last week amid reports he was wanted by other clubs, and Moyes believes this serves as evidence of the ambition Manchester United still have to compete with the best.

"Signing Adnan Januzaj on a new five-year contract at Old Trafford shows the club's willingness to go out and try to sign the best players," Moyes wrote in United Review.

"Young footballers get opportunities to progress here at Manchester United and I have no doubt that, in the future, Adnan will become a top player. He is 18 years old, has good ability, plus maturity beyond his years.

"All aspects of his game will continue to improve the more he plays matches but already he has made important contributions to the team through both making and scoring goals."

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