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Manchester United teenager's rise is 'lovely'

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Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has hailed the rapid rise of teenager Adnan Januzaj, and believes the young midfielder has the personality to cope with the demands of his upward trajectory.

Januzaj rose to prominence following a match-winning brace against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light earlier this month, and the 18-year-old has since registered numerous other impressive displays.

These performances earned Januzaj a new long-term contract from his club, and the Belgium-born starlet is now committed to Manchester United for a further five years.

His latest starring role came in the defeat of Norwich City on Tuesday evening, during which David Moyes afforded the player the opportunity to operate in a more central role.

Naturally, Januzaj took to this change like the proverbial duck to water, and his versatility could prove vital for Manchester United as the season progresses.

Lindegaard has certainly been impressed by his teammate, and believes Januzaj has been playing like a Premier League veteran, rather than a rookie.

"I think it's lovely to see how great Adnan is doing," the Dane told MUTV after the win over Norwich.

"He gives hope to the whole United spirit, a young lad coming through from the academy into the first team. He's doing absolutely fantastic. You see what an impact he's had, not just tonight but on other nights as well.

"Adnan is cheeky both on the pitch and off the pitch. He seems very balanced in his personality and that's great to see from an 18-year-old kid. He plays like he's played 200 Premier League games already. I'm just very impressed with him."

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