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Adnan Januzaj must prove his worth against Liverpool

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Manchester United boss David Moyes can take just a handful of positives out of the season so far - with the Premier League champions failing to compete against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City for the title. 

Wayne Rooney's return to form and the fact that he has committed his long-term future to Manchester United, the signing of Chelsea's Juan Mata and Robin van Persie's recent admission that he is happy at Old Trafford are just a few of the plusses from Moyes' first season at the club.

Another huge bonus this season has been the form of Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj. 

Few had heard of the 19-year-old teenager this time last year as Januzaj was making strides in Manchester United's development side - rather than in front of thousands at the Theatre of Dreams. 

Januzaj was named on the substitutes' bench for Sir Alex Ferguson's last ever game in charge of Manchester United. However the Belgium starlet was not given the chance to impress on the final day of the 2012/13 campaign as West Brom upset the odds by claiming a point in an incredible 5-5 draw at the Hawthorns. 

Moyes, on the other hand, decided to promote Januzaj to his first team after he impressed during Manchester United's pre-season tour of Asia. 

Januzaj has shown touches of brilliance and has even saved Manchester United when they looked like they were in trouble - but has the teenager ran out of steam in recent weeks? 

Moyes has often chosen to deploy Januzaj as one of the three players to play behind Robin van Persie in a 4-2-3-1 formation alongside Rooney and Mata. 

Januzaj, whose preferred position is just behind the main striker, has moved ahead of the likes of Ashley Young, Shinji Kagawa and Antonio Valencia because of his energy and ability to create something out of nothing. 

Look at his brace against Sunderland for example. Moyes' side looked to be heading for a shock 1-0 defeat against the Black Cats back in October until Januzaj sealed Manchester United the three points by scoring two second-half goals in the space of six minutes. 

Januzaj has added just one more goal to his tally since his exploits at the Stadium of Light, which is not good enough for a player of his calibre. 

Yes, he is still learning his trade but Moyes needs his wingers to score between eight to 10 goals a season. 

The likes of Eden Hazard, Aaron Ramsey and Steven Gerrard have all scored at least eight goals in the Premier League this season. 

Januzaj gets into good positions but is sometimes unable to find a final pass or get a shot on goal. 

His final product will come with time but Moyes needs his teenage prodigy to replicate the kind of form he showed at the start of the campaign in the final few months of the season. 

Moyes needs results between now and end of the campaign to ensure he is still in charge of Manchester United at the start of the season - starting with Sunday's match against Liverpool at Old Trafford. 

And Manchester United will have a good chance of claiming all three points against their arch-rivals at the weekend if Januzaj, Mata, Rooney and Van Persie are all firing on all cylinders.

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