Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj has admitted that although he feels honoured to have been handed Ryan Giggs’ famous No.11 shirt, he is feeling the pressure to perform.
The Daily Express today carries quotes from the prodigal Belgian winger which confirm that he is playing with the strain of living up to the standards set by his mercurial predecessor, having been made his natural heir when Louis van Gaal decided to give him perhaps the most significant number ahead of this season.
Last week it was announced that Januzaj would be playing with the No.11 on his back this campaign, following Giggs’ retirement at the back-end of last season.
Since then there has been concerns voiced by the masses that the youngster could buckle under the weight of expectation and the player himself has done little to quell such predictions.
“It's a big honour for me and my family and I was very happy to have it given to me,” he said.
"Of course you feel pressure because he was a legend in front of me. He had it for more than 20 years so I'm really happy."
Januzaj at United
It makes sense that Van Gaal has given Januzaj the fabled number, given his exciting performances last term. The Belgian international wowed audiences at Old Trafford despite the Red Devils’ bleak season, and enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence as a result.
That being said he now finds himself under pressure to continue his develop, and his position isn’t helped by the fact that United’s campaign is of such importance this season. The former Premier League champions lost 2-1 to Swansea in their opening fixture yesterday, and the pressure will soon mount if things don’t improve.