David Moyes compares Adnan Januzaj to Wayne Rooney

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David Moyes probably doesn't have too many fans left at Old Trafford after his difficult spell in charge between 2013-14 which lasted less than a season.

However, he has certainly made the most of his remaining contacts at Manchester United this week by signing three of Jose Mourinho's players.

Paddy McNair and Donald Love joined for a combined fee in the region of £5.5 million on Thursday and 24 hours later Adnan Januzaj linked up with his old boss on a season-long loan move.

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Moyes was credited for Januzaj's fine form at the beginning of his Man United career, a level of performance the 21-year-old has struggled to match since Sir Alex Ferguson's successor was dismissed two years ago.

But it is hoped the Sunderland manager can bring the best out of Januzaj once more in the upcoming campaign.

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The ex-Everton boss has always been a huge fan of the young Belgian international and was singing his praises again after announcing the deal to bring him to the Stadium of Light had been completed.

Moyes told the assembled members of the press what he expects from his latest signing, ahead of the Black Cats' opening fixture of the Premier League season against Manchester City.

"I’ve got to get Adnan back to the level he played at two years ago," Moyes said.

"Adnan needs to realise now it’s not everybody else’s fault, it needs to be that he comes and does the business."

"He’ll get plenty of opportunities with us. I believe in him."

Moyes has also recalled how highly he rated Januzaj when he first started working with the midfielder at United's Carrington training ground, even comparing him to Wayne Rooney.

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He added: "I actually thought he was one of the finest young talents I had seen. He would have been up there with Wayne Rooney as a 17/18-year-old so I’m looking forward to getting him here.

"I’m hoping the Sunderland supporters see the real Adnan Januzaj and we’ll give him every opportunity to show that in the coming year."

It really is a make or break campaign for the new Sunderland man.


Failure to make a lasting impression in the north-east will cast even further doubts on his Man United future but should he rediscover the heights that shot him into fame a few years ago, Mourinho will have little choice but to find room for the ace in his first team plans.

Sunderland's clash with Pep Guardiola's Man City will be Moyes' first competitive game in charge of his new club. After failing at both Man United and Real Sociedad, there is more pressure on the 53-year-old to pick up where Sam Allardyce left off towards the end of last season.

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