Manchester United is a club renowned for grooming its younger players and bringing them up through the ranks at their academy.
Players such as Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverly have all come through as products of the Manchester United academy, which is considered one of the world’s best at nurturing talented players.
So it is no real surprise that another United youngster is being tipped to make his transition from the youth setup into the first team picture over the next few years. Adnan Januzaj may well be United’s next big academy superstar.
Born in Brusssels, Januzaj was signed from Anderlecht in 2011 as a 16-year-old and was immediately ear-marked for success at United. Primarily a winger capable of playing on the right or left and also behind the striker, Januzaj is a creative force that can provide an extra spark required to unlock tough opposition.
Januzaj is rated very highly by the staff at Old Trafford and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson expects Januzaj to be battling for a first-team spot soon.
"Adnan is a beautifully-balanced player," the Scot told Manutd.com. "He's only 18 and has to grow into his frame but he has good balance, good acceleration and is a very good technical player. He and Nick Powell, of the younger players, are at the top."
Januzaj appreciates been singled out by his manager as a potential Manchester United senior player, but the Belgian is not resting on his laurels - preferring to focus on realising his potential at the club, instead.
He told Inside United: “I came here to do something and focus on my football. I may be in the Under-21s but it’s good to try and get in the first team even when you’re 18 as well. I would love to go on tour with the first team but we’ll see. I have just got to keep going."
Januzaj is rare blend of vision and creativity, who is capable of playing at the highest level for Manchester United and has a contract that runs until 2015.
United fans would love to see him displaying his tantalising skills in the Premier League for the club. He is definitely one to watch out for in the future.
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