Manchester United starlet hailed as 'next Ronaldo'

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Former-Manchester United youth team supremo Eric Harrison believes Old Trafford starlet Adnan Januzaj is good enough to become the 'next Cristiano Ronaldo'.

According to the Daily Mail, Harrison believes David Moyes has the next Ronaldo on his books already, amid speculation that the original CR7 could be set for a return to Old Trafford from Real Madrid.

Harrison, 75, oversaw the development of the heralded 'Class of '92' that saw the likes of David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary and Phil Neville graduate from the youth team to Sir Alex Ferguson's first team.

And he thinks Januzaj - who's burst onto the scene this pre-season under Moyes - has the potential to become the next great attacking product from the famed United academy system.

The teenage Belgian was impressive on United's world tour, and looked good during Rio Ferdinand's testimonial defeat to Sevilla.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Harrison said: "Januzaj is outstanding and I think he is similar to Cristiano Ronaldo. He can beat people, and with Wilfried Zaha, I think there is some outstanding quality there."

Januzaj has excited Manchester United fans with his skilful running, powerful shooting and eye for a pass - with inevitable comparisons to former Old Trafford favourite Ronaldo.

And the likenesses don't end there - the two share the same birthday - February 5 - with Barcelona superstar Neymar also born on that same day.

Manchester United have an impressive record when it comes to youth development, with promising starlets often given opportunities to shine in the first-team.

Along with Januzaj, Jesse Lingard has also impressed and worked his way into Moyes's first-team plans for the season ahead.

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