Ashley Young has been a major disappointment throughout his Manchester United career.
Since he has joined the club he has not been able to prove that he is worthy of playing for the Premier League champions.
Adnan Januzaj, on the other hand, is a talented young player who is capable of great things, provided he is given the chance to play regularly.
Ashley Young is 28-years-old, which means he is at his peak, however his recent performances are inconsistent and have not been impressive.
In contrast Januzaj is still only 18 and is an exciting prospect for the future. He impressed last season in winning the Reserve Team Player of the Year for Manchester United and has also shown glimpses of his brilliance in the pre-season games.
The 18-year-old Belgian sensation recently made his Premier League debut when he came on in the 68th minute for Ashley Young in United’s game against Crystal Palace, making a huge impact.
Although he did not score, he managed to create a lot of problems for the Crystal Palace defence with his smart runs and dribbling ability.
He was a nightmare for the Palace defenders on the left side of midfield and always looked threatening. He even won the free-kick which was eventually converted by Wayne Rooney to make it 2-0.
Later on we saw an excellent pass from the youngster to set up Rooney although the striker uncharacteristically missed the target while attempting a chip.
Although Ashley Young controversially earned a crucial penalty that was converted by Robin van Persie, Manchester United seemed to be a better team with Januzaj on the field rather than Young.
Along with Young, Valencia hasn’t looked great this season while Nani seems to be struggling to get into the first team, making only one appearance so far. This should be the perfect opportunity for Januzaj to stake his claim on a first team spot after an impressive performance this weekend.
Most recently Manchester United lost Paul Pogba to Juventus because the young Frenchman did not get enough game time at Old Trafford.
It has proved to be a costly error on the part of United to let Pogba leave as he has shown that he is one of the best young players in the world during his stint with the Italian champions and has already gained three caps for France at the tender age of 20.
Januzaj’s contract runs out at the end of the season and he is yet to sign an extension on the deal.
Obviously he will be looking for assured game time otherwise his talents will be wasted. The likes of Manchester City have already expressed their interest in the Belgian and there will be plenty of options for the talented forward if he does leave for free at the end of this campaign.
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