Anderlecht admit they're 'big losers' over Januzaj

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Belgian giants Anderlecht have conceded they've missed out in a big way when it comes to Manchester United's latest teenage sensation Adnan Januzaj.

The 18-year-old proved to be the match winner for United on his first Premier League start for the club, firing home two goals to seal a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Sunderland.

And Anderlecht academy director Jean Kindermans told Sky Sports News that his club has ultimately lost out on a top talent - even though they thought they got a good deal from United at the time.

"Today we are big losers," Kindermans said. "Adnan was a nice player and technically, very very skilled, very intelligent on the pitch - a hard worker, but a silent worker.

"There are 12, 13, 14-year-olds who have earrings and special hair, but Adnan was a nice quiet boy and when I see him now playing for Man United, he has not changed."

But Kindermans revealed Anderlecht were almost powerless to stop him leaving once United came in for him in 2011.

"If the father decides the son is leaving us, then we have to make the best deal possible," Kindermans continued.

"Three years ago we thought it was a good deal, today we have to say it was a good deal but it isn't anymore!"

The teenage playmaker was United's reserve team player of the year last season and made an impression on the first-team preseason tour.

And he's made the most of his chance under David Moyes so far, although the speculation surrounding his contract situation has sparked fears United could lose him the same way they lost Paul Pogba.

The Premier League champions are reportedly in talks with Januzaj regarding a new contract, while the likes of Barcelona are said to be monitoring developments closely.

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