Wayne Rooney has warned Adnan Januzaj that he may have to bide his time on Manchester United’s substitutes’ bench before becoming a first-team regular.
Januzaj scored two goals in his first Premier League start for the Red Devils against Sunderland and has been a revelation for David Moyes’ side so far this season.
However Rooney, who also burst onto the Premier League scene as a teenager, has told his club teammate that he should not expect to start every game for Manchester United.
Rooney, speaking to MUTV ahead of Manchester United’s game against Southampton, said on the 18-year-old starlet: “You can help, of course you can, from experience you can tell them what to expect.
“Maybe now he might be expecting to play every game, which is not going to happen, but I think he’ll understand that and understand the way he has to come into the team.
“I’m sure he’ll do that and then obviously he has to help himself by performing so it’s a big challenge for him. But we see him every day, he’s got the talent so hopefully he can continue that form for the rest of the season.”
Januzaj has received a lot of media attention since breaking into United’s first team – particularly as he is yet to decide who he is going to represent on the international stage and has just signed a new five-year deal to stay at Old Trafford.
Rooney has also been heavily scrutinised by the press since a young age and has told Januzaj that he may have to adapt his lifestyle.
“It’s a change, I’m sure. Some people enjoy it, some don’t,” added Rooney.
“I don’t know what he’ll feel over it, but I’m sure he’ll get tired of it and he’ll want to be left alone. But it’s great, he deserves that attention for the way he has started the season and certainly for the two goals at Sunderland.”
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