Adnan Januzaj under too much pressure - Pallister

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister has hailed the ability of young winger Adnan Januzaj - but believes the considerable hype could prove to be a hindrance.

Januzaj does not turn 19 until February, but the Belgium-born starlet has been labelled United's next great hope following a series of impressive performances this season.

Since scoring two goals on his Premier League debut against Sunderland, the youngster has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame, but Pallister has urged people to remember that he's still developing as a footballer.

"At Old Trafford and Manchester United, it's quite easy to see these players and all of a sudden, he's the new George Best or the new Ryan Giggs," Pallister was quoted as saying by ITV Sport.

"What I will say is the kid has been fantastic. He has shown maturity beyond his years. He's making a real impact.

"He's fearless, he's not afraid to take the ball in tight situations, he's getting kicked and he gets up and goes back for more and he's got that bit of devilment in him as well, so he has got all the attributes.

"But to heap that kind of pressure on him saying he is going to be this and that, you wouldn't want to do that with the lad."

Januzaj, who has been tipped by United boss David Moyes to eventually become a "No. 10", has made nine appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils this season.

He has earned praise for his mature performances, displaying outstanding composure, technical ability and vision during these early stages of his professional career.

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