Manchester United have Premier League's best starlet

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There haven't been many positives for Manchester United this season, but one of the few shining lights has been the emergence of Adnan Januzaj.

Little was known about the Belgium-born winger before the start of this season; however, that all changed on October 5, when the 18-year-old announced himself to the world with two superb goals against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

This was a match-winning performance from a player who wasn't even a household name in his own home a few months earlier - and it merely confirmed to David Moyes and the Manchester United players what they already suspected: that they had a very special talent in their ranks.

Several months later and Januzaj is being used on an increasingly regular basis by Moyes, whose debut season in charge of the Red Devils couldn't have gone much worse.

And a series of untimely injuries to key players such as Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney has resulted in Januzaj, who doesn't turn 19 until February, assuming a prominent role in the Manchester United first team.

But rather than buckle under the added responsibility and pressure, Januzaj continues to flourish; he always looks for the ball and never shirks his duties despite the club's current plight. Most youngsters would crumble under such circumstances, but then Januzaj is no ordinary teenager.

On his return to the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night for the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg, the young winger produced another sublime performance and did not deserve to be on the losing side.

His first touch is often perfect, he can play on either flank or in the hole behind the striker, his decision-making is particularly impressive given his tender age and he provides a real goal threat.

On the basis of his performances this season, it's no exaggeration to suggest that Januzaj is currently the Premier League's best young player.

The former Anderlecht youngster is destined for great things in the game - and Moyes deserves credit for convincing him to sign a long-term contract earlier this season.

Even if he has 99 other problems, at least the supremely talented Januzaj isn't one of them.

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