Manchester United starlet compared to Rooney

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Manchester United manager David Moyes believes 18-year-old attacking midfielder Adnan Januzaj is of similar quality to star striker Wayne Rooney.

Belgium-born Januzaj has starred for the Red Devils since making his first-team debut at the start of the season - and Moyes sees comparisons with Rooney, who was coached as a youngster by the current United boss during his formative years at Everton.

"Adnan is in Wayne's category. He's in that territory, definitely, because of his ability," Moyes told reporters after Saturday's 2-0 victory over Swansea City.

"But he's slightly different. He's a really calm boy, he looks after himself in a great way. His father has really helped him a lot and because of that he's steeped in football. He works and he lives for it.

"He practices every day and has that little bit of arrogance all top players have in their own way. They want to do something special. They want to take a player on. They want to try something."

Moyes confessed that he didn't know too much about the left-footed playmaker before he arrived at Old Trafford in the summer, but insists he witnessed something special as soon as he saw him in action last summer.

"I'd known a bit about him, he had been mentioned to me, but I didn't know enough about him," the United boss added.

"But the minute we got him away with us in pre-season we knew right away there was something there. He can play off the left, he can play off the right. He's a No. 10 and he's played centre-forward. He's that talented a player.

"We want to try and get him on the ball. But we don't want to play him too much because of his age."

Despite his tender age, Januzaj has stood up to be counted in the absence of Robin van Persie and the aforementioned Rooney in recent weeks.

He has scored three goals in 15 Premier League matches - and was even nominated for the BBC's Young Sports Personality of the Year award in December.

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