Last year Manchester United endured what was their worst Premier League season in the club’s history, finishing a disappointing seventh place, whilst breaking all of the wrong records along the way.
One of the few positives that was taken from their extremely poor campaign however was the emergence of Belgian ‘wonderkid’, Adnan Januzaj.
The 20-year-old joined the Red Devils in 2011 for a fee of around £300,000 from Belgian giants Anderlecht, and after impressing youth coaches, earned himself a call up to the senior team in Manchester United’s Community Shield clash with Wigan in August 2013 replacing Robin van Persie as a late substitute.
Januzaj’s Premier League debut came from the bench in the club’s 2-0 defeat of Crystal Palace around a month later, but it was his first start against Sunderland that made all the headlines.
The winger scored twice as United came from behind to seal a 2-1 victory over at The Stadium of Light, spurring then boss David Moyes to suggest that ‘even United’s greats did not begin like him’.
Januzaj made a total of 27 league appearances during the course of the season in which he managed 4 goals and 4 assists.
All signs suggested that Januzaj would push on to become a hugely important player for Manchester United, all up until he was handed the prestigious number 11 shirt at the beginning of the 14/15 campaign.
Rather than taking it in his stride, Januzaj has since been unable to live up to the inevitable comparisons to Ryan Giggs, the best number 11 in Manchester United history, and one of the greatest players the Premier League has ever seen.
The Belgian is yet to score or even provide a single assist in this year’s Premier League campaign, despite his 24 attempts at goal, and his performances have been poor as a whole.
Interestingly, Serie A champions Juventus have been loosely linked with a move for Januzaj in the best, and while football fans alike are always disappointed to see young talent leave, a big-money approach could prove too good to turn down for a Manchester United team currently going through a huge rebuilding phase?