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Adnan Januzaj primed to break into Manchester United first team

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The Manchester United youngster is believed to be capable of breaking into the senior side this season.

During an at times contentious opening seven weeks as gaffer at Old Trafford, Adnan Januzaj has been one of the star points for new boss David Moyes.

The ex-Everton manager has been left a diamond by Sir Alex Ferguson, who noted the Belgian youngster at Anderlecht as a 16 year old.

The left winger has obviously impressed the new boss in his initial time at the club, awarding Januzaj a role in pre-season matches and in the Community Shield against Wigan, taking to the pitch as a substitute. The youngster winning his first medal as a senior player.

United fans are feeling the frustrations at the lack of movement in the transfer market so far, inept attempts at signing Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara only to be rebuffed, true or not by the club, a marquee signing is yet to arrive.

Moyes said on the 18-year-old youngster:  "He's a very confident boy, he's done well in pre-season. He has played as a centre forward, he can play behind the front man, he can play off the side."

"I came in and I was told he was a promising boy. We took him on tour and he's done well. I think he's been selected for Belgium and he's got a lot of potential. He's young and like Wilfried Zaha, we'll try to bring them on and give them opportunities."

Moyes further elaborated on the United youth policy, "Manchester United have always been looking to bring on their own players and hopefully he's another one."

Januzaj's sparkling stand-out performances won the youngster the coveted award the Reserve Team Player of the Year in the last Under-21s campaign.

Sir Alex Ferguson with the United scouts research identified the Belgium gem, has stated: "Adnan is a beautifully balanced player, he's only 18 and still to grow into his frame. But he has good balance acceleration and he's a very good technical player."

It is quite apt that the iconic boss Sir Alex Ferguson should have left the football club with yet another truly great prospect to roll of the United academy production line, having produced stars like David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs over the years.

As we know however Sir Alex was not faultless in his final years at Manchester United, watching several academy prospects vanish from the opportunity to establish themselves in the senior squad or close to the huge stage.

Frenchman Paul Pogba took flight to Juventus, Fryers detoured by Belgium to White Hart Lane, and bad boy Ravel Morrison was transferred to West Ham United to be loaned again to Birmingham City immediately, to return to the Hammers this season. All three United starlets were tipped by United pundits of youth knowledge, to be bright futures at Old Trafford. 

The youngster Januzaj however is the latest disciple from the famed United academy system, and Sir Alex Ferguson made sure we were left in no doubt about his potential by listing the young Belgium player on the subs bench for his last ever game in charge at West Bromwich Albion, which was a shoot-out, 5-5 in cavalier kamikaze fashion, United of old you score one; we score one.

If not for the craziness of the day, Adnan Januzaj probably would have made his league appearance at the Hawthorns to capitalise on a great season in the United Under-21s, 2012/13 campaign.

Having made a serious statement of intent, in pre-season, the youngster has stated that he would rather battle for his starts in the team than gain more experience at other clubs.

"My target for the season is to try to get some games for the first team, I've not spoken to the manager about it yet, but I would prefer to do that rather than go out on loan. That is what I came here for. Everyone wants to play for Manchester United."

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