Manchester United: Forget Ronaldo, Januzaj is the future

Adnan Januzaj (low qual)

Adnan Januzaj can become a fantastic player for Premier League champions Manchester United.

Cristiano Ronaldo has finally signed that massive deal at Real Madrid, which pacifies his ego, keeps him happy and unfortunately means that he won’t be coming back to Manchester United.

We’ll never know how he would have done in a second spell at Old Trafford but it’s important for the club and United’s fans to look to the future.

Belgian midfielder Adnan Januzaj made his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace over the weekend and there were several reasons for the club’s fans to be optimistic over what we saw from the 18-year-old.

“I felt great and shocked because I played for about 25 minutes and that was my first game. I think I did some good things but it is only my debut, so I have to keep doing well on the pitch. I appreciate the very good fans,” said the youngster.

The striking feature of Januzaj’s performance was how mature he looked playing in a wider role.

He seemed very comfortable on the ball and made the right decisions in the opponent’s defensive third, which allowed United to retain possession and continue to build pressure over Palace.

Januzaj looks fairly similar to a young Ronaldo in the respect that he has that turn of pace which wingers need, which can really intimidate opposition defenders and out them onto the back foot.

That allowed him to really attack the Palace defence when he had the space to run into and he utilised it well, taking the simple option of playing the ball back to another player when there wasn’t an opportunity to get the ball into the box.

How he develops from this point forward is going to be interesting because there is an awful lot of competition for wide places at the club.

Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young holding the starting positions at the moment but Nani has just signed another huge contract and Wilfried Zaha can’t even get off the bench at the moment.

“Of course, I want more games to play and I hope I will have another chance to play for the first team. If I have the chance then I will give everything for the club,” he added.

The problem now for United is getting him tied down to a long term contract.

His potential is huge and that means several big clubs could be interested in trying to snap him up at the end of the season when his current deal expires at the end of the 2015 season.

That’s something that United simply can’t let happen.

How good do you think he can become?

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