Adnan Januzaj's development and first-team progression has been given the stamp of approval.
Two-goal hero Adnan Januzaj, the difference-maker in Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Premier League depth-dwelling Sunderland, has been compared to team-mate Wayne Rooney and fast-rising creative-dribbler Ross Barkley.
'I’ve given a few players their Premier League debuts, Wayne Rooney [and] Ross Barkley, and this lad is certainly [at] the level of those boys,' said David Moyes, as quoted by The Independent.
Januzaj's strikes overturned a disastrous start in the Sunderland match as the reigning league champions conceded an early goal. In the second half, his enthusiasm with the ball at his feet drew talking points while his link-up play with Patrice Evra caused an equaliser in the 55th minute, six minutes prior to a left-footed golazo volley.
'He wouldn’t be amiss in any team,' Moyes continued. 'I’ve watched him every training session and he deserved to start with the way he’s playing, everybody saw that today. Both of his goals were great, and this is a boy of 18-years-old, he’s not even 20 or 21.
'We took him on our pre-season tour and he was terrific, so I knew we had a real talent and he’s just got better since coming back from the tour. He’s a really good boy, very well grounded. Manchester United keep their young players’ feet on the ground and we’ve played him in the reserves recently. You have to work hard for everything you get here, he certainly has and he deserved that performance and deserved to make his debut.'
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