Is Januzaj setting himself up for a fall at United?

The 18-year-old already has substantial pressure on him to be a star at Old Trafford, but has claimed that he wants to be the best in the world.

Manchester United fans can breath easily after teenage wonderkid Adnan Januzaj has spoken of his desire to stay at the club.

The 18-year-old has shot to immediate superstardom after netting two goals for the Red Devils in his first Premier League start against Sunderland.

The Old Trafford faithful had feared that the Belgian-born winger could follow in the footsteps of Paul Pogba and leave the club once breaking into the first team.

However, Januzaj has said he wants to stay at United and has lofty personal ambitions.

"I am happy at Manchester United and I want to commit myself 100 per cent in every game to do my best, he told Kosovo’s KTV.

"I want to help Manchester United win the Premier League and become the best player in the world."

Despite the fact that Januzaj has only been played 144 minutes of Premier League football in his fledgling career, the teenager is being heralded as the next great star.

The media have stated that the 18-year-old is the man to inject the required energy and skill to a United side that has looked mediocre since David Moyes’ arrival.

The United fans have high hopes that Januzaj can be the next Cristiano Ronaldo, and can help the Manchester club to compete for the Champions League crown once more.

A number of nations are ready to fight for his international allegiance, with rumblings that even England are eager for the youngster to opt to play for the Three Lions through residency laws.

Already, despite not even racking up the minutes to equal three halves of Premier League football, the expectation on Januzaj’s young shoulders is monumental.

With things able to spiral out of control very quickly, a large dose of realism is needed here. Yes, Januzaj looks like a mercurial talent that could well be a star in the future, but so have many before him. Federico Macheda was heralded as the next Cantona – his last loan club? Doncaster Rovers.

Moyes has spoken of Januzaj being grounded and level-headed, but there is a danger that the youngster may start to believe his own press reports and that instant fame could become too much.

Statements like ‘I want to be the best in the world’ could well come back to haunt Januzaj.

For the time being, with three international-calibre wingers, an England under-21 star and even maybe Danny Welbeck fighting it out against him for two wide positions in Moyes’ team, his comments should lean towards getting a game for United, not being the best player on the planet.

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