A club great has spoken out on the impossible pressure that Old Trafford's latest breakout star is under.
It is imperative that the maturing yet exceptional talent of Adnan Januzaj is protected, according to a former Manchester United defensive rock Gary Pallister, who believes that, while the 18-year-old attacker is so technically-adept it belies his age, it is important that comparisons to iconic Old Trafford figures such as Ryan Giggs and George Best are halted because it is piling undue pressure on the Belgian.
'You can't get too excited about him - [even though] it's easy to,' said Pallister, a 48-year-old pundit, to MUTV. 'At Old Trafford and Manchester United, it's quite easy to see these players and all of a sudden, he's the new George Best or the new Ryan Giggs. At a young age like that, you don't want to heap too much pressure on him,' he warned.
'What I will say is the kid has been fantastic. He has shown maturity beyond his years. He's making a real impact. He's fearless, he's not afraid to take the ball in tight situations, he's getting kicked and he gets up and goes back for more and he's got that bit of devilment in him as well, so he has got all the attributes.
'But to heap that kind of pressure on him saying he is going to be this and that, you wouldn't want to do that with the lad. You have got to let him develop in his own time.'
With six Manchester United appearances in the Premier League already banked this season, Januzaj has already amassed extraordinary statistics in those 357 minutes. He has completed 82% of his 158 passes, succeeds in 67% of his tackles, has made seven interceptions, is a magnet for fouls (won 18), has created four chances (one of which became an assist) and has hit the target with 50% of his ten shots (two of which became goals).
Arguably his greatest attribute is something not easily measured by stats as he is able to manipulate the football with ease, makes intelligent runs with and without the ball and puts the fear factor into the opposition when he is mid-dribble.
Pallister concluded by remarking: 'He isn't going to play week in, week out, I don't think, but he's making an impact and he has got everybody at Old Trafford really excited about the future and what he can bring to the team.'
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