The 18-year-old, who was recently nominated for the Young Sports Personality of the Year award, has burst onto the scene under David Moyes this season, and signed a new deal to ward off interest from other clubs – as United looked to avoid another Paul Pogba situation, where the French starlet moved to Juventus.
But in an interview with MUTV, Januzaj said that he always wanted to stay at United, and would be prepared to finish his career with the Red Devils – despite his professional playing days only just under way.
"My first opinion was to sign for Manchester United," Januzaj said. "It was my first choice and I have signed for them. I am happy here. If I could play all my life at Manchester United I would do it for the club."
Whilst Januzaj has predominantly been featuring on the wings for Manchester United, but Januzaj – who has yet to decide who to represent at international level, with Belgium and Albania fighting for his services – admitted that he would like to play as a number 10, which is the role Wayne Rooney currently holds for the Red Devils.
"My best position will be behind the striker as a number 10," he said. "I always used to play there when I was really young. I can also play on the wings and I always do my best. I would do that even if it was at left-back. It is my job. But number 10 is the position I always wanted to play."
With Shinji Kagawa also vying to feature in that role, Januzaj may find his immediate future on the wings, but he is still just 18. By the time he's 23 years old, Rooney will be 33 and probably unable to offer the same all action style that he displays now. He may have to bide his time, but Januzaj's ability at this stage now suggests he will develop into a key player at United – regardless of the position he plays.
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