Forget Januzaj & 'next Januzaj', United have UK talent ready to excel

British press always ready to praise exceptional young foreigners but there are also English teenagers who have shown great quality.

Because of his hybrid nationality and his recent goal struck during Manchester United's 2-0 FA Youth Cup triumph over Burnley, Andreas Pereira attracted the national sports media spotlight as the Brazilian/Belgium is now seen as 'the next Adnan Januzaj', himself a teenage phenom.

When products of an elite club's academy graduate and then swiftly excel in the senior team, they naturally cause much excitement amongst the coaches, fans and press.

Januzaj has already been thrust into the media glare, intrusive reports into his love-life, ten appearances afforded him by David Moyes; the repayment of which was a stunning brace returned against Sunderland.

Januzaj, at 18, though, is widely regarded to be one to watch due to his dribbling ability and creation of chances. He is accurate with 50% of his shots, 78% of his tackles and 80% of his passes - and, let's not forget, this is now a teenager competing against men, not fellow youngsters like what he would have been used to just nine months ago.

Can Pereira, a creative midfielder just 17-years-old, follow Januzaj into the senior squad?

He has much time to do so and there is little doubt he is a prospect with much potential to realise, but he is not the only one in United's academy.

What about the captain of the academy team? The player who, like Pereira, scored a crowd-pleasing goal against Burnley (video below), but this was lost in the reporting of the next Januzaj.

What about the fleet-footed forward who has the ability to scare the bejeezus out of defenders, who has struck goals all over the world, including a brace against Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Youth League and the player who, according to Nicky Butt, 'has all the attributes to be a top player for this club'...

What about James Wilson?

On MUTV, Butt elaborated: 'We all have high hopes for him. He has phenomenal athleticism. He has good speed and he's a good finisher.'

Having only just turned 18, Wilson has performed incredibly well at all levels of youth football. He scored on his Under-18 debut when he was 15, he has held his own in the UEFA Youth League and is fast becoming accomplished at Under-21 level.

Considering his skill-level, his physical growth in the gym and his adaptability when he graduates through the ranks, it may not be long before Wilson joins Januzaj.

image: © joncandy

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