Manchester United may well have another brace of superstars in the making on their hands…
Two Manchester United wonderkids announced themselves at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening during the club's feel-good 3-1 victory over Hull City, their final match at home for an underwhelming and disappointing season.
Adnan Januzaj had already given the club and it's fans hope for the future as the Belgium attacker thrilled and captivated supporters with a swaggering trickery of the ball at his feet, effective attacks and countless creation of chances (30 in the Premier League to date), yet interim-manager Ryan Giggs may well have unearthed an additional two gems.
Giggs, himself a product of United's famed football academy, handed a debut to James Wilson while also starting teenager Tom Lawrence and both players returned the boss' faith with elite-level performances.
Both players were not overawed by the occasion and Wilson even netted twice, before being brought off to a rapturous applause.
"It's always been the way at United, to give young players a chance," Giggs said on Sky Sports after the win. [Wilson] is a good player, he is exciting. He has trained with us the last couple of days and not looked out of place, and so has Tom.
"It's great to have kids who have been at the club for so long. I think they have all been at the club since they were eight."
The fact that neither Lawrence nor Wilson started their senior career so well and were not burdened by the pressure of making a debut at a top-level football club bears comparison to Januzaj.
Earlier in the season Stretford coach Phil Neville commented on the rise of Januzaj and reflected that the talent, who was awarded reserve team player of the year last year, was promoted into senior training during pre-season and did not shy away from challenges against much more experienced and accomplished footballers.
"He’d wanted the ball, he was brave, he went into a tackle and smashed someone," reminisced Neville to ESPN six months ago. "Some kids are in awe when they are promoted to the first team, they pussyfoot about. Adnan looked like a Man United player."
Judging by the performances last night, Wilson and Lawrence also look the part.