Van Gaal's Barcelona statement suggests Januzaj crucial to United

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Louis van Gaal recently gave his backing to Barcelona's appointment of Luis Enrique, but there is an implication for Manchester United youth Adnan Januzaj.

Last month, the British press speculated that one of Louis van Gaal's first acts as Manchester United manager, once he begins in a full-time occupancy following the completion of his responsibilities with Netherlands in the upcoming FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil, will be the instalment of his Oranje captain Robin van Persie as captain of the Old Trafford outfit.

The Daily Mail quote the Dutch coach to have said: "[van Persie] is a fantastic captain. I think you always make a player captain when you have the same morals and philosophy as they do. Not only about football and tactics and what is happening on the pitch but about life as well.

"We click and I think that’s very important. I believe that Van Persie and Van Gaal share the same philosophy."

Honouring van Persie with the armband over Wayne Rooney has been a debating point ever since, with both having their own pros and cons.

For van Persie, he has developed leadership skills from his experiences at Arsenal and on the international circuit, while he has built up a relationship with the incoming manager. 

Rooney, meanwhile, embodies the work-rate that has been a staple of the Stretford club in the modern era.

Both, though, have had their loyalty or commitment to the cause questioned.

'RoovP' are fundamental to the club's present, but there is another exciting player - Adnan Januzaj - who is not only the present but also the future and, while he is not captain material, the Belgium attacker may receive the ultimate Old Trafford tribute as he is no doubt a future recipient of the hallowed number 7 jersey.

The fact that van Gaal has a proven history of nurturing young talent into players now considered all-time footballing greats (think: Dennis Bergkamp and Clarence Seedorf) bodes well for a United who, themselves, have a history of excellence within their academy - from Duncan Edwards and Bobby Charlton, to Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs.

van Gaal is tasked with resurrecting the club and this will be key as, knowing they may well struggle to recruit the top talent as they lack a European platform to compete in, youth development will be crucial in the coming seasons. Players like Andreas Pereira, James Wilson, Tom Lawrence and Januzaj stand to benefit greatly.

The latter, perhaps the most.

Recently, van Gaal commented on Luis Enrique's appointment as Barcelona don: "Luis Enrique was an important player," said the 62-year-old as quoted by MARCA. "He was always the number 10, which for me is the most important position in the Barca system. He scored a lot of goals for Barca. He's a passionate and intelligent person. I think that he was a good choice."

Having bossed Barca, van Gaal understands the history, tradition and culture of the club. Like the Catalans, United, too, are proud about certain things and one of those is the importance - no, cultural significance - of number 7.

It is imperative Januzaj is developed into the next big thing in European football. 

Van Gaal will already understand this and, whatever accolade van Persie or Rooney receive in the next few weeks/months, it will be his work with the slight-framed teenager from Brussels that will ultimately define his time in Stretford.

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