Which Belgium teenager has greater potential - Januzaj or Origi?

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Manchester United and Liverpool both have rosters blessed by a 19-year-old Belgium international - but whose star will end up shining brightest?

Who will win the race to realise their potential first - Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United, or Divock Origi, of Liverpool?

If one had been asked this question throughout last season, then laughter may have been the response, however, fast forward one year and the answer may not necessarily be an instant 'Adnan'.

The precocious attack-minded midfielder burst onto the top tier of the British football scene last term as he scored both goals in a 2-1 triumph over Sunderland in what was his first ever start at senior level.

Then Manchester United manager David Moyes entrusted Januzaj with a number of first-team opportunities and the player returned an 82% passing accuracy, produced 31 clear goal-scoring opportunities, three assists and four goals from 15 Premier League starts and a dozen appearances from the bench.

He will be lucky to receive the same amount of pitch-time this year.

Yes; this year, his development has been stifled as Louis van Gaal - a player renowned for his faith in youth in a creed that aligned with the spirit of Sir Alex Ferguson - has overseen an aggressive transfer policy that has seen clear elite-level talent arrive, likely in place of him.

The money spent on Angel di Maria suggests he is a lock for a weekly spot in the starting XI, but with Juan Mata waiting in the wings, Januzaj may be lucky to come off the bench in any game of meaning.

By the season's end, he will have lost his hype.

Liverpool's bright-spark Divock Origi is going though an experience that is a contrast in nature to Januzaj.

While Adnan may be stuttering as he struggles to break his way in to the line-up at Old Trafford, Origi is excelling at club-level having been purchased by Liverpool earlier in the summer.

With primary strike weapon Daniel Sturridge firing on all cylinders, back-up option Rickie Lambert and even the introduction of Italy international Mario Balotelli, Origi was unlikely to take over the goal-scoring duty with any immediacy - and so he was loaned back to his former club, Lille.

With an exquisite World Cup behind him and a terrific international platform to build on with Belgium, Origi - if he continues at this current rate - will be giving Brendan Rodgers, a man who has no problem nurturing youth, selection problems next year.

Because of their differing fortunes at the moment, it is clear that right now, Origi is the hottest prospect in Belgium football. To restore the hype Januzaj once had, the Manchester United star has a tough, upward ride ahead of him…

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