Adnan Januzaj on following in footsteps of Ryan Giggs

Adnan Januzaj (low qual)

Januzaj was given Giggs' old number 11 shirt at the start of the season.

Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has said he learned a lot from Ryan Giggs and didn't think twice before taking the number 11 shirt at the club, following on from the now United assistant manager.

Januzaj told the club's website: "I was really happy to get the number of such a legend and it was a really big deal for me. I went to the office and they asked me if I wanted the shirt. I wasn’t going to say no! Straight away I said 'of course' and I didn’t have to think about it. It was a 'yes' straight away.

They are certainly big shoes to fill for Januzaj, with Giggs winning an incredible 13 league titles amongst a whole host of other major honours during his playing career at Old Trafford - though the young Belgian will be hoping to get into the United side a lot more, having recently replaced Wayne Rooney in the side during the United's captain suspension in games against West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea.

"It feels different. Things have changed because it is a big responsibility to wear the no.11 shirt and having the number of a legend is really big. Ryan has helped me a lot and is like a godfather. He has told me to work hard on the training pitch and the rest is more personal. We talk about football a lot.

"I learned a lot from him and the experience was great. He was such a good player to watch and is my favourite player of all time at United. Could I imagine playing at 40? Of course, if I am still fit. You never lose your quality, that’s something I learned from him."

The lack of European football this season could perhaps affect the 19-year-old more than most of the other players in the United squad this season, as he is on the fringes of the side that invested heavily in some well-known attacking talent in the summer.

He has made a total of eight appearances in all competitions so far this campaign, mostly from the bench, and when he gets the opportunity to impress Louis van Gaal this season, he is going to need to take it with both hands. Next season, however, we may see more of this promising talent, especially if United return to European competition.

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