Januzaj hopes to take over from Di Maria in this role at Manchester United

Adnan Januzaj is hoping to get a chance taking free-kicks for Manchester United.

Belgium took on Iceland in an international friendly last night, winning 3-1 against the talented Scandinavian outfit.

And it was a big game for Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj. The talented teenager has recently been reintroduced into the Manchester United first-team by Louis van Gaal - with an impressive recent performance against Chelsea perhaps the zenith of his achievements this term.

His performances have obviously impressed his national team coach Marc Wilmots, as he handed Januzaj his first start for Belgium yesterday.

The winger put in a decent display, even bagging an assist. He swung in an excellent free-kick which was headed home by Nicolas Lombaerts to give Belgium the lead early on.

For United fans, seeing Januzaj swing in a free kick is a rarity. It is certainly not a job he does with regularity at Old Trafford.

  PositionTeamGoal AssistAccurate CrossAppearancesMins Played
Ángel Di María MF Man Utd 5 22 9 734
Adnan Januzaj MF Man Utd 0 3 9 408

But after the game spoke about his dead-ball ability. He makes it clear he would love the opportunity to take more set-pieces for both club and country. However he also knows he has serious competition:

"I felt good on the field. I played my game and I tried to do my best.

"I have always, from youth teams, taken the set pieces. But there are other very good shooters on the team. It is not clear. There are a lot of very good players. It's like Manchester United, I will have to work for my place. "

Of course he will have to get the idea past £59.7 million signing Angel Di Maria. The Manchester United superstar has been taking most the free-kicks up until now and it would be a big surprise if Januzaj managed to pry that privilege away from him.

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