Despite registering just five starts for Manchester United this term, 19-year-old Adnan Januzaj is a player with the potential to become a household name at Old Trafford.
It was only last season that the Belgian youngster made his competitive debut for the Red Devils against Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield (August 2013), under the management of now-Real Sociedad boss David Moyes, but he has found game time far harder to come by under the stewardship of the formidable Louis van Gaal.
|Position||Team||Appearances||Minutes Played||Goals Scored||Assists||Key Passes|
|Adnan Januzaj||MF||Man Utd||12||525||0||0||10|
The Dutchman rewarded Januzaj with a rare start in United's 3-1 weekend victory over Leicester City, during which he cut an influential figure. His impressive showing against the Foxes will certainly weigh in his favour, and while he is unlikely to expect a regular first team slot in the near future, he is without doubt an integral pillar for the club's future.
Despite still being in his teens, the former Anderlecht prospect has already made 39 appearances for the three-time European champions; a statistic that places him in the same bracket as former club legends Ryan Giggs (56) and Cristiano Ronaldo (51) - the only players to have featured more regularly for United at the same stage in their own careers.
39 - Only Giggs (56) and Ronaldo (51) have played more Premier League games as a teenager for Man Utd than Adnan Januzaj (39). Prospect.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 4, 2015
Ever since being handed his first senior opportunity under Moyes, Januzaj's age and relative inexperience have proven nothing more than background noise to an extremely rapid rise to prominence. The 19-year-old is a player with fantastic potential, and if he opts to remain at Old Trafford and fight for a regular starting berth, there's no doubt he will become a tremendous success story.