Adnan Januzaj: Ultimate heir to Ronaldo's legacy at Manchester United?
Manchester United teenager Adnan Januzaj has really caught the eye of everyone around Premier League and his stock has been rising since the pre-season where he impressed both the manager & the players. It is one thing to be talented but only rare exceptional talents find themselves playing with like of Rooney's and the Van Persie's.
After a summer of uncertainty and some mediocre transfer business to say the least, Manchester United manager David Moyes has had to endure a difficult start to his reign at Old Trafford. Despite all that ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’, Moyes’ has continued to put his faith in Januzaj and has jumped to the youngster's defence at every opportunity. In a squad packed with veterans, it was Januzaj who answered the call during Manchester United's darkest hour at the Stadium of Light back in October, scoring twice to spare Moyes' blushes. The inconsistency of Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia has prompted the Scottish manager to turn to the youngster and in all fairness; he has not disappointed him so far.
The teenager blossoming in his first full season in the Premier League scored a wonderful goal after 36 minutes, as he switched feet and finished with an angled shot in to the far corner. If there is one negative aspect about his fairly ‘Young’ career, is his inability to stay on his ‘two feet’. Ok…by continuing Ronaldo’s legacy, I did not meant copying his early career theatrics but to provide the manager with a new dimension on wings, which unfortunately has never been the same since the Portuguese’ departure in the summer of 2009. And, just as Sir Alex Ferguson had to do with Ronaldo, so David Moyes has needed to step in and deliver some words of advice to try and curb a tendency to go down too easily.
"I can only say what I see," said Moyes. "In the previous games he has been getting kicked from pillar to post and the referees have been quite happy to let that go. They have not been too bothered about doing anything about it.
"The boy was wrong with what happened last Saturday and we have told him about it. But we all make one or two mistakes and the boy will learn as he gets older.
"The thing is, when you are getting kicked all the time and folk are lunging into tackles on you, sometimes you have to jump out of the way or you are going to get hurt. I just hope it doesn't take a sore one before people start doing something about it."
Adnan’s rise to prominence is having a significant effect on his teammates as well, as it has given Wayne Rooney the license to roam around and flourish in the number 10 role as the master and creator and as the Premier League’s leading assist maker. Who knows may be we’ll see the boy from Belgium embroiled in country-versus-country row, wearing the famous and vacant 7 number jersey next season or so forth. On a safer note, it is worth mentioning that like Ronaldo, Januzaj has got everything in him to go on and become a club legend. Only injuries can derail his career.
From the time of the early 90’s, club’s academy has really produced some top talents and fans will be hoping for more. If Januzaj wasn’t enough for Manchester United fans, there’s a new Adnan Januzaj on the block by the name of Andreas Pereira who scored a screamer for United’s Under-18 team during their 2-0 FA Youth Cup victory at Burnley. But for now, United fans will settle for the teen prodigy.
It hasn’t taken long for Adnan Januzaj to get his own song:
“I want to tell you, I might as well do; About a boy who can do anything.
He comes from Belgium, His name is Adnan, Januzaj! Januzaj!”
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