"Before, I used to like the ball and go to the ball and now I have to do another job and that's defending."

- Adnan Januzaj

24/07/2013 16:52, Report by J Tuck & A Marshall
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Adnan eyes success

Exciting prospect Adnan Januzaj took time during his first big summer tour with the Reds to conduct an exclusive interview with ManUtd.com after impressing everybody with some eye-catching performances...

You're only 18 but have already won the Reserves Player of the Year and are one of only three of the Under-21 squad on the tour. Are you surprised by the rapid rise or have you managed to take it all in your stride?
I think I worked hard for it because, the year before last, I was injured and couldn't show what I can do. I tried to show it last year and I just grew up and learned loads of things. Obviously, I have my squad number now and that makes me feel happy and want to work harder.

You have played in a number of different positions but where do you feel most at home?
Well, I try to play every position and try to do my best for the team. Where I like to play is in midfield or an inside winger but, like I said, I'm there on the pitch to work hard and that's what I'm trying to do.

Do you think your best chance of breaking into the first team initially may be on the wing?
Well, not really. I can also play as a No10 behind the striker or a No8 or I can play on the wings as well. Last year, I played striker for the Reserves so I can help the team in each position and try to do my best.

Sir Alex Ferguson clearly thinks highly of you. Did he say anything to you after announcing his retirement?
To work hard. The only thing you can do if you want to play in the first team is work hard, in training and on the pitch. Outside the pitch, you have to be professional. Just to work hard mainly.

Has the way you've developed your game off the ball become a major benefit now you're in the first team on tour?
Before, I used to like the ball and go to the ball and now I have to do another job and that's defending. You know if you want to help the team, you have to do everything on the pitch and that is what I am trying to do.

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