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Initially he caught the eye in Paul McGuinness' Under-18s, and even an injury in his first season wouldn't halt his progression into the Under-21s team. He showed his broad range of talents in Warren Joyce's side, playing in a variety of roles as an influential component of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League triumph in 2012/13. He was promptly handed the no.44 shirt and earned a place on the first-team bench for Sir Alex Ferguson's final game in charge at West Brom, although he didn't make it onto the field.
New Reds boss David Moyes was well aware of Januzaj's talent on his arrival at Old Trafford, and the Belgian-born youngster was included in his first travelling squad for Tour 2013. Januzaj repaid that faith, scoring his first goal on senior duty (in a friendly) against Kitchee FC in Hong Kong, and he also came off the bench for his competitive United debut against Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield at Wembley in August this year.
An impressive substitute outing against Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League followed, but it was his two-goal display in helping United to victory at Sunderland in October that truly announced his blossoming talent to the wider football world.