05/02/2014 10:45, Report by N Thomas & B Hibbs
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Januzaj: A year to remember

Adnan Januzaj celebrated his 19th birthday early by being named ManUtd.com Player of the Month, as voted by fans around the world – an appropriate accolade not just for his January form but as a measure of his meteoric rise in his first full year as an adult.

In the gallery above (click the main image) we tell the story of his year with 19 great pictures, and below we trace Adnan's steps month by month as he emerged as one of United's brightest young stars...

February 2013 Adnan scores his first United Under-21s goal against Southampton on 2 February, three days short of his 18th birthday. In fact, in eight days he scores twice – netting in the 7-0 Manchester Senior Cup win over Oldham - and sets up another in a 2-2 league draw with Arsenal.

March Despite still being eligible for the U18s, Januzaj is an U21 regular and adapts to a variety of attacking roles: lone striker, winger and no.10. His form hasn't gone unnoticed. "Adnan is a beautifully balanced player," says Sir Alex Ferguson. "He's 18 and still to grow into his frame but he has good balance, good acceleration and is a very technical player."

April Januzaj is proving to be an integral part of Warren Joyce's trophy-chasing U21s and his rise up the ranks carries an air of inevitability. Late in the month, he is handed the no.44 Premier League shirt number and a Reds debut appears imminent.

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