Youth development is integral to Manchester United's past, present and future. Each month we shine a light on the U21s and U18s. First in our youth profiles is Adnan Januzaj...
Position Attacking midfielder
Profile Januzaj was snapped up as a 16-year-old from Anderlecht and, after the red tape surrounding his signing was unravelled, he made an instant impact in Paul McGuinness’ Academy team. Injury cut short his first season but he was still promoted, ahead of schedule, to the Under-21s and has emerged as a key attacking force this year.
Style The teenager glides past defenders with ease and is capable of beating his man either on the flanks or straight down the middle. Adept at set-pieces - he has proved his worth with penalties, corners and free-kicks - the Belgian always craves possession but is also learning to show the right attitude towards the less glamorous side of the game. He has made real progress this term.
Quoted “I really like to play with the ball at my feet. It is more my type of play than defending. I take the set-pieces as well and always try to deliver the best ball I can and do something for the team to help my team-mates.” – Adnan Januzaj, April 2013.
Moment Playing at The Hawthorns in a tight match against West Brom’s Under-21s, Januzaj showed flair, imagination and acceleration to tee up Sean McGinty for the goal that broke the deadlock.
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