UNITED UNCOVERED

20/12/2013 15:45,

Adnan Januzaj: My football idols

Adnan Januzaj talks about the players who have influenced his football philosophy...

As a kid I always watched the big players and big names and I loved watching Zinedine Zidane, Juan Roman Riquelme and Kaka. It's difficult singling out one player but I looked at those three in particular and liked the way they played. I was a bit young when Zidane helped France win the World Cup in 1998 but I watched him in quite a few games later in his career.

When I was young, I loved football so much and I really enjoyed just watching players. If somebody like Ronaldinho was playing, for instance, everyone wants to see his qualities and knows he can do anything with the ball. And I never just focused on left-footed players because there are some great right-footers as well - Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham for example. I am surrounded by lots of great players here at United and I am learning every day.

Zidane, Riquelme and Kaka are all no.10s and that's the type of player I admire most. I played in the no.10 role against Norwich City in the Capital One Cup game earlier this season and really enjoyed it, but I can also play on the wing and I'm used to playing there. I can play in different positions - I was a centre-forward for the Reserves and I think I did a good job for the team. The first thing is always to work hard for the team, and I did my best.

Most importantly, I have worked hard for my chance. The boss gave me an opportunity to prove myself so I've tried to do my best with it.

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