Brought in from Belgian side Anderlecht at the age of 16 for a nominal fee, he impressed in the United youth ranks with a series of good performances. In Sir Alex Ferguson's final game in charge, a stunning 5-5 draw away to West Brom, Januzaj was named on the subs bench showing what significant progress he had made within the first two years of joining the club. Under Moyes, Januzaj has featured very regularly for the first team since making his senior debut in the Community Shield victory over FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic. Arguably his best performance to date was in the 2-1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. He scored twice in what was his first start for the club, the second a superbly struck left foot volley that found its way into the bottom corner. With his contract due to expire in the summer of 2014, he signed a new 5 year deal at Old Trafford, making sure the fans did not suffer a repeat of the Paul Pogba affair. Pogba was allowed to leave at the end of his contract after refusing to sign a new one after a severe lack of playing time. He moved to Juventus where he does this on a regular basis.
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He has not been a stranger to controversy. Already being labelled a diver by the press regarding some over acting after some challenges, some of which were non-existent in the first place. James Collins of West Ham would agree with that. You have to feel that if he were to become a truly world class player, which he is well capable of becoming, he will have to stamp that part of his game out. David Moyes will surely have a large part to play in that respect of his footballing education.
His international availability is another hot topic. Eligible to play for any one of Kosovo (who currently are only allowed to play international friendlies), Belgium (can he be another member of their so called 'Golden Generation'?) and Albania he certainly has a choice to make. Even England are sniffing around and have enquired about his eligibility through the residency qualification. Whichever National side he chooses to play for will surely be lucky to have Januzaj at their disposal. With Albania, and you could seriously argue England too, he would be able to slot into the first team almost straight away. With Belgium, his place of birth, however it would be a different story. He would have to contend with Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Nacer Chadli, Kevin Mirallas and Kevin De Bruyne for a starting spot on his favoured left wing, or anywhere across the front three attacking midfielders in Marc Wilmots talented international side expected to make good inroads in this summers Rio carnival. Given time, he would surely make his way into the squad with the talent that he possesses.
After the January acquisition of Juan Mata from Chelsea for a club record £37.1million, Januzaj becomes part of an attacking quartet, also featuring Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, that have got United fans at their most excited all season. If the four of those players are allowed to gel and form an understanding, their freedom of movement and skill would be a hassle for even the most battle hardened of John Terry's.
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If Januzaj can continue his impressive progression into the next few seasons, he will almost certainly become one of the best players in the world in his position. Already being talked about as a potential Manchester United legend (should he stick around long enough) he may well take the iconic Number 7 shirt next season. A significant improvement on his current first team number of 44. Many United fans feel that they are leaving the shirt open for a sensational Cristiano Ronaldo Old Trafford return, these fans however, will be severely disappointed following Ronaldo's recent contract extension at the Bernabeu.
The footballing world will watch with anticipation at how Adnan Januzaj will develop in the coming seasons. Will he be the next Ryan Giggs? Only time will tell.