Just last week Januzaj was awarded a squad number, perhaps with a view to hand him a competitive first team debut before the end of the season. The 18 year old has seen his stock rise with a impressive season in United’s u21 side and is a good bet to be named the Denzil Haroun Reserve Team Player of the Year.
Sir Alex has praised Januzaj before, saying
“Adnan is a beautifully-balanced player.
“He’s only 18 and has to grow into his frame but he he has good balance, good acceleration and is a very good technical player. He and Nick Powell, of the younger players, are at the top.”
And now the United manager insists Januzaj is represents the future of the club in light of some of United’s current crop of stars advancing in age:
“Older players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand may be coming towards the end of their careers, but these younger players are the foundation for the next five or six years, irrespective of the players breaking through, like Adnan Januzaj, the Belgian boy, who’s really looking very good.”
Whilst it is unlikely that Januzaj will feature in Sunday’s game against Chelsea, there is a very good chance that he may at least make the bench for the home game with Swansea or the final game of the season against West Brom.