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Nice thread,

 

Love that he's been given the #11 shirt, he'll do it justice. Really looking forward to seeing how Januzaj develops under a top coach, like van Gaal.

He may have to be patient at the start of this season, due to other players playing a whole pre-season and being at a higher level of fitness, but I've no doubt he can play his way into van Gaal's plans, when he gets his opportunities to shine. Has all the attributes to play in the advanced midfield role, behind the two strikers and I reckon he could be very effective playing up top, as a forward too.

 

A ridiculously talented young footballer we have here, delighted he signed a new contract recently too.

This will be a big season for him and I'm very confident he'll produce the goods on a more consistent basis.

 

Januzaj #11, definitely considering purchasing that new shirt as well.

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Adnan Januzaj

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Youth football is always great to watch. We get to track the growth of the superstars of tomorrow and gush about who we think is destined for the top. Unfortunately the stark reality is that a majority of the reserves and academy players will not go on to be club legends, especially if they belong to a big club. There are notable exceptions but by and large the bigger the club, the harder it is to break into the 1st team. There are however a few players who come along and wow all the interested parties. You just simply know that they’re going to make it. Manchester United’s youngster Adnan Januzaj is one such player.

PROFILE

Adnan Januzaj is an 18 year-old with some serious cultural heritage. Born in Belgium, Januzaj is eligible to play for a variety of countries through his parents and grandparents namely Belgium, Albania, Serbia, Turkey and a yet to be recognized by FIFA, Kosovo. There’s been plenty of talk about him maybe representing England but let’s not waste time discussing that here.

Starting out at FC Brussels, Januzaj was snapped up by Anderlecht at the age of 10. He spent 6 years at the Anderlecht academy before Manchester United came calling. He quickly progressed through the ranks at United and it was last season that he really caught the eye of a lot of United fans.

His good form for the Manchester United Reserves was rewarded by the awarding of the Denzil Haroun Reserve Team Player of the Year (United’s annual award for the best reserve player of the season) and a place on the bench in Sir Alex’s last game against West Brom.

Januzaj had an early chance to impress new manager David Moyes in pre-season and he did just that. Along with Lingard and Zaha, Januzaj showed what he was capable of albeit in the noncompetitive atmosphere of pre-season. Moyes though seemed to have been impressed with what he saw and Januzaj made his League debut against Crystal Palace coming off the bench. This was followed by his 1st start earlier this month against Sunderland;  a memorable one in which United overturned  a 1 goal deficit by virtue of a brace from Januzaj. He recently signed a new 5 year contract with United ending speculation linking him to a move to various clubs including Manchester City and Juventus.

 

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STYLE, STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

Januzaj is a left footed attacking player capable of playing in multiple positions. Although his appearances this season for the 1st team have been mainly limited to the wide areas, he is certainly capable of playing behind the striker in the coveted number 10 role. He is equally comfortable playing as a more conventional winger on the left and as an inverted winger on the right.

 

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Januzaj’s action areas against Sunderland and Southampton viasquawka.com

Let’s start off with his strengths and there are a fair few to enumerate on namely technical ability, vision, awareness and balance on the ball. His style of play is an exciting one which has impressed many a Manchester United fan and more importantly David Moyes. He seems to love taking the ball and running at defenders as shown by the graphic below:

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Januzaj take-ons against Sunderland via squawka.com

He attempted 7 take-ons in the game against Sunderland, 5 of which were successful. This not only portrays his dribbling acumen but also the confidence he exudes on the pitch. After all we are talking about an 18 year old with just 235 minutes of Premier League football under his belt playing for a side under pressure due to a far from scintillating start to the season. Januzaj was thrown into the deep end and thus far he’s passed with flying colours. As the old adage goes, “If you’re good enough, you’re old enoughâ€.

His afore mentioned vision and technical ability team up to make him a dangerous player across the pitch. His knack of picking out balls that could split the best of defences is what enables him to be potent in the number 10 role as was evident in the great through ball he played for Rooney against Southampton which lead to Robin van Persie’s goal.

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Januzaj (circled) plays a through ball to Rooney against Southampton

A trait of Januzaj which sometimes tends to go unnoticed is the burst of acceleration that he possesses in his armoury. The reason is that he isn’t over-reliant on this attribute unlike a few of the other players in his age group. The combination of his pace and ability to float past defenders adds a new dimension to United’s attack making him a difficult player to defend against.

Another striking aspect about the former Anderlecht man is his maturity on the pitch. His confidence has already been touched upon but something that I found to be even more impressive was his footballing brain. Subtle qualities like how he creates space for himself and his use of different angles on the pitch is a joy to behold.

To be likened to David Beckham on the basis of set piece ability is a big deal for any young player. While these comparisons don’t do justice to Beckham’s dead ball ability, they’re a tribute to Januzaj’s standard of delivery.

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Januzaj’s shots attempted against Sunderland via squawka.com

In terms of goals, Januzaj is certainly capable of the spectacular (exhibit A: that volley against Sunderland) and certainly isn’t shy of taking shots on. Despite his brace against Sunderland though, in my opinion his shooting can definitely improve.

Another aspect of his game that needs to improve is his decision making. His dribbling is outstanding but sometimes he tends to try and take on 1 man too many. This is understandable and could be put down to youthful exuberance but to nail a place down in the starting XI, he’ll have to curtail such errors. Picking when to try a high risk, high reward pass and when to hold onto versus when to release the ball are all things that can improve and undoubtedly will given time.

 

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Januzaj’s crossing, or rather lack thereof against Sunderland and Southampton via squawka.com

One thing that I found surprising is that over the course of the 2 league games that he’s featured in, he’s attempted a paltry 2 crosses both of which were unsuccessful. He’s hardly a left winger who’ll hug the touchline throughout the game and whip in ball after ball but given his set piece ability, an increase in the number of crosses could add another dimension to his game.

As you’d expect at 18 years old, his physical development is still not complete. The unforgiving tempo of Premier League games can take a toll on players. Januzaj has visibly tired towards the end of games and Moyes will be aware of the fact that he’ll have to manage him carefully.

 

QUOTES

“He stood out because of his technical skills, his protection of the ball, the fact that he is always standing up, that he has a fantastic sense of the game.â€

- Jean Kinderman, Head of Youth at Anderlecht

“Watching Adnan reminds me of when players like Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards and Eddie Colman were coming through at United. You just know they have huge quality. I’ve seen him a lot for the reserves and he’s always impressed me with his control, movement and skillâ€

- Wilf McGuiness, ex-Manchester United player and manager

“He is an outstanding talent. His balance, poise and ability to beat players is truly exceptional for a boy of his age.â€

- David Moyes, Manchester United manager

 

Source: http://outsideoftheboot.com/2013/10/26/adnan-januzaj-scout-report/

Edited by jokerz

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Still not completely match fit in my opinion. Even though he played in CM looked better than Fletcher or Cleverly in making some plays happen. That's the reason LVG would have played him there... we were missing some creative plays in the middle. There will be instances he will play Maria also there if we sign him.

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This is not going to go down well but.....

 

If you put on the United shirt and you walk on that pitch and it looks like you don't give a shit then you can fuck right off. Simple.

Especially as a teen who is trying to make a name for himself, who has just been given an iconic number.

He should be dropped and not played again for a while. Coming alive in the last 10 minutes when you see the shit has hit the fan is not enough.

I am really disappointed.

 

Perreira and Wilson both showed what Adnan lacked.

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This is not going to go down well but.....

 

If you put on the United shirt and you walk on that pitch and it looks like you don't give a shit then you can fuck right off. Simple.

Especially as a teen who is trying to make a name for himself, who has just been given an iconic number.

He should be dropped and not played again for a while. Coming alive in the last 10 minutes when you see the shit has hit the fan is not enough.

I am really disappointed.

 

Perreira and Wilson both showed what Adnan lacked.

Overreaction much?

 

I guess we should drop all players then and play our next games with zero players

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He was really bad, but let's not forget he was shifted out into the wingback position in the second half. I don't know why people are only criticising the young lads when the experienced players were arguably worse. Hernandez aside, the senior players are getting off lightly.

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I think LvG wanted to try him out as a CM but the results are the same as Kagawa's.

Give him about three months to be converted to a full-fledged flying wingback then.

Something is still not quite right, right?

Good thing is LvG said he might change the formation since we now have our own Robben, Argentinian though.

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What the hell has happened to Adnan Januzaj, late last year he was playing out of this world football but this year he's' had a slow decline all year having less influence on the game and is now just as ordinary as everyone else.

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Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj fears he could be kicked out of Old Trafford exit door

 

Young Belgian who was one of the few positives to come out of the Reds' dismal 2013-14 is worried he may be surplus to Van Gaal's requirements
 
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Shock exit? Despite being handed Giggs' famous No11, Januzaj is concerned for his future

 

Adnan Januzaj has expressed fears over his future as a Manchester United player,writes Dean Jones in the Sunday People.

The Belgium winger emerged as a shining light for the club during David Moyes’ disappointing reign last term and signed a five-year contract in October 2013.

But the 19-year-old now seems concerned about how he fits into boss Louis Van Gaal’s masterplan.

MK Dons players asked him for his shirt after United were thrashed 4-0 in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

But Sunday People Sport has learned that Januzaj refused to hand over his top, saying: “Sorry, I want to keep it, as it might be my last game.â€

He was a sub again in the shock defeat and his surprise statement comes days after Van Gaal was forced to defend his decision to use Januzaj as a holding midfielder against Sunderland.

arrival of British record signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid adds further doubt as to where Januzaj will fit in.

He was sent on for just three minutes against Burnley yesterday after Juan Mata went off injured – and was told at the start of the season that he was only fourth choice No.10.

After Van Gaal sent out a chilling warning on Thursday that he was ready to make radical changes to the side before the transfer deadline, it seems Januzaj could yet be one of those in danger.

 

source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/manchester-united-winger-adnan-januzaj-4136000

Edited by jokerz

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