Manchester United and manager David Moyes have been under tremendous pressure as of late, with their worst start ever in the English Premier League era. Moyes has been on the hot seat and seemed stressed out, lacking the wits to cope with the other top clubs in the English Premier League. Rumors have been murmured around England that if Moyes kept up this torrid start to his first campaign, the return of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson would be inevitable.
Ferguson quickly shut down those rumors, as he publicly stated he would not be returning to Manchester United or any other club in a managerial capacity. It seemed time for Moyes to shake it up a bit; with so many world-class and International players at his disposal not getting the job done so far in the Premiership this season, it was time to look for inspiration somewhere else. Most thought it would be Wilfred Zaha, the super talented and exciting Under-21 England International, but we were all wrong.
Nonetheless, Moyes received inspiration from a youngster by the name of Adnan Januzaj, an 18-year-old Belgian who came to the Red Devils in 2011 from Belgian side Anderlecht at age 16. Januzaj has shown signs of brilliance throughout his time at Old Trafford, winning the reserve team player of the year award, as well as showing remarkable qualities in United teammate Rio Ferdinand’s Testimonial game. Out of options, Moyes gave the young Belgian his first career English Premier League start against Sunderland at the weekend and Januzaj didn’t disappoint, bagging a brace at the Stadium of Light.
The Young Belgian starlet has shown pace, trickery and awareness, going about the attacking third of the pitch effortlessly. Januzaj has shown the dribbling ability and appetite to take players on in one-on-one situations and the remarkable ability to strike the ball accurately with both feet into the back of the net. His performance has definitely earned him another look in Moyes’ starting lineup. Maybe Januzaj can become the catalyst that leads United back to the top of the Premier League table and into a Champions League final.
Although Januzaj was born in Belgium, he is eligible to play for quite a few countries. It will be interesting to see what National team manager will give him his first senior level cap and who Januzaj shows allegiance to. It would not surprise me to see Januzaj in the starting lineup for a squad at next summer’s World Cup in Brazil. A blind man can see the qualities he possesses.