Ever since Adnan Januzaj‘s performance against Crystal Palace a few weeks ago, he has been the talk of the town.
The 18-year-old’s impressive 20 minute cameo showcased why he is such a highly regarded talent – natural composure, ability on the ball and intelligence beyond his years, he looked like a seasoned veteran rather than a youngster making his debut.
In the two games following Crystal Palace, he was ineligible to play in the senior UEFA Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen and was never going to feature away to Manchester City because it would have been too much of a risk by David Moyes. However, the game against Liverpool this Wednesday should see Januzaj back in action.
Capital One Cup games are usually tepid affairs but this one against Liverpool, three days after our derby day defeat, carries a real importance for Moyes. He knows that United need to bounce back immediately following the disappointment from Sunday.
After Young’s performance against City, fans will want Moyes to move away from our one dimensional wingers and bring in something more dynamic – that’s where Januzaj will step in.
His body may be sleight and not fully developed yet but neither was Paul Scholes’ when he made his debut, look how he turned out. Mentally, Januzaj is ready and he certainly isn’t lacking in the talent department.
The Telegraph’s Mark Ogden believes Januzaj is close to signing a new contract this week and the 18-year-old is also set to make a decision on who he wants to play international football for, so it could be a very busy seven days for the youngster.
Liverpool won’t be an easy fixture but it is the perfect opportunity for Moyes to experiment with his team. Losing in the Capital One Cup isn’t the end of the world, so he should use it as a chance to play with other options as he wouldn’t get that luxury in the Premier League without taking a risk. Tomorrow is more about putting in a great team performance than winning and Januzaj should be part of that.