Ryan Giggs sees a little bit of himself in Adnan Januzaj but has warned everybody not to get carried away too early in his Manchester United career.
The 18-year-old has gone from Under-18s football to being a key member in United’s first team squad in 18 months and has progressed superbly through our academy, something which Giggs did himself when he broke into the first team aged just 17.
Both Giggs and Januzaj love to run at a defender with pace and Giggs admitted that there is a real buzz around Januzaj among everybody at the club.
“He takes the ball, has good balance similar to when I came into the team and likes to beat players,” Giggs told talkSPORT.
“He’s exciting. It’s great for the fans to see because they would have seen him progress through the Reserves. He’s an exciting player not only for the fans but for the other players, for someone like me and the coaches in the youth team and academy.
“The youth team players can look up and see it’s possible to make it in the first team if you work hard and in the right way.
“We don’t want to get carried away because he is only 18 and has got a long way to go and needs to improve a lot but it is exciting. Everyone is thrilled he is doing so well this season.”
It is hard not to get overexcited when a youngster breaks through into the United first team, especially one like Januzaj who plays without fear but Giggs is right to deflect the pressure away from him.
He has already done more than most expected him to do this season and looks accustomed to the Premier League but there is still much for him to improve. Luckily for Januzaj, he couldn’t ask for a better example to aspire to than Giggs who is still playing top flight football on the eve of his 40th birthday.
Although he may be similar to Giggs in many respects, he won’t be choosing to play for Wales despite Giggs’ attempts to persuade him.
“I think he’s got about seven or eight countries that he can choose from. I tried to nick him for Wales but he’s not interested!” he joked.