Bryan Robson was interviewed yesterday afternoon by Sky Sports News to get his views on the current situation at Manchester United and one of the most interesting points he made was about Adnan Januzaj.
Januzaj has been phenomenal this season and has transformed himself from an unknown quantity into an almost guaranteed starter but Robson is spot on in his analysis – United shouldn’t be relying on an 18-year-old.
“Januzaj is a young lad and he is having all this publicity,” he said.
“There is far too much pressure on a young kid and that shouldn’t happen at a club like Manchester United.
“We shouldn’t be relying on an 18-year-old boy to take the brunt of the pressure and that’s what has been happening over the past couple of weeks.”
Januzaj shouldn’t be playing this much football. David Moyes never planned him to but circumstances have seen United reliant on him for a creative spark.
United are one of the biggest clubs in the world yet an academy graduate in his debut season has been burdened with the pressures of holding it on his shoulders through the toughest transition period we have had in a decades. That isn’t a responsibility somebody so young should ever have to carry.
Given, he has performed fantastically well with that added pressure but he shouldn’t have that sort of pressure at this age.
He added: “Some of the senior players have got to take responsiblity within the club.
“They have got to start stepping up their performances to take the pressure off Januzaj because he should be playing in a game, going out, sitting on the bench, coming back in with some cameo roles and really progressing as a player, not with a massive pressure to perform week in week out.”
Robson is once again spot on in the fact that our more experienced players have got to start stepping up to the plate and start improving their performances as well.
Juan Mata‘s arrival should share that responsibility and allow Januzaj’s progression to go back towards a natural curve because the last thing United want to do is ask too much of Januzaj too soon.