Adnan Januzaj finally comes to the fore after frustrating season

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United fans were a little too hasty when proclaiming Adnan Januzaj the next Cristiano Ronaldo after a hugely impressive debut season last year.

That being said, he was certainly the bright spark in a dour season under David Moyes, most notably bagging a brace away at Sunderland to win United the game.

Aged just 18 at the time, the stage was set for Januzaj. Unfortunately for the Belgian, his progress has been stunted during a difficult year under Louis van Gaal.

Restricted to brief cameo appearances from the bench and often left out altogether, the Dutchman initially decided against using Januzaj in his wing back system.

That now appears to have changed as van Gaal has reverted back to a 4-4-2 diamond in recent weeks. This has allowed Januzaj to come into the fore and the youngster has taken his chance to impress.

Against Leicester City last month, Januzaj played the full 90 minutes and was a constant threat to the Foxes defence.

The 20-year-old was subsequently handed a start against Burnley on Wednesday night and put in a solid performance. His work on the wing freed up space in the middle and his skill allowed him to get the ball into dangerous areas. Alongside Angel di Maria, Januzaj was a constant thorn in Burnley’s side in the second half when Man United starting playing football.

Januzaj endeared himself to United fans after his debut season so they will be delighted to see him back in the team and playing well. He’s young and still unpolished but his attitude has been spot on this year and he deservedly earned some praise against Burnley.

His performance on the wing may also give van Gaal some food for thought if he decides to change the formation over the summer. Fans would certainly be happy to see Januzaj employed as a more traditional winger next season.

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