Adnan Januzaj‘s second half cameo against Barcelona saw the Belgian youngster put in a superb performance which culminated in a beautiful goal to seal the game at 3-1.
Januzaj took down a pass from Jesse Lingard on the move with his back turned to goal with a deft touch, left Marc Bartra on the floor and made a few yards for himself before firing a composed finish under Marc-Andre ter Stegen which gave him no chance of stopping it.
The fluidity of the motion which made it such a lovely goal and Januzaj made it look very easy, despite the fact it was actually quite a difficult chance.
After a couple of muted performances so far on tour, Januzaj excelled and put himself firmly in the spotlight for all the right reasons against Barcelona.
Louis van Gaal piled praise on Januzaj for how well he did in a striker role and he’ll be bursting with confidence after that which is exactly what he needed.
Next season will be tough for Januzaj but for all the right reasons. There’s a lot of competition for places in United’s squad now and he’ll have to strive to improve and force his way into Van Gaal’s plans, which is exactly what he’ll do if he can continue to play like he did against Barcelona.