Video: Adnan Januzaj’s spectacular goal earns Sunderland victory over Shrewsbury

by Leo Nieboer


Adnan Januzaj scored a late goal to hand David Moyes his first win as Sunderland manager against Shrewsbury Town in the second round of the EFL Cup.

The Belgian, who joined Sunderland on loan earlier this month, struck in the 83rd minute to seal a 1-0 win in what was a largely turgid contest with the League One side.

Sunderland will take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road in the third round.

Janzuaj picked up the ball with his back to goal, turned smartly, and launched a powerful shot into the top corner.

Scoring against a League One side shouldn’t yield much attention on its own, but for Januzaj, stripped of confidence and form under Louis van Gaal, such a moment is inestimably important.

Like most young wingers, the 22-year-old is a confident player. He needs goals and the support of his manager to thrive. And his contribution last night serves as a crucial step in rediscovering his blistering form of the 2013/14 season.

The sheer brilliance of the goal is also an important factor: it serves as a reminder to the world – and indeed to Januzaj himself – of what he can do once given the opportunity to thrive. Manchester United fans will hope that this goal will act as a catalyst for more sensational contributions from the youngster.

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