Nicky Butt: Adan Januzaj can win the Champions League at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt has claimed Adnan Januzaj has what it takes to win the Champions League one day.

The Belgian erupted onto the world stage after netting a brace after being handed his first start for Man United by David Moyes back in October 2013, with many predicting the youngster to cement himself as an Old Trafford regular.

However, following two difficult years under Louis van Gaal, Januzaj is now a peripheral figure at United, and is currently spending the season on loan at Sunderland in the interest of receiving game time.

But despite his recent decline in form and confidence, Butt believes that Januzaj has the ability to scalp the dizzy heights of football in the future.

“It doesn’t hurt me as much as, say, if Adnan Januzaj went and never came back,” he said, reflecting on the possibility of Januzaj not returning to United’s first team

“He’s got the level to play for United and win leagues and Champions Leagues. Maybe he’s not been as dedicated, a case of too much too soon, a millionaire now.”

The most frustrating thing about the 21-year-old is that, as Butt notes, he has what it takes to be a regular in United’s first-team. That raw, fearless attacking zeal, seemingly unquenchable when the Belgian hits top gear, has been there for all to witness. Supporters know what Januzaj can do to opposition defenders, and it’s tantalising.

Unfortunately, the winger’s monumental decline in confidence has precluded his ability to bring that mazy, intractable style to the fore. United fans will hope that this loan spell at Sunderland serves as a much-needed confidence booster for the youngster, who, at 21, has a long career ahead of him.

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