David Moyes has backed Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj to develop into one of the best players in the world even though he is currently out of favour at Old Trafford.
Januzaj was given his United debut last season under Moyes’ reign as manager, and the 19-year-old is seen as one of the few successes of the Scot’s tenure at the club. But Januzaj has slipped down the pecking order since Louis van Gaal arrived in the summer, and the additions of the likes of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria combined with a switch in formation has seen his chances limited this season.
Speaking in an interview with the Telegraph, Moyes explained that Januzaj is on the same level that Wayne Rooney was at the same age, and has tipped him to go all the way to the top of the game.
“Adnan Januzaj is, in my managerial time, the best young talent up there with Wayne Rooney,” said Moyes. “You can see what he can become. When we had Wayne at Everton you could see the potential. Adnan Januzaj has got all that at the same age as Wayne. He’s one of the best young talents in Europe and he will go on to become one of the best players.
Manchester United injury list
Manchester United injury list
1/5 Wayne Rooney
There is uncertainty over the extent of the Manchester United captain's injury, with fears he may have suffered ligament damage to his knee during the 3-0 defeat to Everton. Unlikely to feature against West Brom and could miss the rest of the season.
2/5 Michael Carrick
Having limped off in the 4-2 derby victory over Manchester City, it's uncertain if the England midfielder will fit for this weekend. Was unable to even make the bench for the defeat to Everton.
The right-back's return to action has suffered a set-back. After making a short appearance in the 3-0 win over Tottenham in March, the Brazilian has been pushing for full fitness. However he suffered a blow to the ribs in an Under-21 match against Leicester and could miss the rest of the season.
4/5 Marcos Rojo
Having missed the games against Chelsea and Everton due to a groin injury, the Argentina international is pushing for a return and could feature this weekend.
5/5 Phil Jones
Fellow defender Phil Jones also missed the defeats to Chelsea and Evertton but the England international has returned to training after a foot complaint and could play at against West Brom.
“When we went on tour last year he was one of the pluses. He did very well. There was a lot said about him. We came back and within a month we could not believe the change in him - he could go past people inside, outside, to the left, to the right.”
Having compared his potential to the current England captain, Moyes went on to suggest that his playing style reminded him of another England international in Chris Waddle.
“He had a bit of Chris Waddle about him. Chris Waddle used to slow you down and make you feel comfortable and before you knew it he was gone. Adnan has that. He can eliminate people.
"Yes, of course, he was young and he was going to not do it all the time but he has incredible skill, a good temperament and with the right degree of arrogance. Wayne was different but in the same way as we saw something special in him at Everton we saw that in Adnan Januzaj. I can only see the boy going right to the top.”
Moyes remains out of work having been sacked by United with four games reaming of last season. Having taken over from Sir Alex Ferguson, he was not only unable to retain their Premier league crown as rivals Manchester City secured the title, but missed out on European football altogether as the club finished seventh in the league – their worst finish since 1989-90.Reuse content