The teenage superstar has broken into the Old Trafford club’s first team, but there are concerns that he could jump ship with suitors circling.
The teenager saved the club’s blushes at the weekend with a quick-fire brace against Sunderland in the second-half to give the reigning Premier League champions a 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light.
However, there are grave concerns that the latest superstar to emerge from United’s youth system could well jump ship, as his contract with the club is due to expire next summer.
As such, David Moyes and the powers that be at Old Trafford need to work fast to secure Januzaj’s future and avoid him being lured to a Premier League or European rival.
United suffered a similar fate when midfield prodigy Paul Pogba spurned a contract offer from the club last summer, instead opting to move to Juventus. The young French star’s decision was a major blow to the club, as the Le Harve graduate was being groomed to be the long-term replacement for Paul Scholes in the Red Devils’ midfield.
Pogba has since gone on to become a major player for the Turin giants, a Serie A winner, a French international and a player with all the creative and technical abilities that United craved in the transfer market over the summer.
However, fears that Januzaj could do likewise and leave Old Trafford before his career at the club eve gets started should not be as real.
Pogba’s reasoning for leaving United was due to a lack of first-team opportunities and not being trusted to start games for the club. One thing that Moyes has got right in his short-lived and eventful time at Old Trafford is that he has spotted Januzaj’s talent, embraced it and played the winger, despite his age and lack of experience.
Januzaj can expect to find himself in the United first team more often than not going forward, if he can maintain the good early season form that he has shown to date. The champions are in dire need of a spark of energy, a creative force and someone who can inspire them to victory – Januzaj is that man at the moment.
Despite their Premier League win last term, United’s wingers have generally failed to live up to expectations in the last 18 months and have struggled with injury and dips in form. Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, all international widemen, have failed to inspire confidence, and Januzaj should be ahead of them in the pecking order on form.
That said, with the young star able to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January, United will not want to leave it too long before tying the teenager down to a long-term contract. If they do, he can go on to become an exceptional talent and an important player for the club in the future.
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