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Adnan Januzaj. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Adnan Januzaj. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Darren Fletcher. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Darren Fletcher. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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Adnan Januzaj. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

DARREN Fletcher has predicted a big future for Manchester United team-mate Adnan Januzaj.

In the absence of Wayne Rooney, the 18-year-old has taken on the role of United talisman and, although he did not score, he was the inspiration behind Saturday's 2-0 Premier League win against Swansea at Old Trafford.

Fletcher was certainly impressed, and the Scot feels he has the potential to match any player he has worked with at United, which considering that number includes Cristiano Ronaldo is praise indeed.

"For his age, he is up there with some of the best I have seen, without a shadow of a doubt," said Fletcher.

"He is a great kid. There is no ego. He wants to learn and listens to advice he is being given. He just wants to go out on the pitch and express himself.

"Hopefully we have given him a platform to do that.

"The fans have taken to him straight away and he is making an impact. Hopefully he is here for a long time."

Fletcher also laid bare the growing anger inside the Manchester United dressing room at claims there are splits in the camp.

"It gets us angry because we know it is not true," said Fletcher.

"We are there every day. The players are fully behind the manager.

"And Alex Ferguson being in the stand has no bearing on anything. It is great to see him there supporting the team. It would be a worry if he wasn't.

"We have got to believe in ourselves and keep a close-knit group, making sure that the experienced players are guiding the younger players in the right way. Winning games helps that."

There has been a feeling, going back long before Moyes' arrival in the summer, that United's army of critics were waiting for the club to fail.

That day does appear to have arrived, giving oxygen to all manner of debate, including over Moyes' future, even though there has been no such demand from the Old Trafford stands and leading United fanzine, Red Issue, has conducted a poll that puts the figure of those who support the Scot to be at 72.98 per cent.

"It is as if some people have been waiting for it to happen and are really relishing it," said Fletcher.

"We've got to use that as fuel to prove them wrong.

There was no chance of Moyes getting carried away with the victory, not when he knew the failure of Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa and Chris Smalling to take clear opportunities prevented United from recording their biggest Premier League win of the season.

"We deserved to score more," said the Scot. "There were chances. It is annoying me because we have to start taking them."

With a rare blank midweek, and an unwanted 52-year-old record for successive defeats avoided, Moyes may be able to spend some time reshaping his squad.

The Scot has privately conceded up to 10 players may have to be moved on, with out-of-favour midfielder Anderson and defender Fabio set to be among the first to leave.

Rio Ferdinand and Alexander Buttner will surely not last beyond the summer, while Nani, Patrice Evra and even skipper Nemanja Vidic are on shaky ground.

Others have work to do if they are to salvage their United careers, among them Kagawa, who, after a series of below-par displays, excelled in the second half against Swansea when switched into a central position.

"He does relish being in there and he was fantastic in the second half," said Fletcher.


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