Monday 19 February 2018

David Moyes: Juan Mata will ease the burden on Januzaj

Adnan Januzaj has risen to stardom at Manchester United this term
Adnan Januzaj has risen to stardom at Manchester United this term

David Moyes has admitted Juan Mata's arrival at Manchester United should take some of the pressure off Adnan Januzaj.

With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie struggling with injuries, Januzaj has been thrust into the spotlight to a far greater extent than would be imagined for an 18-year-old.

Moyes has been delighted with the youngster's contribution.

But he does acknowledge such huge responsibility has come rather early.

"We have used Adnan a lot, maybe a little bit more than we would have liked," said Moyes.

"But he has shown he can stand up and can play in the big games. It wouldn't matter what game we played him in.

"He is the future of the club."

As he signed a five-year contract in October, it could be argued Januzaj has achieved his primary objective for the season, namely integrating himself at Old Trafford.

The player's father, Abedin, has always said he wanted Januzaj's club future to be sorted out before he would decide which of the countries he is eligible for he should commit himself to.

Belgium, the country of his birth, have a keen interest in getting an agreement now so Januzaj could represent them in the World Cup.

However, it has been suggested Januzaj would prefer to wait and complete his residency in England before appearing for them.

It seems though, there have been no developments.

"The goal was always to be playing for Manchester United first," said Januzaj's agent Dirk de Vries.

"That was the most important thing as far as the father and the player were concerned.

"At some point a decision will be made but there is no suggestion of there being any change to the situation as yet."


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