World Cup Scouting Report: Adnan Januzaj

After emerging as a first team star at Manchester United last season, the youngster earned a place in the Belgium squad, but struggled to make an impact against South Korea
By Alex Young

The coming of age of Adnan Januzaj was one of very few positives to emerge from David Moyes's brief reign at Manchester United.

The youngster earned rave reviews for a string of exciting performances after scoring both goals in his first start as United came from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 in October.

With Januzaj earning his first competitive cap for Belgium against South Korea, Goal runs the rule over the highly rated winger...


After having his debut struck from Fifa records after Marc Wilmots used one too many substitutes ahead of the World Cup, Thursday's clash with South Korea was Januzaj's second outing and first competitive game for Belgium.

With wins over Russia and Algeria confirming Belgium's last-16 berth, Wilmots made a number of changes and his side once against struggled to overcome their opponents, with Jan Vertonghen netting a late winner.

Januzaj was equally ineffective before being replaced by Nacer Chadli on the hour mark, touching the ball just 32 times and attempting 18 passes. The winger failed to register a single shot, either on target or off.

In a display with little highlights, a raking pass forward towards United team-mate Marouane Fellaini 10 minutes into the second half was the youngster's most telling impact as the latter drove into the penalty area before having spot-kick appeals waved away.


Despite his current, raw, state, Januzaj would be a first-team regular for any side below those competing for European football in the Premier League.

Much will depend on new Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal's assessment of the Belgian, but a loan move within the Premier League would give the youngster the perfect platform to showcase his skills, should the Netherlands boss deem him surplus to requirements.

But, given Van Gaal's track record for blooding young stars, Januzaj looks set to be inolved in the United first team next season.

Januzaj created 30 chances for his team-mates in just 26 appearances last season - in addition to four goals and three assists - so his talent is there for all to see.


After a strong and exciting start to his United career, Januzaj's presence in the first team waned towards the end of the season but it's all change at Old Trafford so it remains to be seen where he lies in Van Gaal's thinking.

The manager-to-be has outlined his list of desired transfer targets - which includes a multiple midfielders - and made his first signing on Thursday as Ander Herrera joined in a big-money move from Athletic Bilbao.

Januzaj has, unsurprisingly, reportedly attracted interest from a number of European's elite sides - including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus - after his breakthrough season both domestically and on the international stage but an exit has, as yet, not been mooted.