As we head into the winter months, David Moyes would’ve certainly liked a much better start to his Manchester United managerial career. The club is tried and tested at bringing through youth players, and Manchester United’s U21s 4-0 victory against Bolton proves that continuing this tradition is the way forward for Moyes.
Both Adnan Januzaj and Wilfried Zaha were the key men in that game, the former scored an absolute peach of a goal from 25-yards, and Zaha also got on the scoresheet. Both players featured heavily on the clubs pre-season tour, and were arguably our best players alongside fellow youngster Jesse Lingard.
Since then, Lingard has gone on to Birmingham City on loan, scoring an excellent four goals on his debut. Zaha and Januzaj look set for bigger things though, as Moyes wants to keep them at the club.
Somewhat surprisingly, 20-year old Zaha hasn’t featured in a competitive game for Manchester United as of yet. Apparently the winger is still coming to terms with life at the club, and getting used to the massive gulf in class between the Premier League and the Championship. There is no doubting this boys talent and you cannot help but think of Ronaldo when watching him play. His feet are superb, and his movement and skills are excellent to watch. Time is definitely on his side, and with him signing a five-year contract at the club, we’ll get to watch him develop.
Adnan Januzaj’s situation is very different both on and off the pitch. The Belgian is getting minutes under David Moyes from off the bench, but his Manchester United future is still up in the air. The 19-year old still hasn’t committed to the club by signing a new contract, and with clubs like Man City and Barcelona sniffing around, and more money likely on the table, it would be hard to ignore those calls. If he keeps putting in performances like he is doing, there is no doubt that Januzaj will become one of the worlds best.
Both players are natural wide-men, and with the first-team wingers currently not performing anywhere near their usually high levels, there is certainly a chance for these two to make their mark. You feel that a start for Adnan Januzaj is only around the corner, and if he plays well he could find himself in the starting line-up on a regular basis sooner than he expected.
I’d expect Zaha to be utilised sooner rather than later, too. Perhaps Norwich in the Capital One Cup would be a good starting point for him. Easing him into things is the best way to handle the younger players, and when Moyes feels he is ready, Wilfried Zaha will be unleashed.
This season was never going to be easy, but for me these two give us that glimmer of hope going forward. Keep the faith, stick with Moyes and the success will come, its in our clubs blood.