For the past few weeks Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with Manchester United winger Adnan Jaunzaj. This was largely down to rumours linking Ezequiel Laevzzi with a move away from the Parc des Princes but it appears as if the interest was more concrete than we thought.
Januzaj’s agent Dirk de Vriese told Foot Mercato; “Yes, PSG have shown themselves to be interested this winter. They directly contacted Manchester United for information. But Louis van Gaal announced that he (Januzaj) cannot leave this winter. Not as a permanent transfer nor as a loan. The coach considers him as an important player for squad. He is counting on everyone”.
With Lavezzi now being heavily linked with Liverpool, 1970 PSG caught up with Manchester United website – and fellow Football Collective member – The Peoples Person to give us a lowdown on the young Belgian international. Editor Sam Peoples kindly agreed to give us his thoughts on the United wonderkid.
1970 PSG: Last season Adnan Januzaj was a revelation when he burst onto the scene away to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light by netting a brace. What were your thoughts on him before that game? Did you expect him to make such an impact?
Sam: Those who had followed Adnan Januzaj in Manchester United’s U21s knew he was a special player. He was head and shoulders above all other players at that level and it felt natural when he broke through into the first-team. Of course, nobody expected him to make such an impact on his full debut but we all knew he had that sort of ability. It was a fairy-tale start.
1970 PSG: What would you say are his best qualities?
Sam: Januzaj is great at creating something from nothing. When the confidence is flowing, he’s happy to take a man on, to shoot from distance, to dribble between defenders or find a penetrating through ball. He’s got a great range of talents.
1970 PSG: Former manager David Moyes was the one that gave him his break in the first-team. How important was he in his development?
Sam: In a diabolical season, David Moyes giving Januzaj his opportunity was one of the shining lights. He was certainly important in his development but you have to remember he was on the bench for Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever game in the 5-5 draw against West Brom, so Moyes effectively knew he had to give him a chance rather than spot the talent himself.
1970 PSG: His playing time this season has been reduced dramatically under a new manager Louis Van Gaal. What are the reasons for this?
Sam: Januzaj is a player who loves natural width but unfortunately in Louis van Gaal’s 3-5-2 or 4-4-2 diamond formation, there is no room for wingers. That’s why he hasn’t played much. Januzaj also enjoys playing in the no.10 role but with Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Angel di Maria all vying for that spot, there’s big competition for it.
1970 PSG: PSG are in need of a left-sided winger to play in a 4-3-3 formation. Would he be a success in that role?
Sam: A left-sided winger to play in a 4-3-3 formation would be the perfect set-up for Januzaj, so long as you have a left-back who is willing to cover the space behind him. He is young and although he does track back, he doesn’t have the strength to do too much defensively.
1970 PSG: Even though he has been linked with the likes of ourselves and Juventus for a short-term loan this month, do you see his long-term future at Old Trafford?
Sam: Yes. His long-term future remains at Old Trafford without doubt. People have to remember that he is still only 19 (soon to be 20). There is plenty of time left for him to make his full breakthrough into Man United’s first team.
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