Man Utd’s Tom Cleverley: Adnan Januzaj has a wand of a left foot

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley says Belgian youngster Adnan Januzaj has a wand of a left foot

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Tom Cleverley won his first Premier League title last term Photo: Adidas

Tom Cleverley says Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj has a “wand of a left foot” after the Belgian scored twice in a 2-1 win at Sunderland.

The 18-year-old midfielder started and finished a sweeping move in the 55th minute to cancel out Craig Gardner’s opener before Januzaj struck an instinctive volley past Keiren Westwood to seal three points.

Cleverley, who emerged as a first-team regular at Old Trafford in 2011, has backed Januzaj to continue to impress in the starting line-up and handle the pressure of playing for the Premier League champions.

“The first one, I was on the left so I couldn’t see how far into the corner it was,” Cleverley told United’s website.

“It was a great finish with his wrong foot. And then the second one, well… everyone knows he’s got it. He’s been doing it all pre-season in training, but to do it on the big stage, I’m really pleased for him.

“He’s got a wand of a left foot for shooting and crossing. It didn’t surprise me that it went in but I was just buzzing to see it go in because it was such an important game for us to win and he’s come up with the goods.”

He added: “With the players we’ve got in this squad, they’ve won a lot more titles than the young players so I don’t think anybody will get too ahead of themselves, including Adnan.

“He’s got a good attitude on him, he wants to get better and we’ve all got the best examples in front of us to do that. He’ll get a lot of publicity but I think he can handle it.”

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