Jamie Redknapp: Why Adnan Januzaj ahead of Man United signing
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp says Adnan Januzaj is a better number 10 than Memphis Depay
Jamie Redknapp believes Manchester United should partner Adnan Januzaj with Wayne Rooney.
The Belgium international was handed a rare start for the Red Devils at Villa Park on Friday in a supporting role behind United captain Rooney.
United have signed Memphis Depay for £31million, I think they already had someone in their ranks who is more talented. Januzaj is an exceptional player
Louis van Gaal’s tactical move paid dividends after the 21-year-old forward scored a first-half winner to seal a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa.
And former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp reckons Januzaj is more adapt at playing the No10 role than summer signing Memphis Depay.
“Januzaj has put himself right in the equation to take up the number 10 role and ease some of the pressure on Wayne Rooney,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“The really good news from Friday’s game for United is that Januzaj has come back into the equation.
“He looked like a man who might have been sent out on loan, with Sunderland reportedly interested in him.”
Redknapp added that he reckons Januzaj is more talented than Depay, who moved to Old Trafford in a £25m deal from Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven earlier this summer.
Redknapp continued: “United have signed Memphis Depay for £31million, I think they already had someone in their ranks who is more talented. Januzaj is an exceptional player.
“He’s a special player. I remember the first time I saw him playing for United, the two goals he scored against Sunderland. He can do special things with a football.
“Now, he wasn’t magnificent today by any stretch of the imagination, but the footballing arrogance will come when he plays more and gains confidence.”
Januzaj struggled to earn a regular starting spot under Van Gaal in the Dutchman’s first season in charge of the west London side.
United face Club Brugge in the Champions League in their next fixture before they welcome Newcastle United to Old Trafford next Saturday.