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STATS: Januzaj’s first year compared to Ronaldo’s


“I watch him a lot and try to do the same things that he does,” Januzaj told Inside United. “He is a very good player. I always look at him and watch his games as well and try to do what he is doing and remember what he did at Manchester United. I have to work hard in the gym like he did because, when he came here, he wasn’t strong. But after a year or so he became really strong and could push people away. I’m getting a bit stronger now due to the gym work.”

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  1. Mark Reid says:

    Champions league next year watch this space.

  2. Fletch™ says:

    Interesting table that I posted a link to on the last thread.
    As mentioned, memories of Obertan and Macheda spring to mind. Hope for better from Januzaj!
    Let the lad push on.

    BTW, What is the source of this data? It never ceases to amaze me how many posts go up with no attribution to the source. Scott does it, loads on twitter do it. Find it a bit unsavory.

    What is the problem with just posting a link to the original work so that lads can get due credit.
    A shame of modern youth/blog culture.

  3. edcunited1878 says:

    Source: talkSports

    Link and Story:

    It’s not a shame on modern youth/blog culture. If you look at major sports news outlets, such as ESPN here in America, they are reluctant to give direct credit to anybody but their own because it keeps people from going to the direct source for their own gain.

    Example, if the BBC breaks something first, then SkySports can do the following:

    “Louis Van Gaal has been named manager of Manchester United SkySports can confirm from earlier reports from BBC and other media sources.”

  4. yugo44 says:

    Hope Adnan fulfils his potential

  5. Neil Moore says:

    Fletch. Alright pal, King Eric here. Obertan was dreadful in his first season. Debut game ran ball out of play and missed two sitters! No power in that lad physically or mentally. A fairy. Absolutely no comparison to Adnan.

    Can see the gym is paying off because I thought he looked bigger. The Sky’s the limit with this kid. So well balanced and graceful and always wanting the ball.

  6. Fletch™ says:

    edcunited1878 Cheers son! Thanks for the link.

    I actually have no problem with the example you give.
    The source is given and an expanded audience knows of the original source.

    In the case of sports transfer ‘news’, you often find that failure to attribute the source leads to truly ridiculous rumors making the rounds for days or weeks.

  7. Fletch™ says:

    KingEric (Neil)! Ha Cheers. You are most welcome in these parts mate. Been awhile has it?!

    Well said on Adnan. The lad seems to have a very mature head for his age.
    Rumors he turned down sizable pay packets from PSG and others last summer only add to my impression of him. Choosing Belgium also a mature move over the potential money, and media circus, of an England call up.

    Sky is the limit for him, as it may be for Wilson. But we all know how injuries, or heads gone, can scupper a budding career (Pogba, Morrison, Bebe, the list is very very long indeed)

  8. Neil Moore says:

    Fletch. Thanks mate, yes been months! Finally signed up via Google. Hope you’re well.

  9. wayne barker says:

    Let’s hope he stays level headed and dedicated and doesn’t fall into the trap of some many others
    King Eric tried to email you a few months back but the address I had was no longer valid

  10. Neil Moore says:

    Wayne. Alright mate. Yes I’m now on

  11. RedManXRyan says:

    Was disappointed Januzaj didn’t see more of the pitch this season. If we are to get van Gaal I think Januzaj can really be a force on the wing for us in the future (so long as he is not sold to Real Madrid). Glad to see he is dedicated to gym work at such a young age as well. Exciting young player!

  12. wayne barker says:

    K thanks mate

  13. LoneStarRed7 says:

    CR7 impression was speed first, offensive aggression and skill on the ball. Adnan’s first impression is grace,balance, confidence. They are obviously different players. I think Adnan is more Giggs than CR7.

  14. wayne barker says:

    Don’t want to be playing a young lad to much,thought he started looking tired and Moyes was right to rest him.Last thing a team needs is another Micheal Owen due to been overplayed before being fully developed

  15. Fletch™ says:

    From @ManUtd on twitter:

    Ryan Giggs backs Januzaj and Rooney to shine in Brazil this summer.

    On Adnan: “He could light up the World Cup.”

  16. Tommy says:

    I cant be the only one sick of comparisons in football, Adnan is doing a fine job, hes not the new Ronaldo, He is the first Adnan januzaj, These stats can also be misleading it does not mention Ronaldo had not a clue what English football was all about and couldnt speak the lingo when he arrived so its a pointless statt to be honest, let the kid enjoy his football without heaping too much pressure on the lad, Hes an exciting player who has fans on the edge of their seat but lay off the comparisons

  17. Jorge Curioso II says:

    LOL Ronaldo 22 offsides. I bet all their yellows were for diving.

    Janusaj is good, but he’s no Cristiano.


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