Man United: Don't Let Januzaj Become Another Pogba, Sort His Contract Now
When rising stars Ravel Morrison and Paul Pogba left United to start new chapters in their respective careers, many were left wondering why they would want to leave, and why it was allowed to happen.
With the former, the case was more clear cut. Morrison had been making headlines for some time despite many knowing little about his footballing talents. Several high-profile incidents involving the police and the courts led many, including then manager Sir Alex Ferguson, questioning whether he had the commitment to match his undoubted talent.
The verdict was that he did not (although the starlet has since gone on to start for West Ham in the Premier league), and the midfielder was ushered quickly out of Carrington.
With Pogba, things were different. The young Frenchman was an instant hit upon his arrival from Le Havre as a sixteen year old. He received rave reviews from youth coaches at all levels, drawing comparisons with former United captains Roy Keane and Bryan Robson.
In the midst of contract talks, SAF began the process of working the then 18-year-old into his first team plans. But for Pogba and the money men calling the shots on his career, his transition into first team football at Manchester United was too little too late.
The player’s thirst for ‘first team football’ *cough, money* saw him sign a professional contract with Juventus, and he has been setting the Serie A alight ever since much to the dismay of every United fan who is forced to watch our midfield labour through match after match.
And, as if it has never happened before, the club has once again failed to learn from previous mistakes.
Adnan Januzaj, although familiar to many a United fan, announced himself to the world yesterday with a match winning performance against Sunderland that was well beyond his years.
The 18-year-old’s face was splashed across every back page of the Sunday papers, his display earning plaudits from pundits, journalists and fans alike.
So why, why, why has a player that has been tipped to achieve great things for some time been allowed to enter the final year of his contract?
As if oblivious to failings of the past (something that United are becoming masters at) the club face losing another world class youngster to a top European rival.
With Pogba, it’s fair to say his departure came down to money. The youngster was on the verge of becoming a first team regular/starter, but even the allure of playing for the Premier League Champions at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson was not enough to keep him at the club.
But now Sir Alex, arguably the reason why players chose to play for the club, is gone, and with it, so has United’s edge over their European competition.
The question of ‘why on earth would he want to leave’ is one that can no longer be put to players heading towards the exit door.
There are many clubs across the continent that can offer Januzaj the same, if not more than United can; huge stadiums, loyal support, Champions League football, and a place in the starting XI.
While the dust is still settling over the club’s misgivings in the summer transfer window, the board cannot afford another farcical saga in which one of Europe’s hottest prospects is allowed to walk out of the door for nothing.
With fans still struggling to adapt to the ‘new era’ under David Moyes, the club finds themselves in the unusual position of needing Januzaj more than Januzaj needs them. The restless fans long for young talents such as Januzaj to help ignite our sometimes ordinary style of play, and losing him may be too hard for some to take.
The Belgian/Kosovan/Albanian/Englishman(?) will no doubt become a star at whatever club he plays football for, and United need to do everything in their power to make sure that that club is us.
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