Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Tug of war over Manchester United boy wonder Adnan Januzaj

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United is congratulated on his goals by Robin Van Persie and Michael Carrick after victory in the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at Stadium of Light on October 5, 2013 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United is congratulated on his goals by Robin Van Persie and Michael Carrick after victory in the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at Stadium of Light on October 5, 2013 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester United face a battle to keep the young starlet labelled 'the new Ronaldo' after 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj's sensational two-goal full Premier league debut in the 2-1 win at Sunderland.

The teenager's Old Trafford contract expires at the end of this season with Saturday's impact performance strengthening his bargaining power. Rivals Manchester City and Juventus were already circling and with his representatives stalling on new deal talks at United, the price is sure to go up as more top English and European clubs are put on notice.

England have now joined the queue of nations battling for his allegiance, under residency rules. The winger is also qualified, through parentage, for Albania and Croatia, as well as the land of his birth, Belgium.

United will only today register Januzaj for the Champions League this season amid fears of losing another 'special talent' in the same manner as Paul Pogba to Juventus last season.

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