Man Utd look to tie down two-goal hero Januzaj

Manchester United have moved to tie down winger Adnan Januzaj to a long-term contract after the 18-year-old netted a brace against Sunderland on his first Premier League start, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Januzaj was part of the United pre-season tour and impressed manager David Moyes to the point that he retained his first team place as the new season began, making a number of substitute appearances until he was rewarded with a start against the Black Cats on Saturday, again stealing the show as United came back from a goal down to win 2-1 with Januzaj scoring both goals.

But Januzaj’s contractual situation is causing concern at Old Trafford as some of Europe’s leading clubs are preparing to tempt the winger away from his current club. Juventus are said to be leading the chase and the situation bears resemblance to the Serie A side’s signing of Paul Pogba, the France midfielder who quit United for Juve after a contractual impasse.

Januzaj, who is eligible to play international football for a number of countries, has been part of talks over a new deal dating back to Sir Alex Ferguson’s time as manager, but the Scot’s retirement but a hold on the negotiations.

Barcelona are also understood to be keen, although talk of an approach from Manchester City is wide of the mark, according to the newspaper.

United have taken the step of adding Januzaj to their Champions League B list, allowing the youngster to feature in the competition without taking up a place in the A list squad. His involvement in European football is seen as a measure of United’s commitment and Januzaj’s growing importance to the Premier League champions, the Telegraph adds.

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