Adnan Januzaj showed he can still be a magician with his audacious attempt

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Throughout Adnan Januzaj’s time at Manchester United, it was always clear that he had talent, even if the winger didn’t always know how to use it.

Januzaj broke into the Red Devils’ first team in 2013, announcing himself to the world with a brace against Sunderland in his first start for the club.

But he never quite managed to push past the status of promising youngster at Old Trafford.

Loan spells at Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland weren’t productive enough to change that, and Januzaj was sold to Real Sociedad in 2017.

Now 25 years old, Januzaj has played 12 times for Belgium, but even more was expected of the attacking midfielder after such an exciting start to his senior career.

While Real Sociedad may not be among the biggest clubs in European football, they are arguably among the most exciting at the moment.

Imanol Alguacil’s side are currently sitting top of the table in La Liga – albeit Atletico Madrid are three points behind them with two games in hand.

Former Manchester City star David Silva dictates a lot of their play, while he is joined by exciting talents such as Alexander Isak, Portu and Mikel Oyarzabal.

Januzaj hasn’t been a regular this term, starting just three matches so far, but proved that he can still get fans on the edge of their seats with this magical piece of skill in La Real’s 1-0 victory over Cadiz.

Nobody should be able to get a ball through that gap, yet Januzaj made it look so incredibly easy.

Bringing eye-catching moments of skill is one thing, but as ever with a wide attacker, the question always comes back to end-product.

Januzaj may have missed the target with that brilliantly crafted chance of his own but made up for his miss by assisting the game’s only goal in the 66th minute with a wicked cross for Alexander Isak.

A sprinkling of magic followed by some ruthless efficiency? Perhaps there’s still time for Januzaj to justify the hype after all.


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