Adnan Januzaj: 'My age is irrelevant'

Manchester United's Belgium midfielder Adnan Januzaj vies with Southampton's French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England
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Man United teenager Adnan Januzaj thanks David Moyes for giving him first-team opportunities and does not think his age should be relevant when it comes to selection.

Belgian teenager Adnan Januzaj has insisted that he is ready to play a leading role in the Manchester United first team, in spite of his tender years.

The winger has been thrown into a struggling Red Devils side in his debut Premier League season, with manager David Moyes often preferring him to more experienced players such as Ashley Young and Nani.

Januzaj, 18, has thanked Moyes for showing faith in him, and has vowed not to let the success that he is enjoying at a young age distract him from his target of being one of the best players in the world.

"In football it's not [about] age. If you're good enough to play, you have to play," he told MUTV.

"I think the boss gave me the chance because he's known for giving a chance to young players. He's a top manager and knows exactly what he is doing with the players and everything else.

"You always have to keep going and work hard if you want to be even better. My parents always told me to keep my feet on the ground, keep working and, if you can, try to be the best player in the world."

Januzaj has made 13 United appearances in total since debuting in the Community Shield in August.

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