Oct 5, 2013 at 5.30pm UK at ‚ÄčStadium of Light
Sunderland
1-2
Man UtdManchester United
Gardner (4')
Gardner (53'), O'Shea (81')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Januzaj (54', 61')
Rooney (40'), Januzaj (48'), Vidic (70'), Rafael (78')

Wayne Rooney praises "very confident" Adnan Januzaj

Rooney praises
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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney hails Adnan Januzaj for his two-goal contribution against Sunderland.

Wayne Rooney has hailed his Manchester United teammate Adnan Januzaj in the wake of his performance against Sunderland on Saturday evening.

The Belgian, who was handed his first Premier League start at the Stadium of Light, scored both of United's goals as the champions came from behind to record a 2-1 win against the Black Cats.

"He's a great prospect. He takes the ball and he runs at players. We know the ability he has got but you never know how they are going to react when they are thrown into games. There is a lot of pressure but he seems to thrive on it," Rooney told reporters.

"He's not shy - he's very confident, I think that's great to see. A lot of the young players who come through are a little bit timid and shy, but he looks comfortable and he's confident in his own ability, which you need to be."

Januzaj has nine months left to run on his current contract at Old Trafford, but United are believed to be keen to tie him down to extended terms amid reports that Juventus and Barcelona are keen on the 18-year-old's services.

Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United scores his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at the Stadium of Light on October 5, 2013
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