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'Januzaj is as good as Giggs at that age'

Manchester United coach Nicky Butt believes the Belgian youngster is set for great things.

Januzaj training with Belgium's Kevin Miralles (left) and Axel Witsel.
Januzaj training with Belgium's Kevin Miralles (left) and Axel Witsel.
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BELGIAN TEENAGER Adnan Januzaj has been compared to Ryan Giggs by Manchester United coach Nicky Butt.

The 19-year-old attacker enjoyed a break-out season with United — appearing 35 times and scoring four times — prompting Belgium manager Marc Wilmots to call him into his final World Cup squad.

Belgium have a number of talented players but Janujaz could be in line to make his competitive debut in Brazil this month with Group H games against Russia, Algeria and South Korea to come.

Speaking in Dublin yesterday to promote a competition on the Guinness Plus mobile App, Butt said:  ”It was difficult for him because he came into a team that was struggling. 

“All the pressure was on him but he was a breath of fresh air. He got the Stretford End up and the crowd on their feet. I wouldn’t say he was overplayed but there was a lot of weight on his shoulders.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester United v Hull City - Old Trafford Hull's David Meyler tackles Januzaj during a Premier League game. Source: EMPICS Sport

“The only other player I’ve seen that good at that age was Giggsy. He’s that good, he’s phenomenal.

“We played against Hull when I was helping Ryan who was in charge, and I was speaking to Brucey (Steve Bruce) in the kit room before. He asked about him and I said he was unbelievable. Seriously unbelievable – as good as Giggsy was at that age.

Brucey said, ‘whatever’. He walked in Adnan and shook Brucey’s hand and he’s a lot bigger than you think – he’s like 6’2″.  He’s built like Ronaldo in terms of size but not as physical yet.

“Then after the game he came up to me and said: “He’s right, he’s that good.”

“It’s hard to say how good he is going to be as he’s only 18 but if he keeps it up I think he can be (as good as Giggs). ”

Nicky Butt was speaking in Dublin as part of a new competition on the Guinness Plus mobile app, which is offering the chance to win a trip to the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup. The Guinness Plus App is available to download for iPhone and Android Smartphones from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store now.

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