Januzaj: Giggs and Evra helping me grow
Adnan Januzaj has revealed his major influences include Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs as he strives to make his mark at Manchester United.
The teenager made his debut in the Community Shield win over Wigan Athletic and, after earning a first Barclays Premier League appearance against Crystal Palace, celebrated his first start with both goals at Sunderland last Saturday.
In a recent interview with United Review, the official matchday programme, Januzaj explained that working with top players in training every day is helping him to adapt to life with the first team.
"Everyone gives me advice," he stated. "That's the great thing here. People want you to do well and want to help you develop your game. I speak a lot with Patrice and Giggsy. They have great experience, they're big players at the club and have gone through everything I'm going through. Their advice is important.
"If I play on the left, Patrice is just behind so he helps me, and I'm playing in a similar position to Giggsy. I ask him questions all the time as he's been a top, top player for so long. He's a good teacher."
Januzaj is aware of the impact that stepping up to first-team level is having on his game but is continuing to learn all the time.
"Everything is quicker," he stressed. "The games are quicker, you have to think faster and play quicker. I'm training with great players almost every day so I do what they tell me but at the same time I want to bring my own qualities too. That's important. You have to do both.
"The technical qualities [of the likes of Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa and Wayne Rooney] are brilliant, so just playing alongside them raises your standards. You learn little things like when to speed up play, when to pass, when to hold the ball, all those things... by watching experienced players it just becomes natural."