Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has heaped praise on youngster Adnan Januzaj after his match winning performance at Sunderland yesterday.
The Belgian starlet scored twice to bring United from 1-0 down to win at the Stadium of Light and give boss David Moyes a huge reprieve after his poor start at Old Trafford.
England want Januzaj to become part of the under-21 squad for the fixtures in November, but the 18 year old is set to run out for Belgium after declaring his native country is his home.
Januzaj is struggling to agree terms on a new contract with United, as have youngster Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison in recent years, and so could move on at the end of the season.
Carrick wants to help the star improve, but at the same time keep his feet on the ground.
“He’s done it on the big stage now,” Carrick told MUFC.com.
“It takes a lot of things [to do that on your first start]. He’s got so much ability, he’s got a great attitude too. He can be anything he wants to be. He’s that good, he’s got that chance.
“It’s just the start for him. I’m sure he’s not going to get carried away with it. But his two finishes… the first was on his weaker foot, you would think. His second one was just a terrific volley. We’ve got a lot to thank him for.
“I was telling him at half-time to get in the box because there were chances for him.
“It was two great finishes, so he’s won us the game.”