Manchester United’s new wonderboy Adnan Januzaj became an instant hero after rescuing his club with a brilliant brace against Sunderland, but with his contract due to run out at the end of this season David Moyes has a fight on his hands keep the young midfielder, with Barcelona and Man City reportedly keen to sign him up.
Here are some other youngsters who left United early in their careers and are currently wowing at their respective clubs.
Local boy Morrison looked set to follow fellow Manchester native Danny Welbeck into the United first team and the midfielder made three appearances for the Red Devils in the League Cup, but a poor disciplinary record off the field led to his departure for West Ham in a cut price deal in January 2012.
After returning to east London, having spent 2012/13 on loan at Birmingham, the 20-year-old has started making the headlines for all the right reasons this term with his attacking play and scored a wonderful individual goal in the Hammers’ 3-0 win at Tottenham, prompting comparisons with Spurs legend Paul Gascoigne.
Shakira’s beau began his youth career at Barcelona, but was snapped up by United in 2004 before he could sign a professional contract at Camp Nou and made 23 appearances for the club, scoring in consecutive Champions League games in 2007.
With his path to the first team blocked by Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, Pique returned to Catalunya and has since played an integral part in Barca’s unprecedented success in La Liga and the Champions League, as well as picking up World Cup and European Championship medals with Spain.
USA-born Italian international Rossi was lifted from Parma as a 17-year-old during the same summer as Pique and despite impressing with four goals and four assists in 14 appearances for United, the striker also found his route to the starting line-up blocked, in this instance by Wayne Rooney.
Rossi’s 82 goals in 192 games for Villarreal after swapping Old Trafford for El Madrigal in 2007 made him a hero with the Yellow Submarine faithful and the 26-year-old has returned from two years of injury hell to score six goals in his first nine games this season for current club Fiorentina.
Pogba arrived in the north west from French club Le Havre in 2009 and made seven appearances for United during 2011/12, but when Paul Scholes came out of retirement in January of that season the young Frenchman’s first team chances worsened and he left for Juventus on a free at the end of the campaign.
The midfielder established himself in the Bianconeri team in their double-winning 2012/13 campaign and made his international debut in Les Blues’ World Cup qualifier against Georgia in March.