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Manchester City keep an eye on unsettled Januzaj

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David Moyes is in danger of losing top prospect Adnan Januzaj to Manchester City, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The 18-year-old Januzaj has been involved in a contract dispute with United since the spring and the newspaper reports City are preparing to pounce if the situation is not resolved.

Januzaj leaves Old Trafford eager for more

  • Manchester United's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace was not so much a football match as an audition. If David Moyes is indeed still deciding upon his best starting eleven -- and the changes since the loss against Liverpool before the international break suggest that he is -- then Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj, the club's two Belgian talents, made compelling cases for their inclusion.

    Januzaj, in particular, thrilled Old Trafford in a manner that Manchester United fans have not seen since Nani was last on song. Arriving on the pitch as a substitute for Ashley Young with a bit less than a third of the game to go, his elegant dribbling and movement brought relief to home fans who had seen their team take a one-goal lead and a one-man advantage, but then fail to stifle their newly promoted opponents.

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His contract is up at the end of the season and the player and his agents have rejected all deals put forward by United.

Although he came on as a substitute in the win over Crystal Palace at the weekend and also featured in the Community Shield, it is believed he wants guarantees of more time in the first team. There was talk of him being loaned out but that option now appears to have been shelved.

After criticism for failing to deliver enough signings in the summer, David Moyes will be under pressure to resolve Januzaj's contract before the next transfer window in January.

Asked at the weekend if he felt confident Januzaj will sign a new five-year contract, Moyes replied: 'Yes'.

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