Thursday, 8th May, 2014

Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj admits that former Red Devils star Cristiano Ronaldo is his idol and he is shaping his game on the Portuguese.

Januzaj joined Manchester United’s youth set-up from Anderlecht in 2011 and won the Under-21 Premier League title with the Red Devils last season. He has become a first team regular at Old Trafford this season.

The Belgian admits that Ronaldo is a player he looks up to and he is trying to emulate the Portuguese’s achievements on the pitch at Old Trafford.

"I watch him a lot and try to do the same things that he does," the 19-year-old told Inside United.


"He is a very good player. I always look at him and watch his games as well and try to do what he is doing and remember what he did at Manchester United.”

The Belgian admits that he needs to add upper body strength and mass to endure the rigours of English football as Ronaldo did when he first came to England.

"I have to work hard in the gym like he did because, when he came here, he wasn't strong. But after a year or so he became really strong and could push people away. I'm getting a bit stronger now due to the gym work."

Manchester United signed Ronaldo from Benfica in 2003 for £12.24m and the Portuguese went on to make score 118 goals in 292 appearances for the Red Devils.

Ronaldo left Manchester United for Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee of £80m in 2009.

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