Manchester United's regional and European recruitment officer, Geoff Watson, has discussed their pursuit of Adan Januzaj. The Reds' Belgian-based scout Alex Verveckken contacted the club in August 2010, after witnessing Januzaj in action for Anderlecht in a youth tournament at KV Mechelen in Belgium.
"After that, most of Brian McClair's staff travelled to Belgium over the next few weeks to watch Adnan play," Watson told manutd.com.
"It meant everybody pulling together. All of us were impressed with what we saw, and we recommended that the Academy should try to sign him as soon as possible. The general opinion from the Academy was that Adnan was a player with very high potential. With signing such players, things are rarely easy, but this one was different.
"Adnan only wanted to sign for Manchester United and that's the truth. There was loads of competition - there is all the time - and the boy and his family deserve full credit for the fact that they just wanted to come to Manchester United. It was a real coup for the Academy."
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