David Moyes labelled Manchester United’s match-winner Adnan Januzaj a "special talent" after his double against Sunderland on Saturday.
The 18-year-old struck twice in six second-half minutes to seal United's win a cap his first Premier League start with a 2-1 victory.
He followed in the footsteps of Ruud van Nistelrooy scoring twice on his league debut and Moyes hailed his influence.
He said: "I would have started him three or four weeks ago but for different reasons I just didn't quite get it the way I wanted it to go or he would have played before now he has been that good.
"I said earlier I gave Wayne (Rooney) his debut at 16 and gave Ross Barkley his debut at 16, I have given a few a debut but Adnan is certainly up at the level of those boys.
"He is older, he is 18 but still very young for a Premier League player if you look at the ages of the boys who normally come into the teams nowadays."
United made the worst possible start to the game as Craig Gardner capitalised on some sloppy defending to give the hosts the lead but Moyes insisted he was happy with the overall performance from his side.
"Well I didn't think we deserved to be down," he added. "We deserved it because we gave away a terrible goal and we also needed a wonder save from David De Gea becuase it could have been 2-0.
"But if that had happened it would have been completely unjust. We dominated the game and carved out many openings but we had loads of the ball and crosses.
"I thought the way we played in the first half if we could continue that and cut out mistakes in the second half we would win the game and that's what we done."
United's win moves them back into the top half of the Premier League table with 10 points from their opening seven matches.
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