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Manchester United youngster not afraid of bullies

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Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj will not be deterred by the Premier League's bully boys and is more than capable of looking after himself, according to the club's manager David Moyes.

Januzaj continues to impress with his performances for the champions, and played a vital hand in helping secure a late victory against Stoke City on Saturday afternoon, having come off the bench.

Given his slight frame, there have been some fears the 18-year-old may struggle to mix it with the more aggressive sides in the division, but Moyes believes Januzaj will be able to cope just fine.

"If ever there was a boy who can take it, it will be him," Moyes told reporters.

"You just hope the referees give him the correct protection, and I'm sure they will, but he won't be moaning about it.

"He's a great lad and he'll bounce up and get on with it. You can kick him as hard as you like and it won't affect him."

Januzaj's reputation has skyrocketed since his brace against Sunderland earlier this month gave Manchester United victory at the Stadium of Light, and prompted the club to push through a new contract.

The teenager committed his Old Trafford future last week, by signing a new five-year deal with Manchester United that will see his salary increase significantly.

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