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Adnan Januzaj needs protection, says Moyes

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David Moyes has called for his young star Adnan januzaj to receive more protection but says he can learn from Lionel Messi on how to handle rough tackles.

Fulham's Sascha Riether has been charge by the FA following an apparent stamp on the 18-year-old during Manchester United's 3-1 at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Moyes admits that he failed to see the injury time incident along with referee Lee Probert but, upon reflection, believes Riether deliberately stamped on Januzaj.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Manchester United's Champions League tie against Real Sociedad, Moyes said: "I hadn't seen it until after the game, the view from the dugout made it impossible to see, but it's a bad stamp and it does look deliberate.

"It's over now but I do think Adnan is going to need a little bit more protection or we are going to find he is getting kicked up and down. I do think he deserves a little bit more than he is getting at this time."

Although demanding greater protection, Moyes also says that Januzaj must learn to deal with the excessive attention and says Lionel Messi of Barcelona can provide the perfect role model in that respect.

Messi has been frequently targeted by overzealous defenders during his days in the Nou Camp but it hasn't stopped him scoring record-breaking amounts of goals for Barcelona. 

"He only needs to look at Lionel Messi who is probably the best in the world at getting kicked, getting up and getting on with it and continuing to produce magic all the time.

"I'm not in any way comparing Adnan to Lionel Messi, so don't be saying that, but I'm certainly saying the way Lionel Messi gets up after being kicked, we hope that's the way Adnan continues to behave too. But he does need a little bit of protection.

"Somewhere along the line if he is going to continue playing in the fashion and style we want he'll need to get protection. It's up to referees to do what they think is right."

Januzaj has travelled with the squad to face Real Sociedad in the Basque region of Spain tomorrow evening.

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