Manchester United gaffer David Moyes claims young winger Adnan Janjuzaj will need “protection” from referees to be at the zenith of his performance on his route to stardom at Old Trafford.

The 18-year-old Belgian was subjected to a “deliberate” stamp by Fulham defender Sascha Riether in United’s 3-1 Premier League win at Craven Cottage.

The Fulham full back has now been charged with violent conduct for his stamp by the FA.

Speaking this afternoon in Spain ahead of United’s Champions League game at Real Sociedad, Moyes suggested he will need to be looked after and backed the youngster to emulate Lionel Messi’s doggedness with defenders.

Moyes said: ‘He is going to need some protection. He is getting kicked up and down. He deserves a little bit more (protection) than he is getting at this
moment in time. We have spoken to him about it and he is getting kicked up and down in training every day.

‘He is learning from the good pros he plays with and needs to follow the example of Lionel Messi who is the best in the world at getting kicked and getting up and getting on with producing magic.

‘I am not comparing him to Lionel Messi. But the way Messi gets up is a good example.’

Moyes, who did not see the stamp by Riether on Saturday, has now watched the incident again on TV.

‘It’s a bad stamp and it does look deliberate,’ he added. ‘That’s for the referee to deal with or for people [the FA] to look at. We wont ask for protection. We are not saying that. Its up to the referees to do it right.

‘But if he is going to play in the fashion we want then he is going to have to have some.’

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