Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj told: Be like Lionel Messi when hatchet-men chop you down

Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj told: Be like Lionel Messi when hatchet-men chop you down

Barcelona genius held up by David Moyes as example of a skillful player who takes a licking but keeps on ticking
I get knocked down, but I get up again... Januzaj can't let fouls put him off says Moyes
I get knocked down, but I get up again... Januzaj can't let fouls put him off says Moyes
Jamie McDonald
David Moyes has backed Manchester United rising star Adnan Januzaj to beat the bullies at home and abroad, writes David McDonnell in San Sebastian.
On Saturday, Januzaj was the victim of an alleged stamp by Fulham's Sascha Riether, who is now facing a three-match ban after being charged with violent conduct by the FA.
It was the latest bout of heavy-handed treatment dished out to the champions' 18-year-old starlet, who has become something of a target for the Premier League's hatchet-men this season.
Southampton and Stoke both had two players booked for fouls on the tricky winger, whose pace and quick feet leave many opponents with little choice but to chop him down.
But Moyes said Januzaj, expected to start against Real Sociedad here in Spain in the latest Champions League group game, has the temperament to deal with being targeted and said he only needed to look at Lionel Messi for the correct way to handle such treatment.
"We've spoken to him about it," said Moyes. "I've got to say he gets kicked up and down in training every day and gets on with it.
"He's learned from the good professionals that he's got to get on with it.
"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 Messi, but I'm certainly saying the way Messi gets up after being kicked, we hope that's the way Adnan continues to behave too.
Sascha Riether stamps Adnan Januzaj
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 "But he does need a little bit of protection. Somewhere along the line, if he's going to continue playing in a fashion and style we want, he'll need to get protection from it.
"It's up to referees to do what they think is right."
Moyes arrived here for Tuesday's match with a copy of Sir Alex Ferguson's recently-released autobiography - spotted in his luggage as he prepared to fly out from Manchester Airport.
But the United boss claimed - without much conviction, it has to be said - that he had not yet dipped into his predecessor's book.
Although, on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run -including four straight wins - after a sticky start to the season, a search for answers in Ferguson's controversial memoirs can probably wait.
For now, Moyes is doing it his way and reaping the benefits.
"I've not read it yet," said the former Everton boss when asked about Ferguson's book. "I've not opened a page yet.
"I feel we're playing better and getting some good results to go with it and long may that continue. But I certainly won't take anything for granted. I have a lot of respect for Sociedad and we'll have to play well if we're going to get those 10 points which will get us over the line.
"But we've got ourselves in a good position in the group and we have to try to maintain that."
Two wins and a draw in the first three group games have put United one victory away from the 10-point haul that should see them through to the last 16 - their consistency in Europe is in contrast to their hot-and-cold domestic form.
"I don't think there is anything which we've done differently," added Moyes, whose Reds beat Sociedad 1-0 at Old Trafford two weeks ago. "Everything we're doing in this Champions League [campaign] we're doing in the Premier League as well.
"But the players are used to it [Europe], hey are experienced at this level and that helps - we have got experienced players who are used to the Champions League, they are showing it in the games and I hope that continues."

 United travelled without injured defenders Jonny Evans and Rafael, and Moyes' team selection on Tuesday is likely to reflect the importance of Sunday's visit to Old Trafford by Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Moyes also stressed the importance of back-up striker Javier Hernandez, whose decision to retweet a story about him potentially leaving Old Trafford suggested he agreed with the sentiment.
"We need Javier Hernandez, he's very good for us," said Moyes. "He's scored a lot of goals over the last few years and he continues to do so and will continue to do so.
"Hopefully he'll continue to find those goals."

Real Sociedad vs Manchester United: Probable teams

Real Sociedad Bravo; C Martinez, Mikel Gonzalez, I Martinez, De La Bella; Zurutuza, Bergara, Prieto; Vela, Griezmann; Agirretxe.
Manchester United De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Cleverley, Fellaini; Valencia, Rooney, Januzaj; van Persie.

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