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21/12/2013 18:10, Report by Adam Marshall
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Boss protects Januzaj

Manchester United manager David Moyes is remaining protective of Adnan Januzaj after the exciting teenager was in the spotlight again during the win against West Ham.

The 18-year-old felt he should have earned a penalty after being barged over by Mark Noble before netting his first-ever goal at Old Trafford with a firm finish after a beautiful shimmy past James Collins.

An incident involving Welsh defender Collins also saw Januzaj booked for simulation when he went to ground as the centre-back shaped to make an aggressive challenge. It prompted questions about the matter but Moyes feels the attention was focused in the wrong direction.

Javier Hernandez was hurt by a poor tackle from George McCartney and required treatment, with referee Mike Jones opting to produce a yellow card for the offence - the same punishment that was meted out to Januzaj.

"It was a great goal," applauded the boss. "He’s got an array of goals and can score with both feet. 

"He showed composure in the box, sitting the player down to make the room to score. He’s an exceptional talent but he’s still 18 and we have to mindful of that. I thought there were a few things today when his youthfulness went ahead of him a bit but we’re really pleased by how he’s doing.

"I’m concerned with the number of tackles he’s having to deal with. If you look in every game, he’s

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