14/01/2014 09:27, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Januzaj showing character

Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister has praised Adnan Januzaj's attitude to the physical tactics opponents have used to combat him since he burst onto the scene earlier this season.

The 18-year-old's fleet-footed approach has posed problems for defences ever since he shot to national attention with two goals in his first start in the Barclays Premier League, at Sunderland on 5 October.  

While calling for referees to protect the youngster from some physical treatment, David Moyes has also demanded that Januzaj deal positively with this approach. Ex-Red Pallister, meanwhile, is impressed with the results so far.

"He is an outstanding talent," Pallister told "The way he has been playing tells you an awful lot about the character of the boy.

"The manager has talked about the kicks and the physical attention Adnan gets, and you can see that in every game. He does get targeted – in the Sunderland semi-final he got a couple of bad tackles, which I don't think the referee dealt with very well."

Januzaj's latest performance, in the 2-0 win over Swansea, saw the teenager pull the strings in different roles either side of a half-time tactical switch by manager David Moyes, earning Adnan the Man of the Match award. Pallister is delighted with how the youngster has quickly learned to cope with the close attention he now receives to turn in such influential displays while still being inexperienced.

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