Manchester United boss David Moyes has called on the FA to throw a protective arm around Adnan Januzaj.
The teenager has burst onto the Premier League scene this season, but he still has some filling out to do, and Moyes feels opposing teams could target him.
Fulham defender Sascha Riether has been charged by the FA for stamping on Januzaj on Saturday, and Moyes wants the authorities to nip it in the bud, report the Mail's Ian Ladyman and Sami Mokbel.
Speaking ahead of United's clash with Real Sociedad in the Champions League, 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.
Per Ladyman and Mokbel, Moyes has urged Januzaj to learn from the best:
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.