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The manager says the teenager, who did not even make the matchday squad for the midweek clash with Manchester City, has played an "incredible" amount of games this season.

David Moyes says Adnan Januzaj's recent omissions from Manchester United's team have been to protect the youngster from burnout.

The 19-year-old attacker made an electric introduction to his Old Trafford career, scoring twice on his first Premier League start at Sunderland in October and impressing many with his tricky wing play.

But Januzaj has featured just twice in March, missing out on the matchday squad altogether for Tuesday's loss to Manchester City.

United hosts Aston Villa on Saturday before a Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford, and Moyes insists the winger is still a big part of his plans.

"I think Adnan has played an incredible amount of games for a 19-year-old," the manager told reporters. "We have to be mindful of that. We have seen signs in training that we have to be careful what we do with him.

"He is a great talent and he is someone we know will go a long way at Manchester United. But we are just being careful with him. We have to do the right things and he has played a lot of football."

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