Wednesday, January 08, 2014


Not a happy man: United boss David Moyes said his side had to play against the officials as well as Sunderland

Manchester United manager, David Moyes was plunged deeper into crisis as his side crashed to their third consecutive defeat in a week for the first time since 1992 and he blamed the referee for the defeat.

In a match that has former iconic manager SirAlex Ferguson looking on, a Ryan Giggs own goal in first-half stoppage time and a controversial Fabio Borini penalty consigned the guys from Old Trafford to a 2-1 first-leg reverse in the Capital One Cup semi-final. 

Moyes, then complained afterwards that United are 'having to play' the referees as well as the opposition.

Moyes said: 'After the first 15 minutes I thought we were very good. We defended a terrible free-kick, but how the referee has given a free-kick for that is way beyond me.

'I just cannot see how that is a free-kick. 'And the penalty? We had a player booked for that the other day against Tottenham. 
Spot of bother: Tom Cleverley brings down Adam Johnson and concedes a penalty

The  referee is in a great position to look  at it, down the line, 15 yards, and the linesman gives it from behind and he cannot see through Patrice Evra. 

‘That is what we’re finding at the moment. The performance was good without having the last bit.
Making the call: Referee Andre Marriner points to the penalty spot

‘We need a couple of fair decisions. We had a couple of penalty kicks against Tottenham and we have one given against us tonight for that. My goodness, give me strength.’
The former Everton manager, then went on to say, that the loss to Sunderland at the stadium of light is a good omen as he feels things will turn around for the better for his team.

‘I have experience and I can sense it’s on the verge of turning. I sense we’re about to get a bit better.’ 
Not impressed: Patrice Evra argues with referee Marriner
Moyes will hope to have strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie fit for the second leg.

But there is more concern for the manager with United captain Nemanja Vidic set to leave Old Trafford this summer after his agent said he is unlikely to sign a new contract.

Downbeat: Adnan Januzaj and Danny Welbeck look gloomy as they have to kick-off again
Vidic’s four-year deal runs out at the end of the season and talks over a new one have stalled, with  Italian clubs Inter Milan, Fiorentina and Napoli monitoring the situation.

Tuesday night’s win for Sunderland was their first over United for 20 games. And manager Gus Poyet, whose side are bottom of the league, was at a loss to explain their excellent cup form.

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