Moyes defensive over Young penalty claims

Last Updated: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:36

Manchester United boss David Moyes refused to criticise Ashley Young for winning a penalty against Real Sociedad on Tuesday.

Referee Nicola Rizzoli booked Markel Bergara for the tackle on the winger, but contact did appear to be minimal and Young appeared to go down easily to win the spot-kick.

Young has been criticised for diving before and former United skipper Roy Keane said he "conned the referee" during a scathing attack during his after-match analysis on ITV.

However, manager David Moyes adopted a more defensive tone.

"I have seen it and the boy certainly tugs him in the box," said the United boss. "If you look the referee is two yards away from it and decided to give it.

"All I know is he got a penalty kick from a decision, I don't know anything about reputations or anything. The referee was there. He made quite a lot of decisions tonight and that one he gave a penalty kick."

United will be without Marouane Fellaini when they visit Bayer Leverkusen in three weeks' time after the Belgian was sent off in stoppage time for two yellow card offences.

"As I said earlier regarding the penalty kick the referee made decisions all night," added Moyes. "He is the one who must have seen fit both to award a penalty and send a player off.

"I thought he made some strange decisions all night and that was another one of them."

Javier Hernandez, who has scored three times in his last two games, was guilty of missing a great chance from inside the six-yard box which he blasted over the bar, as the ball bobbled up slightly.

"The miss from Javier was an opportunity," said Moyes. "To be fair to him the ball bobbled up. It just comes off the ground a little bit before it gets to him.

"But he gets in those positions week in, week out and that is where he gets his goals from."

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