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Man Utd ‘having to play referees’, says Moyes

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By Stephen Donovan

Wednesday 08 January 2014

Manchester United manager David Moyes has claimed that his team are ‘having to play referees’, following Tuesday’s defeat to Sunderland in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg, writes BBC Sport.

David Moyes

Moyes was unhappy with some of the decisions made by referee Andre Marriner and his fellow officials, which helped Sunderland take a 2-1 lead into the second leg of the tie, which takes place on January 22.

The Scot’s main complaint was about the penalty award - given by a linesman - which led to the home side’s winning goal, as Tom Cleverley brought down Adam Johnson just inside the 18-yard box. He also believed that the free-kick which led to the opener in first half stoppage time, should not have been given.

After the game, Moyes said: "We're having to play them [referees] as well as the opposition at the moment. It's really terrible. We're actually beginning to laugh at them. How could the linesman give that [the penalty]? The ref was looking straight at it but the linesman would have to have seen straight through Patrice Evra to give it.

"We had a player booked for a similar thing that they got a penalty for the other day. The decision for the first goal, I don't see how it was a free-kick - that doesn't take away our poor defending from the free-kick though."

The comments come just a week after Moyes labelled a decision not to award his side a penalty against Tottenham as ‘scandalous’. This latest defeat meant that Man Utd have now lost three consecutive games for the first time since 2001.

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