Wilkins criticises Man Utd winger Young after Sociedad dive row

Manchester United winger Ashley Young has been branded pathetic by former United and England midfielder Ray Wilkins after appearing to dive to win his side a penalty in the Champions League game at Real Sociedad, Sky Sports has reported.

Wilkins was working as a pundit covering the fixture for the broadcaster and after the match – which finished as a goalless draw with Robin van Persie striking the post from the spot kick – the former Chelsea assistant manager did not hold back on his thoughts regarding Young.

This is pathetic,” Wilkins said. “This is as bad for me as all these over-the-top tackles we’re getting at the moment because that is a conning of the referee. I just wish Ashley would cut this out because he’s a good player but he’s getting a bad name.

David Moyes, the United manager, had previously criticised Young for going to ground too easily but did not echo the condemnation this time. “I’ve seen it and the boy certainly tugs him in the box,” Moyes said. “The referee is two yards away from it and decides to give it.

All I know is he got a penalty kick from a decision; I don’t know about his reputation, but the referee is there and he gave it,” the former Everton boss added.

United ended the game with 10 men when Marouane Fellaini was shown a second yellow card in the 90th minute after a foul, one of 16 by United on the night – double the number committed by Sociedad.

The referee made decisions all night,” Moyes continued. “He’s the one who saw fit to award a penalty and send a player off.

United stay top of Group A, a point clear of Bayer Leverkusen, who also recorded a goalless draw in their game, away at Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainians are three points behind United, with Sociedad bottom of the table, having picked up their first point of the tournament.

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