Manchester United manager blames referee for Sunderland defeat

Just a week into 2014 and the Red Devils have already suffered three consecutive defeats, with Sunderland claiming a semi-final first leg victory at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night.

Manchester United manager blames referee for Sunderland defeat

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January 8th, 2014

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A Ryan Giggs own goal and a Fabio Borini penalty ensured that Gus Poyet’s team hold a narrow advantage over Manchester United ahead of the second leg at Old Trafford, with Nemanja Vidic heading an equaliser before Tom Cleverley conceded a spot kick in the second half.

This defeat follows hard on the heels of reverses against Tottenham and Swansea City, although David Moyes felt a sense of injustice at the final whistle, pointing the finger at the match referee and citing the officiating as the main reason why the team lost the match.

Andre Marriner awarded a free-kick to Sunderland which led to the opening goal on the stroke of half-time, while the arbiter pointed to the spot after Adam Johnson had been felled by Cleverley.

“We’re having to play them as well as the opposition at the moment,” he said. “It’s really terrible, it really is. We’re actually beginning to laugh at them, that’s the thing.

“I thought the referee was going to blow in our direction for the first goal. I couldn’t believe he gave a free-kick. It was a terrible decision. 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. The centre-half and the centre-forward jumped together and he gave them a free-kick.”

Moyes defended the performance of his team and claimed there was plenty to like about the display from the visitors apart from a shaky start.

“I have always been happy with how they players have been responding,” he said. “I thought they were good tonight, apart from the opening 15 minutes.”

The United manager believes that a winning run is just around the corner starting with Swansea at home this weekend. When asked what is keeping the Scot positive, he said: “Well, because I have been here before. I have done it before, I’m experienced and I just sense that it’s just on the verge of turning. I sense that we are about to get a bit better.”

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