Moyes criticizes referee after 2-1 defeat to Sunderland in Capital One Cup
Manchester United manager launched a scathing attack at match referees after his sides 2-1 defeat against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup semifinal at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday. The Old Trafford boss is expected to receive word from the Football Association for his critical comments.
Moyes smiled as criticized the match referee, well aware that his misfortunes on the field were going to follow him now. The Scotsman said he was under “no pressure whatsoever” ahead of the second leg of the Capital Once Cup semifinal at Old Trafford, although his side succumbed to their third straight defeat.
Moyes was furious at the decisions from match referee Andre Marriner, who gave Sunderland a penalty kick for a challenge from Tom Cleverley on Adam Johnson. Moyes claims Johnson took a tumble inside the box, something the referee should have spotted.
“We had a player booked for the same challenge the other day,” Moyes told Sky Sports after the game. “We are talking about them [referees] again aren't we. It looks as if we are having to play them as well as the opposition at the moment. It's terrible, it really is. We are actually beginning to laugh at them [match officials], that's the thing.”
Moyes reserved special praise for the Manchester United’s travelling fans. The Scotsman said that he was proud and happy to see the support from Manchester United fans and admitted that his side didn’t deserve to go down against a team that was at the bottom of the Premier League.
“Our crowd were unbelievable tonight, they were fantastic and the support they gave me especially was terrific,” Moyes said. “The players deserved it [the support] because they did well. This is a two-legged game and I'm really looking forward to the second game now.
“I can tell by the reaction in the dressing room that we will do everything we can to get it right. The players put in a strong performance tonight and it just didn't quite come off, but it will come, I can sense it.”
Moyes hopes for an early return of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. When questioned whether either one of the players will be available for the second leg against Sunderland Moyes admitted he wasn’t sure about their return schedule.