Friday 22 September 2017

Moyes refuses to condemn Young

Manchester United's manager David Moyes gestures during a training session
Manchester United's manager David Moyes gestures during a training session

Manchester United manager David Moyes insists he has no issue with Ashley Young over his conduct in Spain this week.

Young has been castigated for his behaviour in the Champions League encounter with Real Sociedad, when he went down under minimal contact from Markel Bergara.

Former United skipper Roy Keane said Young had "conned" the referee.

Another Red Devils old-boy Ray Wilkins said his antics had been "pathetic", while Dietmar Hamann labelled the winger "worse than Luis Suarez."

However, Moyes believes Young is paying for a bad reputation. "I do think there's a little bit of that."

"The referee was two yards away from it and gave a penalty. If you need to talk to anybody, you should ask the referee. I didn't see an issue at all."

Even those who have sympathy with Young over Bergara's tug on his shirt accept there was no need for Young to hit the deck in quite such a theatrical manner.

However, Moyes was unrepentant. "The question should be: 'Did the referee get the decision right or not?'" he said.

"He was two yards away from it. For me, where I was, I definitely thought it was a penalty."

Irish Independent

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