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Sunday 18 March 2018

Old Trafford boss laments another late letdown

Jack Pitt-Brooke

DAVID MOYES last night rued the "blow" of another late equaliser and warned his Manchester United players that they cannot afford to keep dropping points.

United moved up to sixth in the Premier League table after taking a point, but they would have returned to the top four for the first time since August, and overtaken Manchester City, had they held on to their 2-1 lead.

On October 19, United drew 1-1 at home to Southampton, for whom Adam Lallana bundled in a last-minute free-kick, and Moyes was frustrated at what felt like a repeat.

"I am disappointed," he said. "Like Southampton, we had it under control with a minute to go, but we conceded from a set-piece and it cost us."

United are now unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions, but this ended their three-game league winning streak after victories over Stoke City, Fulham and Arsenal.

"We have been on a pretty good run, but this is a blow. We cannot keep dropping two points from where we are."

Moyes was unhappy with his side's midfield struggles, admitting: "We could have played better. We didn't have a lot of rhythm in the second half."

The United manager was frustrated that Cardiff's stoppage- time equaliser came from a re-taken free-kick after Gary Medel appeared to slap Marouane Fellaini as Peter Whittingham was delivering the ball for the first time.


"If you slap someone in the face then you would expect some action to be taken. We actually lost our concentration as the referee gave them a talking to. It gave them two bites at the cherry because they had already delivered the first ball."

Moyes defended Wayne Rooney, saying that he was "frustrated with the guy who had run across his path" and that he "didn't think it warranted more than a yellow."

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, who was delighted with his team's performance, was relaxed about Rooney's booking even though he scored United's first and made the second.

"Some referees might have sent him off, but I thought overall the referee had a good game and handled it well," he said.

Mackay was thrilled with the football his team played. "The first half was one of the most complete of the season so far – to have the belief to play like that against a team like Manchester United was fantastic. I was delighted from the first minute to the last," he said.

"I take the work ethic as a given, but what I loved more about the team today was the belief to play at this level, to work their way up the pitch with the ball. That is the confidence that they are showing, and I know they've got it, to compete at this level and to compete well." (© Independent News Service)

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