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Manchester United boss David Moyes think ‘diver should be punished retrospectively’ following his side’s 2-0 victory against a ten-man Crystal Palace team after referee Jon Moss dismissed Kagisho Dikgacoi after Ashley Young dived in the penalty area to earn the Red Devils a penalty and subsequently the opening via Robin van Persie’s conversion of the spot-kick.
"I don't want my players diving. It's not what I want," Moyes said.
Moyes also confirmed he has spoken to Young about ‘simulation’ following the incident on Saturday.
"You can never be sure it won't happen again but I have had a word with him privately," said Moyes.
"I said after the game and I have said for many years diving is something we should have retrospective video for.”
Moyes also insisted Wayne Rooney is not a midfielder as the boss sees it, despite the England number 10’s deeper role for the champions since the arrival of Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie last summer.
"I can only see Wayne playing up top and playing as a forward for us. I don't have a goals target for him. But his targets have been big in recent years,” explained the Scot.
"He has developed into one of those centre-forwards who drops into spaces to pick the ball up. He plays in a slightly different way so you have to appreciate him for what he does and his style of play. That's what he is."
United outsider Shinji Kagawa has trained with the squad ahead of United’s Champions League fixture with Bayer Leverkusen in midweek, after being excluded from David Moyes’ line-up for the previous four games this season.
Meanwhile, Robin van Persie hopes to stay at United beyond his three years left on his current contract with the Red Devils.
"I have three more years to go and I would like to stay longer," he told MUTV.
In transfer news, United favourite Cristiano Ronaldo signed a new contract with Real Madrid, ruling out a return to Old Trafford in the near future. The £75 million deal will keep him at the Bernabeu until 2018.
Meanwhile, United striker Federico Macheda has joined Doncaster on loan for the remainder of the season.
David Moyes is ‘excited by Europe’ ahead of United’s clash with German side Bayer Leverkusen.
“I've been excited about it ever since I've joined Manchester United," he told reporters on Monday.
"Every game has offered a new challenge and a tough one as well. I've been there before with Everton - we didn't quite make the group stages but this is different. This is a club that's used to getting to the latter stages.”
A preview of United ‘s Champions League opener can be found here via the Manchester Evening News.
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