Giggs enlightens Moyes over refereeing bother: Harsh decisions but...

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Veteran player-coach Ryan Giggs backs Moyes, believes decisions against Manchester United were harsh, but mistakes were still made.

The difference in post-match reaction between Manchester United manager David Moyes and player/coach Ryan Giggs, no matter how slight, is demonstrative of how the latter can shoulder responsibility while the former attempted to detract attention away from his own side's failings and onto the performance of the referee.

In the case of United's 2-1 defeat to Sunderland away from home in the first leg of the League Cup semifinal, that referee was Andre Marriner, a man in black whom, like others who are not named by Moyes, represents an additional body - one outside of their regular match-day opponents - who the reigning Premier League champions have to compete against.

The issues Moyes had were a contentious free-kick given away by Jonny Evans, which Sunderland scored from, and a late penalty call awarded to Adam Johnson, that was scored by Fabio Borini.

Said Giggs to MUTV: 'I thought both decisions were harsh.'

Because of Moyes' comments, by implying referees - particularly Marriner - were not impartial and out to effectively penalise United at any opportune moment, he will face an FA probe.

Giggs' comment appears to back Moyes, however, he does go on to offer an enlightening addition that both Moyes - and the entire United playing staff - should take heed from. That is, rather than stop playing to bemoan a decision, continue, defend, play the game and compete.

'I thought the first one was a free-kick to us - but saying that, we still have got to defend the free-kick. We got punished for that, but we were getting back into the game with a great header from Nemanja, and it looked like there was only going to be one winner.'

United had 57% of the possession, 16 shots compared to Sunderland's nine and hit the target on four occasions, to Sunderland's three.

He added: 'We created enough chances, but unfortunately the decisions went against us. We were quite happy with our performance. We felt we did enough to at least get a draw, although I think we can work on the quality of our crosses and shots when we get into the final third.

'The only chances they [Sunderland] really had were set-pieces. It was just one of those nights.'

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