It now gets worse for United boss Moyes - under FA investigation

David Moyes

In a results industry, Manchester United manager seemingly has nothing going his way right now.

The officiating of Manchester United's recent games - versus Tottenham Hotspur on New Year's Day - and in their League Cup semifinal encounter against Sunderland, have irked manager David Moyes to the extent that he claimed the club not only have to compete against their opposition, but also against referees, adding in his post-match offering on January 7 that the decision-making is 'terrible' and that they are starting to laugh at them.

United lost 2-1 to the Black Cats inside the Stadium of Light last night, but Moyes is alleged to have been incensed at Andre Marriner's awarding of a free-kick after a coming together of Jonny Evans and Stephan Fletcher, which Sunderland capitalised on to score the first goal.

Adam Johnson - cited as the super-sub by Gus Poyet - won a penalty decision after a Tom Cleverley foul, which Fabio Borini converted, much to Moyes' chagrin.

'We conceded a terrible first goal from the free-kick, but it was never a free-kick, it was our free-kick,' said an incensed Moyes, who didn't know whether to laugh or cry, said according to Sky Sports.

'I thought the referee was going to blow in our direction. I couldn't believe he gave a free-kick for that Jonny Evans challenge on Fletcher in the air, it was just a terrible decision. We've got an opposition to play and sometimes we've got other people to play at the moment.'

The FA are to investigate the statements: 'We are looking into David Moyes' comments to the media following the match at Sunderland,' a spokesperson said.

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