News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United were defeated 2-1 by Sunderland on Tuesday evening in the first leg clash of their Capital One Cup semi-final.
United were undone via a controversial penalty decision awarded to Sunderland from which Fabio Borini scored the winner.
Manager David Moyes ‘slammed’ referee Andre Mariner in his post-match press conference for the free-kick decision that led to the Black Cats’ winning goal.
"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,” said Moyes.
"We've got an opposition to play and sometimes we've got other people to play at the moment."
The FA are going to investigate Moyes’ criticism of referee Andre Mariner and decide whether to take further action against the Red Devils boss for his comments.
Fullback Rafael is ‘concerned’ over another late goal conceded from a set-piece. The Brazilian told MUTV:
"We conceded two goals - one was from a free-kick and another one was a penalty. I think, when we stop conceding these type of goals, we can improve. So we just need to fix this.”
Veteran midfield ace Ryan Giggs supported the manager’s criticism of the referee and expressed his ‘regret’ at the team’s ‘back luck’ against Sunderland.
“I thought both decisions were harsh,” Giggs told MUTV. “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 [Vidic] and it looked like there was only going to be one winner. We created enough chances, but unfortunately the decisions went against us.”
In transfer news, The Mirror reports that Barcelona are eyeing United captain Nemanja Vidic following a statement made by the skipper’s agent this week that he will not be extending his contract at Old Trafford beyond June this year.
Meanwhile, Match of the Day anchor Gary Lineker believes the squad needs strengthening and that it is unfair to judge the manager.
“Not fair to judge Moyes until he's had a decent crack of the whip in the transfer market. He knows the squad needs massively strengthening,” wrote Lineker on his Twitter account.
However, his Sky Sports counterpart Jamie Redknapp stated the squad needs a 'complete overhaul' in order to compete under David Moyes.
"Moyes needs more than one or two new signings - he needs five or six," said Redknapp.
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