The Football Association is set to investigate under-fire Manchester United manager David Moyes after he claimed that his side are ‘having to play officials as well as the opposition’ following Tuesday’s Capital One Cup defeat at Sunderland, reports Sky Sports.
Moyes was furious with referee Andre Marriner’s decision to award Sunderland a free-kick which led to Sunderland’s first goal, after an aerial duel between Jonny Evans and Stephen Fletcher.
He was further bemused by the official’s decision to award a penalty to Sunderland after Tom Cleverly was adjudged to have fouled Adam Johnson in the box.
Fabio Borini tucked in the resulting penalty to make it three successive defeats for Manchester United, equalling their worst run in 13 years.
Moyes said: “It’s really terrible, it really is, we’re actually beginning to laugh at them.
“We just need to keep going, we didn’t do an awful lot wrong. We conceded a terrible first goal from the free-kick, but it was never a free-kick, it was our free-kick.
“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.”
Prior to this, Moyes had previously claimed the referees decision not to award a late penalty in his side’s 2-1 defeat by Tottenham at Old Trafford on January 1st as a ‘scandalous decision’.
The FA is also said to be investigating at least two incidents involving flares and smoke bombs during the game at the Stadium of Light.
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