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Moyes lashes out at match officials

London: David Moyes has lashed out following a third successive defeat by claiming that his Manchester United side are playing against the match officials as well as the opposition now that he is manager.

The Scot resorted to the classic deflection technique of under-fire managers after a shock defeat, by attacking the match officials. Moyes admitted United fans had “probably never seen it as bad” as this, but he also played the hard-done-by card after referee Andre Marriner awarded Sunderland a controversial penalty.

United, who lost 1-2, had equalised at the start of the second half thanks to Nemanja Vidic’s header, which cancelled out Ryan Giggs’ own goal, but they crashed to yet another defeat when Tom Cleverley turned his back on Adam Johnson inside the area and was judged to have brought the winger down.

“I feel we are having to play the opposition and the officials,” said Moyes, after Fabio Borini had converted the spot kick “They gave a free-kick on the first goal that I couldn’t believe.

“Maybe I have got to understand that’s what happens at Manchester United. They are certainly not giving us much at this moment in time. For the penalty, the linesman gives it, but he can’t see through Patrice Evra. The referee is looking right at it and is in a very good position — not too close, not too far away, but he turns around. The linesman gives it.

“I just think it is incredible when you think we didn’t get one the other week for the (Hugo Lloris) challenge against Tottenham. It’s hard to take… It really is.”

“We had a brilliant support. Our support was fantastic, the way they supported me and the club tonight was nothing short of exceptional,” gushed Moyes.