Moyes defends Ashley Young's controversial dive
Young’s controversial dive resulted in a penalty against Real Sociedad in the group stages of the Champions League is causing a lot that a lot of football critics are quick to criticize.
Yesterday night Young took a dive inside Real Sociedad’s penalty box area and Mancester United was awarded a penalty. With Van Persie up to take the shot, he missed it.
David Moyes however, has backed up Young and defended him in the media. “I have seen it and the boy certainly tugs him in the box," the United manager told The Telegraph.
“If you look the referee is two yards away from it and decided to give it.”
“All I know is he got a penalty kick from a decision, I don't know anything about reputations or anything.”
Young has gained a reputation of going down too early on the pitch. Perhaps Young is now facing a battle to save his reputation and a future career at United.
Previous legends associated with the club have commented on the matter. All of which, are not agreeing with current manager David Moyes. Sir Alex Ferguson admits in his autobiography that Young had faced this problem in the past and was benched because of it. “I left him out of the next game and told him that the last thing he needed as a Manchester United player was a reputation for going down easily. It wasn't a penalty kick against QPR and Shaun Derry's sending-off was not rescinded.
Ashley did it two weeks in a row, but we stopped it. Going to ground too easily was not something I tolerated,” Sir Alex Ferguson continued.
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane also disapproved of the move. He claims that Young “conned” the referee who booked Markel Bergara for the challenge.
As Sir Alex Ferguson said, a reputation of the sort is not something any player would want to be known for. The upcoming January transfer window could offer Young a fresh start at another club. However, for the time being, he has to work on repairing his reputation and relationship with United’s supporters.
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