David Moyes Supports Ashley Young Against Latest Diving Controversy

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 8, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Ashley Young (L), Wayne Rooney (R) and manager David Moyes of Manchester United in action during a training session ahead of their Champions League Group A match against Shakhtar Donetsk at their Carrington Training Complex on October 01, 2013 in Manchester, England (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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David Moyes hasn't spoken to Ashley Young about his most recent case of alleged diving and claims we should look at the performances of referees in more detail.

That's according to a Press Association release (h/t The Guardian) following United's 0-0 draw at Real Sociedad in midweek, where Robin van Persie failed to convert a penalty that was controversially won by his midfield teammate.

Speaking on the allegations surrounding Young, Moyes said, per the release:

The referee was two yards away from it and gave a penalty. If you need to talk to anybody, you should ask the referee. I didn't see an issue at all.

He [referee Nicola Rizzoli] refereed the Champions League final so you are expecting him to be as qualified as anybody. If anything you should be more talking about the referee than the player.

Moyes was also asked whether he thinks Young has built up a reputation for simulation and so is judged more on his past than on reality. Moyes replied, "I do think a little bit of that."

Since coming to Old Trafford, Young has had a difficult time acclimating to the demands of his Old Trafford surroundings and hasn't scored a Premier League goal since the 2011/12 campaign.

Earlier this season, a similar furore surrounded the 28-year-old when a penalty was given because Young had gone down in the penalty area, on that occasion under the challenge of Kagisho Dikgacoi.

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The Guardian's Daniel Taylor reported Moyes was slightly less sympathetic toward his player in that case.

"I've always said I don't like diving," Moyes said, per Taylor's report. "Ash has put his leg into the lad's leg. The boy definitely puts his leg out and, rightly so, he deserved to get booked. I don't want my players diving. I don't want anybody doing it. I'll definitely say to Ash it's not what I want."

As one can see, there's a stark difference between the two reactions, although each scenario should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Moyes raises an interesting point that the alleged offenders tend to draw more of the attention after incidents involving simulation accusations.

However, there is cause to think it's our officials who might need to be looked at in these cases, with retrospective action being one of the plausible routes.

Young hasn't played in a Premier League game since September but will once again look to break into the team ahead of a vital fixture against Arsenal this weekend.

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