David Moyes

Manchester United manager David Moyes has ripped into referee Andre Marriner after seeing his side lose 2-1 away to Sunderland in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final.

It all stems from a penalty Marriner awarded the Black Cats a penalty in the 64th minute following a clumsy tackle Adam Johnson by Tom Cleverley that on-loan striker Fabio Borini had no trouble firing home from the spot.

It is the third successive defeat for United their worst run of form since May of 2001 that has the under pressure Moyes complaining about the decisions that have gone against the Red Devils.

When speaking to Sky Sports after the match Moyes said: “We had a player booked for the same challenge the other day, for doing the same thing. It’s up to the referees; they’re making their minds up.

“It looks as if we’re having to play them as well as the opposition at the moment.

“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.”