Midfielder’s cheating against Crystal Palace takes gloss off first league win at Old Trafford for new United boss. By Simon Williams at Old Trafford
Ashley Young is set to be called to the office of new Manchester United manager David Moyes after another diving incident involving the England midfielder.
A goal in each half from Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney gave the home side all three points in an unconvincing win.
But Young, who was warned by former manager Alex Ferguson about his theatrical dives, angered his current boss after being booked by referee Jon Moss for a dive midway through the first half.
“I’ve always said I don’t like diving. He deserved to get booked if he dived,” said Moyes, who has in the past criticised Phil Neville for going to ground too easily in a Merseyside derby.
“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.”
Just before half-time Young was at it again after tangling with Kagisho Dikgacoi before going to ground.
This time Moss took the bait and the home side were awarded a penalty.
Van Persie converted from the spot and the Eagles were reduced to 10 men when Dikgacoi was shown a red card — even though the initial contact was a yard outside the box.
Moyes was sympathetic towards the opposition, saying: “When I first saw it I thought it was just outside the box but in real time it was a very difficult decision.
“I don’t like the rule that every time someone is the last man they are sent off. If I was Ollie (opposite number Ian Holloway) I’d be disappointed. Unfortunately they are the rules and he was the last man.”
Rooney secured the points for the home side with a exquisite free-kick from 25 yards late in the second-half to secure Moyes his first home league win as United manager.
After being hit by a two-match touchline ban and £18,000 fine for his comments following an opening-day defeat to Spurs, Holloway opted to keep his counsel.
He said: “I can’t afford to tell you what I think. I would rather let everyone else judge for themselves because I’ve got my daughter’s wedding to pay for.”