Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Moyes Refuses to Blame Referee for Cats' Defeat; Ref Not to Blame for Loss, Says Wear Boss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Moyes Refuses to Blame Referee for Cats' Defeat; Ref Not to Blame for Loss, Says Wear Boss

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Twitter: @sturayner

SUNDERLAND 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 3 DAVID Moyes refused to blame referee Craig Pawson as Sunderland suffered their third defeat in eight days, and their 21st of the season.

The Black Cats were already trailing to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal, but Sebastian Larsson's red card a minute before the end of first-half regulation time killed the game as a contest.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled Manchester United's lead 47 seconds into the second half and Marcus Rashford completed a 3-0 win late on.

Larsson was shown a straight red for going into a tackle on Ander Herrera with his studs showing. It looked harsh, and manager Moyes disagreed with the decision, but was unwilling to use it as a smokescreen.

"I was disappointed we've not taken anything but there were a couple of things didn't go for us," said the Scot, who said he would weigh up whether to appeal the ruling.

"I'm not saying that would have made the big difference because Manchester United had good control but we were in the game, we were in the game and it was key that we remained in the game. I think it (Larsson's dismissal) changed that.

"I don't want in any way to blame referees because our position is where we are, we're bottom of the league, I want to make that clear. It's nothing to do with referees but I didn't think it was a good decision.

"I don't want to make out it's the Turn to Page 46 FROM BACK PAGE referee's fault but he (Larsson) gets the ball, he touches the ball, and there's no contact at all. It's not even a booking."

It was the fifth red card Pawson has shown in this season's Premier League.

Only Andre Marriner and Stuart Attwell have shown more. Victor Anichebe made only his second start of the calendar year and Moyes felt he should have had a penalty when he appeared to be clipped before forcing a Sergio Romero save from Billy Jones' second-half cross.

He said: "You'll probably say it was a penalty kick on Victor. …

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