Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Talking Point

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Talking Point

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FEW neutrals will have shed too many tears as Ashley Young's penalty appeals were waved away by Howard Webb on New Year's Day.

Two wrongs don't make a right - but if the old adage of football evening itself out is true - then this was payback.

The winger's propensity to go to ground easily came back to haunt him as United's title hopes took a - ahem - dive.

David Moyes was rightly infuriated by Webb's failure to spot the foul by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Had the incident taken place anywhere else on the pitch then it is impossible not to imagine at least a foul being awarded and possibly a red card.

It is also hard to argue that Young was looking for the decision, with little choice but to go over the challenge of the Spurs goalkeeper.

Both Sir Alex Ferguson and Moyes have addressed the issue of Young's theatrics.

Neither new manager nor old wanted one of their players to earn a reputation - and incidents like Wednesday's supported that stance. …

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