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Manchester United manager David Moyes has defended Ashley Young against accusations he dived to earn his side a penalty against Real Sociedad on Tuesday night.

As it turned out, Robin van Persie missed it anyway.

However, former United captain Roy Keane was scathing in his analysis on ITV, claiming Young had “conned” Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli, who booked Markel Bergara for the challenge.

“I have seen it and the boy certainly tugs him in the box,” said the United manager.

“If you look the referee is two yards away from it and decided to give it.

“All I know is he got a penalty kick from a decision, I don’t know anything about reputations or anything.

“The referee was there. He made quite a lot of decisions tonight and that one he gave a penalty kick.”

Sociedad coach Jagoba Arrasate was less certain.

“I couldn’t really see it from the dug-out,” he said. “The player kind of folds. I would need to see all the replays from the TV.”

Keane was not the only ex-United player to condemn Young.

Ray Wilkins shared the Irishman’s thoughts, saying: “This is pathetic. This is as bad for me as all these over-the-top tackles we’re getting at the moment because that is a conning of the referee.

“I just wish Ashley would cut this out because he’s a good player but he’s getting a bad name.”

Former defender Paul McGrath – who like Young played for United and Aston Villa – feels the 28 year-old is detracting from what he can do on the field.

“I was disappointed with Ashley Young,” he told talkSPORT. “That was never a penalty.

“I genuinely believe he is a very good player but he’s got into this habit of tripping himself up if anyone bumps into him in the penalty area.

“It takes away from the fact he’s a brilliant footballer. He’s going to be left with the perception he’s the one who always dives in the penalty area.

“It’s not good for Manchester United and it’s not good for kids to see him doing that. I hate to see any player doing that sort of thing.”

Source: Telegraph

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