David Moyes has promised that Ashley Young will be fully reprimanded after he admitted that the winger tried to con the referee by going down easily in the penalty area during Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace today.
Young went down under a challenge from Palace’s Kagisho Dikgacoi during the first-half of the match but TV replays suggested that the 28-year-old wide-man had initiated the contact.
Moyes will be aware that Young has been condemned widely before for his perceived diving – including by former boss Sir Alex Ferguson – and the replays showed that Young moved his leg out in order for it to collide with Dikgacoi’s inside the box.
The United midfielder was booked by referee Jon Moss who was not fooled by Young’s attempt to mislead the officials.
“I don’t want my players diving,” said Moyes after the game.
“I don’t want anybody doing it. I’ll definitely say to Ash it’s not what I want. The boy (Dikgacoi) definitely throws his leg out but I think Ashley has put his leg into his leg. It is not what I want.”
It is good to hear that Moyes will discipline Young following his dive today but from the England internationals point of view, diving is a habit that he has to kick out of his game.
Young has spoken out before against claims that he simulates in order to con the officials, claiming that he is not a cheat, yet he continues to dive.
Ashley Young 9/6/12: "I'm not a cheat. I'm not a diver. I go out to play football fairly and I've done that ever since I was young"
— Daniel Taylor (@DTathletic) September 14, 2013
Asked about Young being booked for diving, Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway remained as tight lipped as he could following his run-in with the FA already this season but his frustration was clear.
He said: “I don’t like to talk about other people’s players. But if you want to come with me to the pub later I will tell you what I really think.”
Later on in the half, the pair tangled again as Dikgacoi brought down Young, down whilst through on goal and Moss awarded the penalty and dismissed the Palace midfielder. Replays suggest the foul was outside the box.
“I don’t like the rule where every time it is the last man it means it is (a red card), but unfortunately that is the rule” said Moyes.