David Moyes claimed Manchester United may not get another penalty this season if Howard Webb did not deem Hugo Lloris’ challenge on Ashley Young at Old Trafford worthy of a spot-kick.
Young sustained a nasty bang on the shoulder as he tumbled taking evasive action from Lloris’ flying tackle late on in United’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham.
But because the England winger got his shot in first, referee Howard Webb took no action.
Even Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood accepted it was probably a foul, whilst making no apology for his side escaping without sanction, but Moyes was livid.
“If that isn’t given a penalty, I don’t think we will get any more in the league this season,” said Moyes.
“It is reckless, it is late, it is in the penalty box. I don’t know what else you can say.
“It was scandalous. If you follow through on a player anywhere else on the pitch with your foot high, it would be a sending off and a red card. You couldn’t do that anywhere else.
“It’s an incredible decision which didn’t go our way, in fact probably one of the worst I think I saw.”
Moyes’ fury was compounded by Adnan Januzajbeing booked for diving for the third time this season, even though the challenge he went down under, from Danny Rose, was a pretty firm one.
“Have you seen that decision? That is a terrible decision,” said Moyes.
“Adnan has got bumped. The boy has tried to edge him off the ball.”
In addition, there was a claim very early in the contest, when Lloris appeared to handle outside his own area, which would have resulted in the Frenchman being red carded.
On that ruling, Moyes was more forgiving.
He rejected the notion that Webb may have been overcompensating for claims on social media – totally unfounded – that the South Yorkshire official is a United fan.
“I don’t know anything about that,” said Moyes.
“I am trying to be fair and only pick up on things that are so far one way, and the first one, I think the linesman gets it right, it’s on the line.”