Cleverly seeking referee justice

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is not bothered about decisions evening themselves out - he just wants referees to get it right in the first place.

Tom Cleverly of Manchester United

The Red Devils are still seething at Howard Webb's refusal to award them a penalty during the latter stages of Wednesday's 2-1 defeat by Tottenham.

Viewing back the incident where Hugo Lloris came flying out to meet Ashley Young has made Howard Webb's call to wave play on no more fathomable to the United camp.

While manager David Moyes' post-match reaction has been claimed to be a diversionary tactic following a fourth home defeat of the campaign, which surely ends any hope of United retaining their Premier League title, it does not mean the Scot was wrong.

And being told United will probably get a decision in their favour at some random point in the future cuts little ice with Cleverley.

"I don't think they have to go for us," said the United and England midfielder.

"I just think the right decision has to be given on the day - and there were some poor ones.

"I am disappointed with that because we just didn't get the rub of the green."

If Young fails to recover in time to face Swansea in the FA Cup on Saturday following the sore shoulder he suffered on landing when trying to avoid Lloris' flying boot, Moyes will have even more reason to curse his luck.

For the midweek defeat has reignited the debate over this present United squad, who have so far collected just five points from eight games against their fellow top eight members this season and must now look to regain the form that saw them claim six successive wins prior to Tottenham's visit.

"The defeat hurts us because we were in good form and had a chance to generate more momentum against one of our rivals," said Cleverley.

"We didn't manage that, although it is the way we lost that leaves a sour taste in our mouths."

As cup combat has been where United have performed with the greatest consistency this season, the coming diversion is to be welcomed.

Swansea's visit to Old Trafford on Sunday is followed 48 hours later by a trip to Wearside for the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final with Sunderland.

"One hundred percent we are looking to bounce back," said Cleverley.

"There is plenty of silverware up for grabs. I've not won a lot of things so I want to win as much as I can."

United have not won the FA Cup since 2004, which is so long ago that new Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was introduced as a late substitute as the Red Devils overcame Millwall.

Of the present squad, only Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher have winner's medals, plus Robin van Persie from his Arsenal days.

It is a statistic Cleverley is keen to improve.

"The old manager really instilled into us the fact a lot of players in the squad haven't won the FA Cup," said Cleverley.

"Growing up as a lad, the FA Cup final was an iconic thing. The run starts on Sunday and hopefully we can progress."



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