Cardiff 2 Man United 2: David Moyes annoyed by ‘stupid’ late free-kick
Cardiff 2 Man United 2: David Moyes admitted his frustration after his side conceded a late equaliser in South Wales
David Moyes admitted his frustration after his Manchester United side conceded a late equaliser and were forced to settle for a draw at Cardiff City.
Wayne Rooney opened the scoring with a deflected strike after 15 minutes but ex-United striker Fraizer Campbell slotted home to equalise.
Patrice Evra then headed home Rooney’s corner to make it 2-1 to the visitors before half-time, before substitute Kim Bo-Kyung nodded past David De Gea to earn the hosts a dramatic late point.
“It’s just disappointment that we didn’t take all three points in the end,” said Moyes, whose side are sixth and seven points behind leaders Arsenal.
“Cardiff made a game of it and put us under some pressure. We gave away a stupid free-kick that led to the goal.
“All goals are poor when you concede. For the free-kick, we should never have put ourselves in that position and we didn’t defend it well enough.
“We had one or two chances ourselves to put the game to bed earlier. I think Danny Welbeck had a brilliant chance to make it 3-1 but we didn’t take it.”
Rooney was at the centre of controversy after he was shown only a yellow card for kicking out at Jordon Mutch early on.
But Moyes feels that the England international did not deserve anything more than a caution.
“I didn’t think he was fortunate to stay on the pitch,” said Moyes. “The boy runs across his path and there’s a bit of a tussle but I don’t think it deserved any more than a yellow card.
“That wasn’t a lash out in any way. It was more disappointment that he lost the ball.”
Meanwhile, Cardiff boss Malky Mackay was thrilled with the result as his side moved up to 15th place in the Premier League table.
“We played really well,” said Mackay. “That is the most complete first-half performance this season and we were playing against the champions.
“The belief to play like we did against a team like Manchester United. and press them high – that gives me the most pleasing aspect.”