David Moyes has admitted Manchester United can’t afford to concede late goals as the one that deprived of two points against Cardiff yesterday, or else their chances of retaining the league are going to be all but gone in the next couple of months.
United led 2-1 going into the final exchanges of the game but were pegged back by a Kim Bo-Kyung header in the first of four minutes of added time, after Chris Smalling had given away a free-kick.
It’s the second time this season United have dropped points late in the game, after Southampton secured a late draw at Old Trafford in September and had United managed to see off both games, they’d now be only three points adrift of league leaders Arsenal, rather than lying in sixth place, seven points off the pace.
Moyes was disappointed by the result, even though it extended United’s unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions.
“I’m disappointed, we should have won it,” said Moyes.
“We were on a pretty good run and that is a blow because we can’t keep dropping points when we are winning.
“Similar to the Southampton match, when we had the game under control and conceded from a set-piece. It cost us ultimately. We lost concentration. We also gave away a stupid free-kick which led to the goal.
“I know we could have played better but we should have won it.”
Moyes refused to blame Wayne Rooney for a first half incident in which the United striker petulantly kicked out at Cardiff’s Jordon Mutch and was arguably lucky to escape only with a yellow card.
“I don’t think it is any more than a booking,” said the United manager.
“I thought Mutch runs across his path.
“He runs down the line of the ball and Wayne is half in motion.”
With trips to Leverkusen and Tottenham over the next six days, United can’t afford any more mistakes.