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10 Howard Webb Mistakes Against Manchester United

02/01/2014 08:33 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 15:52 GMT
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MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 30: Rio Ferdinand protests to Referee Howard Webb as Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United is sent off during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at The City of Manchester Stadium on November 30, 2008 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

David Moyes was loathe to admit it, having lost six of his first 20 Premier League matches as Manchester United manager, but referees are human and will make mistakes.

Moyes skirted over not fielding a full-back at full-back, his paucity of midfield options or the worrying trend of diving by some of his United players, by labelling Howard Webb's performance at Old Trafford "scandalous". Hugo Lloris was fortunate not to have conceded a late penalty for his reckless and rash foul on Ashley Young, as Tottenham held on to their 2-1 advantage.

Webb, according to lore, is a United fan. This is because he erroneously gave them a penalty in a home match with Tottenham in 2009, when United were vying for the title with Liverpool. Two seasons later, then-Liverpool misfit Ryan Babel posted a photoshopped picture of him in a United kit on Twitter after he had the gall to send Steven Gerrard off at Old Trafford. Do you notice the trend?

Thanks to conspiratorial Liverpool fans, Webb-United jokes pollute the Twittersphere and will continue to until the Rotherham United supporter red cards half of Moyes's side. In an attempt to offer some perspective, here are 10 Webb errors which were to United's detriment.

Webb's mistakes against United