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Moyes rues United set-piece weakness

November 25, 2013
By Richard Jolly, ,

David Moyes believes Manchester United’s set-piece frailties have cost them four points already this season after Cardiff snatched a 2-2 draw against the defending champions on Sunday.

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GettyImages David Moyes has highlighted Manchester United's defending of set-plays as a weakness.

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City’s South Korean substitute Kim Bo-Kyung headed a late leveller from Peter Whittingham’s injury-time free kick.

And it reminded Moyes of October’s 1-1 draw against Southampton at Old Trafford when Adam Lallana equalised in the 89th minute after United failed to defend Luke Shaw’s corner.

Moyes said: "I’m disappointed. It’s similar to Southampton where we had the game in our control with a minute to go and conceded from a set-piece. It's cost us, ultimately."

He then told the BBC: "We don’t defend it well enough and the boy Whittingham puts in a really good ball. We were close but it’s now happened in two games, Southampton and this game, where we have lost points in the last minute."

If United, who had a reputation for scoring late goals under Sir Alex Ferguson, had hung on to win both games, they would be second in the Premier League table.

Instead they are sixth and Moyes added: "We've been on a pretty good run but that’s a blow because we can't keep dropping points, two points in games when you’re where we are. We should have won it. I know we can play better but we should have won the game."

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