Winston Reid insists Dimitri Payet “is not a diver” after the West Ham star was criticised for going down in the area against Man Utd.
Frenchman Payet appeared somewhat to lucky not to get a second yellow card at Old Trafford in the FA Cup draw on Sunday when he went down following a challenge from Marcos Rojo looking for a penalty.
There did not appear to be much contact between the two players but Reid has defended his team-mate amid accusations he dived and says there were members of Louis van Gaal’s side that also went down cheaply in the tie.
“Dimitri is not a diver, he always tries to stay on his feet,” Reid said.
“We can argue about stuff like that but they went down in some situations too. They had five or six. Look – they had some and we had some – but the referee is there to make the calls.”