Chelsea v Manchester United


RH at 2017-11-05 19:41:19

The Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • Anthony Taylor delivers a big match performance
  • Key match incidents called correctly
  • Tempo officiating  in evidence in a Refereeing performance of two halves

This was a big match that pulsated from start to finish and it needed a Refereeing performance to match, I’m delighted to say that’s just what we got from Anthony Taylor!  He skilfully judged his first half involvement level to minimise the free kicks awarded and take the pressure off himself by keeping the players minds on the active play, and boy you couldn’t keep your eyes off this match. By half time we had just one caution and less stoppages than you might of expected. However in the second half we saw a higher frequency of free kick awards and three cautions. That’s because the Referee had established his control and credibility with the players and was more confident to boss the stoppages and dictate and manage the game.  The only observation I would make is that he could have slowed things down a bit at times to reduce the heat, a good example being Lukaku’s 88th minute challenge on Courtois which he could have stopped and calmed matters down more. I’ve talked about the first caution in the 20th minute and how wise it was to disallow Chelsea’s 7th minute ‘goal’ at half time but this was confirmation that Anthony Taylor is rightly emerging as a strong prospect to succeed Mark Clattenburg and Martin Atkinson, games such as this define a Referee’s claim to officiate at the highest levels of our profession. Well done also to Gary Beswick and Peter Kirkup for not letting the Referee down with strong performances of their own

RH at 2017-11-05 19:21:14

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2017-11-05 19:20:02

Anthony Taylor covers that Chelsea counter attack with ease as Morata closed in on goal


RH at 2017-11-05 19:18:07

TV pictures confirming that Cahill’s challenge on Fellaini was not worth a penalty


RH at 2017-11-05 19:16:39

A minimum of four minutes additional time to be played


RH at 2017-11-05 19:15:49

Lukaku backs into Courtois, the Referee allows the game to continue, but he could have taken the heat out of things a little by giving a free kick there


RH at 2017-11-05 19:13:37

Hazard leaves the arena, he’s drawn a few free kicks today!


RH at 2017-11-05 19:12:22

Morata tangles with Bailly’s legs which rightly results in a penalty area free kick for United

RH at 2017-11-05 19:10:38

With an International break coming up, join us on Refcam in two weeks’ time for more Premier League action;

  • Saturday 18th          @ 12.30 Arsenal v Tottenham
  • Saturday 18th          @ 17.30 Manchester United v Newcastle
  • Sunday   19th         @ 16.00 Watford v West Ham




RH at 2017-11-05 19:08:39

Herrera goes in heavy on Hazard from behind, silly boy as he’s already on a caution, another one like that would surely end his participation in the game!


RH at 2017-11-05 19:06:54

Morata goes to ground in a Valencia Bailly sandwich, free kick Chelsea, more free kicks in the game at the moment, just what we said earlier as a means to manage the game in this final phase.


RH at 2017-11-05 19:03:48

Although the game is still high tempo and fiercely contested, you get the feeling that Anthony Taylor has more time than he did in the first half and that he is ahead of the game rather than playing catch up, but what a match!


RH at 2017-11-05 19:00:42

Rashfords manhandling of Bakayoko results in the latest free kick


RH at 2017-11-05 18:59:25

Yellow CardThe Referee cements his control of the game with an excellent caution as Fellaini places an elbow across Morata in an aerial challenge



RH at 2017-11-05 18:57:47

Smalling all over Courtois which rightly earns Chelsea a free kick


RH at 2017-11-05 18:55:26

When you watch Anthony Taylor in any game his movement is superb! he just glides around the field of play and always looks like he’s got plenty left in the tank!


RH at 2017-11-05 18:51:49

I said at half time that the Referee’s strength in the first half was his taking the pressure off himself by allowing the game to continue. Although the game is still completive the Referee has now established his control. As we move into the final third of the game, Anthony Taylor needs to tempo manage the play and look for opportunities to take the heat out, but this time by slowing the game down and managing the match in a way that successful teams do.


RH at 2017-11-05 18:47:33

United hesitate hoping for a flag from Gary Beswick, nothing doing as Chelsea pile on the pressure!


RH at 2017-11-05 18:45:36

This is a crucial stage of the game, the tempo is still high but the next goal will be pivotal, as ever in this game full focus is required from the Match Officials!


RH at 2017-11-05 18:43:51

Jones grounds Morata, he needs to be careful here!


RH at 2017-11-05 18:42:49

Hazard the villain this time as he dumps Valencia, free kick United


RH at 2017-11-05 18:41:25

GOAL!Morata strikes and this time no problem!


RH at 2017-11-05 18:39:24

Alonso fortunate to escape a sanction for his block on Bailly


RH at 2017-11-05 18:38:24

Yellow CardThe third over zealous challenge on Hazard earns Herrera the same fete as Jones



RH at 2017-11-05 18:37:07

Hazard draws another free kick as Matic makes a careless challenge!


RH at 2017-11-05 18:35:57

Yellow CardJones reckless on Hazard, no doubt at all about that caution!


RH at 2017-11-05 18:33:41

Ah well, following what was obviously an incorrect corner award the Referee spots a penalty area infringement at the restart and gets out of it quickly!

RH at 2017-11-05 18:32:06

We’re underway again

RH at 2017-11-05 18:31:29

This is no boring 0-0 , both teams are fully committed here and the tempo has been high through the first. No doubt about the main talking point, that being Anthony Taylors disallowing of Morata’s 7th minute strike.  The reason being a push by the Chelsea striker on United defender Jones, whilst I understand why the Referee penalised Morata, in reality it was not much more than a hand on the back of the United defender. But hard though it was on Chelsea, Refereeing is about no surprises and it would have been a surprise if the goal had stood, but as I said at the time Jones was lucky. The other point worth mentioning was the choice of that first caution, Bakayoko really being guilty of committing the next robust challenge when the match tempo was at its highest, the real culprit was Kante whose challenge shortly after was reckless and worth a caution. But overall Anthony Taylor is doing well and that’s because he’s very skilfully judging which contact to penalise. He’s raising the bar and allowing more contact to take place which is taking the spotlight and pressure off himself, that’s the mark of an excellent Referee to demonstrate that level of judgement on a game as competitive as this. Because in a stop start game the Referee raises his profile and draws unnecessary attention on himself. Both Assistants are doing well also, but this game is going to severely test the Referee and his team in the second half

RH at 2017-11-05 18:17:01

Half Time



RH at 2017-11-05 18:16:46

Valencia shoves Hazard to the ground close to touch line and near Chelsea manager Conte, in addition to a free kick the Referee has words with the Chelsea chief to calm things down


RH at 2017-11-05 18:13:19

Players are going to ground but the Referee is doing well to distinguish between acceptable as to illegal contact, its a skilful game but by allowing play to continue he is taking the spotlight off himself!


RH at 2017-11-05 18:09:39

The Referee did well to delay the whistle for shirt pulling there as the ball broke well to Fabregas


RH at 2017-11-05 18:08:11

This is a very high tempo game, the concentration levels from the Officials has to be very high as play fluctuates from end to end!


RH at 2017-11-05 18:06:42

Mkhitaryan runs into Morata and rightly concedes a free kick!


RH at 2017-11-05 18:05:27

Morata goes to ground under pressure from Smalling in the penalty area, but that time he can have no complaints as the Referee is unimpressed!

RH at 2017-11-05 18:03:31

With an International break coming up, join us on Refcam in two weeks’ time for more Premier League action;

  • Saturday 18th          @ 12.30 Arsenal v Tottenham
  • Saturday 18th          @ 17.30 Manchester United v Newcastle
  • Sunday   19th         @ 16.00 Watford v West Ham
  • Monday   20th         @ 20.00 Brighton v Stoke          


RH at 2017-11-05 18:01:06

Anthony Taylor does well to follow through on his patrol path and award United a corner!


RH at 2017-11-05 18:00:01

The second Bailly Hazard encounter also earns a free kick this time  in favour of the Chelsea player, both correct calls!


RH at 2017-11-05 17:57:02

Its unfortunate that the Bakayoko challenge earned a caution not the Kante one! But given a robust challenge by a United just before I feel that the Referee wanted to make his point on the next illegal challenge which just happened to be Bakayoko’s


RH at 2017-11-05 17:54:25

Kante is very lucky not to earn a caution for what looked a nasty late challenge on Herrera!


RH at 2017-11-05 17:52:27

Yellow CardBakayoko bundles into Jones and receives a caution, not the worst challenge I’ve seen but given the match tempo its an understandable sanction from the Referee



RH at 2017-11-05 17:50:30

A good offside decision by Peter Kirkup calls Mortata offside in that last Chelsea attack, what a start to this game!


RH at 2017-11-05 17:48:36

The Referee does well to pick up that late trip by Valencia on Christensen


RH at 2017-11-05 17:45:36

Rashford is grounded in midfield but the Referee plays a  good advantage


RH at 2017-11-05 17:43:34

Well its a lively start with the game openly swinging from end to end!


RH at 2017-11-05 17:42:25

Hazard goes in hard on Herrera and the Referee reacts quickly and calms things down


RH at 2017-11-05 17:40:49

Well there was a push, but I didn’t take much for the big man to go down, to be fair to Anthony Taylor and Referee in that position, the safety first instinct is to award the free kick but jones is lucky!


RH at 2017-11-05 17:38:05

Chelsea get the ball in the net but its ruled out for a push by Morata in Jones back!


RH at 2017-11-05 17:36:59

A couple of tight ball in/out of play calls on the touchline results in the United player not playing the whistle and picking up the ball which resulted in a free kick to Chelsea!


RH at 2017-11-05 17:34:21

Morata runs unto Smalling for another free kick in midfield


RH at 2017-11-05 17:32:42

A careless challenge by Lukaku on Cahill results in the first free kick of the game

RH at 2017-11-05 17:31:27

If you are watching the game on TV, Peter Kirkup is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Gary Beswick is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2017-11-05 17:30:47

Our match Referee Anthony Taylor gets us underway!

RH at 2017-11-05 17:28:12

A change of Assistant Referee Peter Kirkup replaces Adam Nunn

RH at 2017-11-05 17:26:14

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play!

RH at 2017-11-05 17:25:13

The following is an extract from the ‘Premier League Referees in Week#’ feature that appears on the You are The Ref website ahead of each Premier League Weeks action!

Chelsea v Manchester United

ANTHONY TAYLOR Assistants: G Beswick & A Nunn Fourth official: Craig Pawson

Last season, over-celebration was allegedly the issue of the day according to Jose Mourinho when it came to the subject of his successor, and Chelsea’s Pedro was actually cautioned by Martin Atkinson for roughly the same thing as United were taken apart in a 4-0 home win.

There was arguably even more cause to leap into the crowd for Chris Sutton in October 1999, when he scored what turned out to be his only Premier League goal for the Blues as United were beaten 5-0 shortly after winning the Treble. A first-half red card for Nicky Butt may have been a factor.

Mourinho himself presided over a 2007 FA Cup final victory for Chelsea over today’s opposition long before he followed in the managerial footsteps of Tommy Docherty and Dave Sexton, who also managed both clubs.

Radamel Falcao, Juan Sebastian Veron, Ray Wilkins, Paul Parker, Mal Donaghy, Alex Stepney, Romelu Lukaku, Mickey Thomas, Mark Hughes and Mark Bosnich were recently joined by Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic in pulling on both shirts and the curious case of Jon Obi Mikel, who signed for CFC instead of MUFC at the last minute in 2006, perhaps signified the day when the gloves truly came off in the UK transfer market.

Matteo Darmian, Davide Zappacosta, Victor Lindelof and Andreas Christensen for Denmark could not be blamed for having half an eye on World Cup play-offs, as will Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Conte, who were in the thick of international football until the last major tournament but can only look on helplessly with fingers crossed.

Fourth official Craig Pawson was AAR to Anthony Taylor for Olympiacos versus Barcelona on Tuesday and this is Taylor’s first Premier League appointment in a month, having been on under-17 World Cup duty with today’s assistants.

All you need to know about Anthony Taylor:

Matches in 2017/18: 6 (4 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 0

Yellows: 23 Reds:


RH at 2017-11-05 17:23:54

Today’s Match Referee is Anthony Taylor, His Assistant Referees are Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn The Fourth Official is Craig Pawson

RH at 2017-11-05 17:22:32

Jose returns to the Bridge in his season long effort to wrestle the title away from his former employer! Well we can’t see the boys in blue taking this one lying down can we and with both teams coming off the back of contrasting Champions League fortunes this week and Premier League victories last weekend, this promises to be a fascinating encounter! How will the game pan out tactically and in so doing what challenges will that pose for today’s Match Officials?