Chelsea v Manchester United


Good night

GB at 2015-04-18 19:41:59

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final summary

GB at 2015-04-18 19:40:38

Well that was a simply faultless performance by Mike Dean tonight.


He showed his class all the way through the game from the first minute to the last and drifted in and out of the game only when his presence was required. This type of skill in a game of this nature does not come easy and relies heavily on experience and respect from the players, which Mike Dean has bucket loads of.


The major call in the 5th minute of added time just summed up how totally focussed the referee was all evening as he did not look at all flustered when he was faced with an act of simulation inside of the penalty area. When you try to explain the difference in class between officials, this was a great example to reflect upon as Mike Dean was in the perfect position to judge in the first place, and then got the big call right – ask yourself how many times that has not happened elsewhere in the last few minutes of Premier League games this season? That’s what class is!


Some may say that this was not a difficult game to control and I did predict that this might have been the case, but a referee can often make it difficult if he does not gauge the temperature and tempo right from the off, which our referee did today.


Teamwork was good with both assistants seeming to be on the same page as the referee and coming in to “assist” only when required. That said, there was the one mistake in the first half when a hand ball outside of the penalty area was missed by Darren England, but I for one would not like to see him strung up for that one as it was impossible for him to spot the offence because he had players in between him and the offence.


All in all, let’s hope all the big games go as straight forward as this from here until the end of the season with no one talking about the officials at the end for a change.

full time

GB at 2015-04-18 19:25:28

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full time

GB at 2015-04-18 19:25:04

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full time

GB at 2015-04-18 19:24:12

so there we have it minimum of 2 minutes added time became 5 minutes with all those substitutions

Full Time

Chelsea 1 – 0 Manchester United

90 + 4

GB at 2015-04-18 19:23:04

Yellow Card Ander Herrera (MU 21)


Too good a referee today to get away with that one

Well done again Mike Dean


GB at 2015-04-18 19:19:32

do they really think the referee will not add more time on for substitutions in added time?


GB at 2015-04-18 19:18:45

2 minutes added time


GB at 2015-04-18 19:18:21

That looked like an accident to me as well so MD doing well again right to the end by not over-reacting to than knock in the back of the head after the free kick


GB at 2015-04-18 19:16:33

if it stays like this I expect to see plenty of hand shakes for the officials at the end of this one for the way they have just done what was required without micro-managing this game


GB at 2015-04-18 19:14:34

Going back to that last SL free kick signal – that is what we mean by getting on the referees wave length and running the line in the spirit in which the referee is controlling the game


GB at 2015-04-18 19:13:19

SL reflecting the way MD is refereeing this game and helps him out with a safety first free kick there for a minor offence right under his nose


GB at 2015-04-18 19:12:10

It would not be normal if Rooney did not have at least one pop at the referee – MD is far too experienced to get into a slanging match with the England Captain in this game!


GB at 2015-04-18 19:09:14

Some of his colleagues would do well to watch the way MD closes this one out. Time and again this season when I have been blogging there is the feeling that something was going to happen near the end. This game has a totally different feeling about it as MD imposes his authority without being too busy at all


GB at 2015-04-18 19:07:04

Look at the concentration on the referee’s face – he is showing by his body language that he is determined not to let this game get away from him


GB at 2015-04-18 19:06:02

great positioning by MD again there. Very close with great view as the Man Utd player raced towards the goal line in the penalty area


GB at 2015-04-18 19:04:30

Great call for no hand ball then by DE. There would be no chance for all you Sunday League referees out there is those were given on the TV!


GB at 2015-04-18 19:03:17

15 minutes to go and the signals and comms kit will be being used now by all the officials to remind them all to remain focussed to see this game out


GB at 2015-04-18 19:01:54

I still find it amazing when Premier League players commit foul throws!


GB at 2015-04-18 19:01:09

What I like about MD is the way he continues to demonstrate when he is putting the effort in with his body language as he puts his sprints in whether they be long or short


GB at 2015-04-18 18:59:10

Good off-side decision by DE there – player cannot be “played-on” by an opponent. He was off side when the ball was last touched by a member of his own team so the call was perfectly correct


GB at 2015-04-18 18:57:33

2 changes for Manchester United now and once again the officials need to be alert to what these players may have been sent on to do


GB at 2015-04-18 18:56:24

Nice shot of a very clean throw-in signal there by SL


GB at 2015-04-18 18:55:39

I m sure D is mentally thinking about any changes to his game he may need to implement as a result of that substitution.


GB at 2015-04-18 18:52:13

What a change to see a game with hardly any grappling in the penalty areas at any corners


GB at 2015-04-18 18:51:21

Yellow Card for Oscar (C 8)

Mike Dean continues to show the consistency which has made him one of the best performers in the Premier League so far this season


GB at 2015-04-18 18:47:27

Mike Dean is really just taking everything in his stride so far and looks really comfortable in how things are going with 30 minutes to go


GB at 2015-04-18 18:45:28

Mandatory Yellow Card there for Branislav Ivanovic (C 2)

A caution for unsporting behaviour must be issued when a player holds an opponent to prevent him gaining possession of the ball or taking up an advantageous position


GB at 2015-04-18 18:43:16

There was some private communications going on then between MD and SL, as that ball hit the Manchester United cross bar – MD was obviously happy with everything as SL received a thumbs up from him


GB at 2015-04-18 18:41:42

Yellow Card for Didier Drogba (C 11)


Mike Dean had a good look at that and weighed up the consequences of not issuing a caution before doing the right thing!


GB at 2015-04-18 18:39:38

This is tempo management at its best. MD knows this is a different game now and has started the second have as he means to continue with every challenge being picked up and still playing advantage when he can without letting it affect his control


GB at 2015-04-18 18:38:00

No complaints then for that silly challenge there as the player jumped onto his opponents back with no attempt to play the ball


GB at 2015-04-18 18:35:06

All that tip tap stuff in the first 30 minutes of the first half can be forgotten – this will need refereeing now I an sure


GB at 2015-04-18 18:34:09

Safety first free kick there in the opening minutes of the second half – this is a different game now remember


GB at 2015-04-18 18:32:49

Mike Dean gets us going again

half time

GB at 2015-04-18 18:31:45

For those of you who have just joined us for the second half, today’s officials are:

Referee:  Mike Dean (MD)

AR1: Simon Long (SL)

AR2: Darren England (DE)

4th Official: Craig Pawson (CP)

half time

GB at 2015-04-18 18:29:57

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half time

GB at 2015-04-18 18:26:55

This week’s Ref Show posted on Monday continued to say it as it is and found plenty of areas where last weekend’s referee’s deserved credit, as well the unfortunately inevitable incident when our elite referees  did not display best practice. Tune in again this week for a truly independent view of all the major talking points as the season rapidly approaches its climax.

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half time summary

GB at 2015-04-18 18:25:20

Cool , Calm and Collected – that would be my assessment of Mike Dean’s performance so far. He has drifted into the game just when he has needed to and has kept the lid on it without needing to assert his authority to any degree.

His willingness to keep the game moving as much as possible is there for everyone to see by the amount of advantage he has been willing to play.

The half time analysis on Sky may try to look for a foul by John Terry (C 26)in the build up to the only goal, but for me they are clutching at straws in a game when there is very little else to discuss.

The only major error was the failure of Assistant Referee to spot and signal for hand ball against David De Gea (MU 1) when he deliberated handled the ball outside of his penalty area. A tough call as is panned out because of players blocking his view – but a mistake none the less.

The officials should all be happy with the way things have gone so far and be hoping for more of the same in the second half.

No surprises so far, and none required in the second half please.


half time

GB at 2015-04-18 18:17:16

Half Time

Chelsea 1 – 0 Manchester United


GB at 2015-04-18 18:15:50

minimum of 1 minute to be added


GB at 2015-04-18 18:15:00

Another great advantage played with confidence by MD – he is all over this game so far


GB at 2015-04-18 18:13:39

Half time will come at a good time for everyone soon as this game has just started to come to life at last


GB at 2015-04-18 18:12:48

Just a bit of “hand-bags” there for MD to sort out. He did well to be seen to take action, all be it just a public warning to both players which was all that was needed. The skill is in not ignoring these minor squabbles altogether


GB at 2015-04-18 18:09:39

GOAL! Eden Hazard (C 10)


And why am I not surprised that it came from another wonderful advantage played by the referee – and didn’t he milk it – WHY NOT TOO


GB at 2015-04-18 18:07:49

MD continues to demonstrate how on top of his game he is by the way he is happy to play as much advantage as he can in this game


GB at 2015-04-18 18:06:33

Oh Dear! that looked outside of the penalty area for me. Very difficult for DE to see from where he was but clearly an error with a free kick that got away for Chelsea


GB at 2015-04-18 18:05:04

All the Officials will have spotted that the game has just started – time to raise our profile boys!


GB at 2015-04-18 18:04:07

MD sensibly just having a quiet word to Didier Drogba (C 11) then – the first disciplinary action in this game needs to be for something good the way the challenges are so soft and few and far between


GB at 2015-04-18 18:02:06

2 free kicks inside 3 minutes – are things warming up at last?


GB at 2015-04-18 18:00:27

MD comes through the first test of his authority with flying colours


GB at 2015-04-18 17:59:50

Great example there of what referees are looking for. As soon as the player looks at the player before he makes contact then you know it is a foul.


GB at 2015-04-18 17:58:40

Another great sprint there by MD. These games are all about fitness and positioning when nothing else is going on – oh and 100% concentration as well of course


GB at 2015-04-18 17:57:17

For you new referees out there I hope you noticed MD running backwards across the centre circle then. Not enough backwards running done in my opinion these days


GB at 2015-04-18 17:55:30

No a single word of dissent for that free kick in the penalty area – keep it there Mike


GB at 2015-04-18 17:54:27

I don’t think he could be checking on his heart rate in this one yet!


GB at 2015-04-18 17:53:46

A quick look at his watch then by MD – he probably cant believe 23 minutes gone and he has only given one free kick!


GB at 2015-04-18 17:52:51

Positioning wise this is not the type of game yet where the referee needs to run around all over the place – he just needs to stay there and there about to the play and MD has done just that


GB at 2015-04-18 17:50:26

2nd block of 10 minutes out of the way now and nothing for the officials to get stuck into. The skill now is not to create anything and MD is far too experienced to let that happen.


GB at 2015-04-18 17:48:41

Great anticipation shown there by MD as he started his sprint cross field again


GB at 2015-04-18 17:47:23

At last – MD gets a chance to blow his whistle for a foul!


GB at 2015-04-18 17:46:23

Great refereeing there by MD. I lesser experienced referee would have given a foul for that slide by Didier Drogba (C 11), but MD does not need to impose his authority yet so he just lets the players get on with it. Good example of managing their expectations


GB at 2015-04-18 17:44:23

Good to notice that at least some of the commentators have realised that hand ball has to be deliberate to be an offence


GB at 2015-04-18 17:42:55

MD is certainly very close to the action so far


GB at 2015-04-18 17:41:29

As I said in my pre match notes, sometimes these big appointments can fail to live up to all the hype and expectations from the official’s perspective and in fact turn out to be a lot more straight forward (notice I did not say easy!) to control than some of the less glamorous fixtures throughout the season. I am sure that today’s officials would not be too disappointed if that was the case again tonight.


GB at 2015-04-18 17:40:44

10 minutes down and no surprises as to how the game is developing


GB at 2015-04-18 17:39:49

MD certainly looks relaxed and confident during these very early stages. If the referee looks confident then it rubs off on the players


GB at 2015-04-18 17:38:18

First advantage by MD nearly leads to a goal – that’s what we expected from todays referee


GB at 2015-04-18 17:36:58

Good to see MD showing some great early sprints across the field of play


GB at 2015-04-18 17:35:46

Always nice to get the first 5 minutes out of the way in games like this without a crunching tackle – the officials wont mind that


GB at 2015-04-18 17:33:23

MD making his presence felt in the dropping zones already


GB at 2015-04-18 17:32:37

AR1: Simon Long (SL) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2015-04-18 17:31:38

If you wanted to pick a referee this season to hit the ground running from the first minute, then MD would definitely be in your to 2!


GB at 2015-04-18 17:30:43

Chelsea  won the toss so it will be Manchester United to kick off.

Good luck to all the officials and may the ball run kindly for you!


GB at 2015-04-18 17:30:02

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GB at 2015-04-18 17:27:18

I have not seen it yet, but Sky Sports pundits seem to think Mike Jones missed a nailed on red card in the second half at Everton this afternoon. I have to admit that I was not the only member of the YATR team who thought that trying to hide this referee at Goodison Park this week was asking for trouble, and the following quote from this week’s Runners and Riders article proves that YATR’s independent opinions are spot on again “he isn’t really up to it at the elite level”. More of this on the Ref Show this week I am sure – Tweet us if you were there @youaretheref


GB at 2015-04-18 17:20:04

I am sure that there has been some international commitments required since Craig was awarded his FIFA Badge in January, but it just goes to show that it is not just us here at YATR who have been struggling to make heads-or-tails out of some the appointments this season!


GB at 2015-04-18 17:19:19

Today’s Assistants:


Simon Long made his Football League debut in 2007 and was promoted to the Premier League Line in 2009. He was appointed to the FIFA List of Assistant Referees in 2011. Simon can count the 2013 FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic amongst the honours he has achieved in his career so far.


Darren England made his first appearance in the Premier League back in 2011 having made it to the Football League list in 2009. He obtained his FIFA badge in 2013 and already has 30 international appointments under his belt including 5 games at last year’s U19 EURO finals in Hungary.


With all this experience on the line, there should be no excuses for any poor teamwork to be displayed tonight.



4th Official:

Craig Pawson is no stranger to holding up the board this season as this will be his 16th appointment in charge of keeping the technical areas in order. An interesting response to our Runners and Riders piece on the YATR website was posted on Twitter this week by Robbie Pender ?@robbiepender which highlighted; “Re: Pawson. 16 matches in first 21 match weeks but only 3 in subsequent 12!”


GB at 2015-04-18 17:18:34

Today’s officials are:

Referee:  Mike Dean (MD)

AR1: Simon Long (SL)

AR2: Darren England (DE)

4th Official: Craig Pawson (CP)


Mike is currently the longest serving referee on the Select Group Referees List with 360 matches under his belt on the Premier League since his elevation in 2000, plus a distinguished FIFA career behind him. This is his 25th Premier League match of this season in which he has shown 105 yellow cards so far and 6 Reds (only Jonathon Moss has a higher send off rate from the same number of games).


Alongside Mark Clattenburg, Mike Dean has consistently maintained the standards expected from our elite officials this season and has regularly set the pace when it comes to demonstrating how a competent official can manage the tempo of a feisty game without strangling it and spoiling it for the spectators.


I have had the pleasure of operating with Mike on several occasions in the Premier League and in Europe, so I wish to make a comment on the allegations made this season in certain quarters that he has come across as “arrogant”. Quite frankly this is absolute nonsense, and anyone of his colleagues who have ever worked with him would tell you just the same. When you read comments like this, you have to consider the likelihood of when these so-called arrogant characteristics have been displayed. I doubt very much it was over a nice cup of tea 3 hours before the kick off, but much more likely to have been during an exchange in the tunnel on the way back to the dressing rooms after the game. In my experience, most Managers respect strong referees who display confidence, respect and character both on and off the field of play, so for me they can’t have it both ways. It is more likely that because Mike Dean is not afraid to demonstrate that he has the strength of character required to gain the respect required to operate at this level, that those who “can give it, but can’t take it” don’t like it – arrogant NO, very confident and self-assured YES!


GB at 2015-04-18 17:17:35

Here are the teams for this evening’s game:



Thibaut Courtois (C 13)

Branislav Ivanovi? (C 2)

Cesc Fàbregas (C 4)

Kurt Zouma (C 5)

Oscar (C 8)

Eden Hazard (C 10)

Didier Drogba (C 11)

Nemanja Mati? (C 21)

Gary Cahill (C 24)

John Terry (C 26)

César Azpilicueta (C 28)


Petr ?ech (C 1)

Filipe Luis (C 3

Ramires (C 7)

Mikel John Obi (C 12)

Willian (C 22)

Mark Schwarzer (C 23)

Dominic Solanke (C 35)

Man Utd


David De Gea (MU 1)

Luke Shaw (MU 3)

Juan Mata (MU 8)

Radamel Falcao García (MU 9)

Wayne Rooney (MU 10)

Chris Smalling (MU 12)

Ashley Young (MU 18)

Ander Herrera (MU 21)

Luis Antonio Valencia (MU 25)

Marouane Fellaini (MU 31)

Paddy McNair (MU 33)


Rafael (MU 2)

Ángel Di Maria (MU 7)

Adnan Januzaj (MU 11)

Robin van Persie (MU 20)

Victor Valdes (MU 32)

Tyler Blackett (MU 42)

Andreas Pereira (MU 44)


GB at 2015-04-18 17:15:53

The reverse fixture this season was refereed by Phil Dowd in October and ended 1 – 1, when Robin van Persie rescued a point for the Red Devils in the 90th minute following a Didier Drogba header. This game lived up to its usual billing on this occasion with 10 yellow cards (including one double yellow for Chelsea’s Ivanovic in the 90th minute).  I am sure today’s referee will have done his usual homework, however, it would be safe to say that this one normally brings some baggage with it every season anyway, so there will not have been any need for extra special preparations today!


I ran the line in this fixture twice in my career and I have to say neither occasion went well for the Red Devils! In October 1999, Chelsea stuck 5 past United without reply and in April 2006 a 3 – 0 Home win secured the Premiership Title for the Blues.


The 2006 fixture was also remembered for the injury to Wayne Rooney ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, after a metatarsal on his right foot was broken, following a seemingly innocuous challenge from Paulo Ferreira – this fixture was also refereed by Mike Dean. I remember that Chelsea still had away fixtures to go after this match at Blackburn and Newcastle to get the 3 points they needed, but any thoughts we might have had about hiding in the shadows in the tunnel  to watch the fireworks if they were to win the League in front of their home fans, were quickly forgotten at the end due to the reaction of “a certain member” of the Manchester United Technical Area on the day to the Rooney injury – suffice to say we all slipped away quietly in the People Carrier that afternoon.


GB at 2015-04-18 17:14:11

I don’t usually like to make predictions when I am doing RefCam, but I would not be at all surprised if this fixture failed to turn into the highly charged affair it has done in the past. I base this not just on the fact that we have one of this season’s most in-form referees in charge, but also because both Mourinho and Louis van Gaal know that they are not quite at the last chance saloon yet, and will want to ensure that they have all their star players available for the handful of games to go after this one. Each team has had its share of injuries this season already, with United in particular depleted at the back at the moment. Couple that with some very high profile disciplinary suspensions, and I get the feeling that this might not be the classic blood and guts contest it has been in the past – we will soon see how my prediction fares and I fully expect some comments on Twitter @youaretheref, if it all “kicks off” now.


Looking back at the history of this match in West London, Manchester United hold the honours with 30 wins to 23 for Chelsea and there have been 19 draws here since the teams first met back in 1906. Taking all League games into consideration home and away, Manchester United stay in front with 59 victories to Chelsea’s 42, with a total of 44 matches ending in a draw.


Chelsea are still defending the last professional club unbeaten home record in England this season and will certainly not want this to end against one of their biggest rivals.


GB at 2015-04-18 17:13:31

With just 7 games to go, Chelsea know that 3 wins in their next 3 games (which would include the scalps of today’s visitors as well as Arsenal), will secure them the Premier League title for the 3rd time under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho.


Manchester United on the other hand only really have a “mathematical chance” to finish on the top of the pile, but they know that the scrap for the remaining 3 Champion’s League places is by no means over yet, so they will be determined not to head back up north totally empty handed.


I found it interesting to see Crystal Palace separating today’s two teams in the current Premier League form table and it is also ominous for Chelsea fans to see Arsenal’s late charge in perspective:



1 Arsenal 2 W W W W W W 18 W L W W W W 15 W W W W W W 18
2 Man Utd 3 W W W W W W 18 D W D L W W 11 W W W W W W 18
3 C Palace 11 W L D L W W 10 W W W L W W 15 W L W W W W 15
4 Chelsea 1 W D W D D W 12 L W W W W W 15 D W D W W W 14



GB at 2015-04-18 17:07:28

25 minutes to go before KO and welcome to this evening’s live RefCam coverage of one of the biggest games in the Premier League season between Chelsea and Manchester United. Feel free to interact with me during the game by joining in on Twitter @youaretheref or e-mail at