Everton v Manchester United (FA Cup semai final)


RH at 2016-04-23 19:27:09

The Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • The Fosu Mensah/Barkley penalty decision
  • Jagielka’s penalty area hand ball
  • Referees involvement level
  • Contrasting attacking play from both teams in the first half

What an entertaining game this was! so may attempts on goal and so many chances missed!

From a Refereeing point of view this was clearly a game of two contrasting halves. The first half was a slower tempo with United clearly on top with much possession and  Everton counter attacking. This was in contrast with the second half which was much more evenly matched and as a result the match tempo was raised, but other than isolated incidents the players were well disciplined. There were two incidents one at each end during the second half. Firstly Fosu Mensah’s rash penalty area challenge on Barkley, I though that although the defender got a touch on the ball he also took the man, which in my book makes it a penalty, to his credit Anthony Taylor was well placed and gave a considered decision. The other incident being Jagielka’s handball offence as his arm halted a goal bound ball from Martial, admittedly Joel was well placed to have saved the ball as well. It was a handball offence but as I said in my blog this offence would have been extremely difficult for Anthony Taylor or Stuart Burt to have seen, that’s not me sitting on the fence, that’s me being fair!

I felt hat the Referee judged his involvement level, he was never looking to draw unnecessary attention, his positioning and movement was textbook and he looked calm and in control throughout. We talk about some Select list Referees not showing enough urgency in their game and looking too relaxed. I believe that Anthony Taylor has got the balance just right between looking focused and being in the zone, especially as this was a pressure game. Both Assistants did well and never let the Referee down. But what a game, this was compulsive viewing for all the right reasons!


RH at 2016-04-23 19:06:07

Full Time

Summary to follow!

RH at 2016-04-23 19:04:16

GOAL!Martial surely takes United back to Wembley with that!

RH at 2016-04-23 19:02:06

A minimum of three minutes added time to be played!

RH at 2016-04-23 19:00:33

Yellow CardCynical challenge by Hererra and Yellow CardBarkley pick one up also

RH at 2016-04-23 18:56:21

We’ve got lots more action for you from this weekend’s programme on Refcam, including the other FA Cup Semi Final between Crystal Palace and Watford tomorrow afternoon at 4.00 pm. The weekend action then rounding off tomorrow evening at 10.00 when go Stateside to cover the MLS Game between SJ Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City. The Monday night game is covered here on Refcam where Tottenham host West Brom at 8.00pm

RH at 2016-04-23 18:54:41

TV stats showing 33 attempts on goal, I said it was entertaining!

RH at 2016-04-23 18:53:51

Great advantage by Anthony Taylor as McCarthy was fouled in the build up to that last Everton attack!

RH at 2016-04-23 18:52:36

Excellent entertainment at the moment! with the Referee judging his involvement level superbly!

RH at 2016-04-23 18:51:20

What was that I said about the Referee having plenty left in his tank if this one went the distance!

RH at 2016-04-23 18:48:07

Good to see the Referee moving in close to play Martial bared down on goal!

RH at 2016-04-23 18:46:53

GOAL!Everton make it 1-1 with a Smalling own goal! game on!

RH at 2016-04-23 18:43:36

Well its a much more open game now with Everton suggesting that they have a goal in them, the Referee is moving much more end to end this half with a more equal share of the play between both Assistants

RH at 2016-04-23 18:40:38

So how did Jagielka keep the ball out of heading towards the goal, with his arm is the answer! but it would have been so difficult for the Referee as the arm he used was well concealed to the Referee as the Everton player was going to ground. Stuart Burt on the far touchline would also not have been expected to see that! a penalty offence yes, but understandably not seen by Referee or Assistant

RH at 2016-04-23 18:36:24

So what is your reaction to my my thoughts on the penalty decision, clearly Danny Murphy on the BBC doesn’t agree with me!

What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com



RH at 2016-04-23 18:33:44

Going back to the penalty decision, firstly Anthony Taylor was well placed and secondly forget this nonsense that the defender got a touch on the ball, the initial contact was on Barkley and was compounded with a sweeping action of his other leg, its a foul, correct decision!

RH at 2016-04-23 18:30:04

Yellow CardRooney for moaning about the penalty decision!

RH at 2016-04-23 18:28:35

De Gea saves its still 1-0 United!

RH at 2016-04-23 18:28:04

Penalty Fosu Mensah careless on Barkley!

RH at 2016-04-23 18:24:38

Rashford and Lingard stop playing as the ball cannons off a defender, no flag from Stuart Burt, should have played on there lads and not have anticipated a handball offence!

RH at 2016-04-23 18:22:06

Another free kick to Everton as Rashford commits a careless challenge wide left!

RH at 2016-04-23 18:20:55

Great advantage well signalled by the Referee as Martial moved in on goal

RH at 2016-04-23 18:20:11

A behind the goal line camera showing that Blind used an arm to fend off Lennon at the junction of Goal line and penalty area, yes it was a free kick,  but in all fairness neither Referee or Assistant could ever have seen that

RH at 2016-04-23 18:16:15

The second half is underway!

RH at 2016-04-23 18:09:25

A solid first half for the Match Officials in what is an entertaining game. The match tempo has been steady  which has not extended the Referee too much in a Match Control sense. So with United attacking with a slower more deliberate build up and Everton attacking through the channels in a more direct sense, the main aspect of the Referees game under the microscope has been his positioning and movement. This is a strong feature of Anthony Taylor’s game and he has acquitted himself very well so far, be that adjusting his midfield position to track United slower build up or delivering an explosive sprint to track those two Lukaku breakaway attacks. Both Assistants are looking good with John Brooks the busier with United’s forwards which may indicate that Stuart Burt will be busier this next half, but all things considered a good first half for the Match Officials.

RH at 2016-04-23 18:01:18

Half Time


RH at 2016-04-23 18:00:45

A minimum of 1 minute additional time to be played

RH at 2016-04-23 18:00:03

Martial plays his way out of trouble before drawing a careless challenge, another straight forward free kick

RH at 2016-04-23 17:58:56

Captain Rooney falls foul of the Referee in midfield, he didn’t like it but I’m happy with the decision!

RH at 2016-04-23 17:57:22

Well the tempo in which this game has been played will ensure that the Referee will have plenty left in the tank should the game go the full distance!

RH at 2016-04-23 17:55:14

We’ve got lots more action for you to come from this weekend’s programme on Refcam, including the other FA Cup Semi Final between Crystal Palace and Watford tomorrow afternoon at 4.00 pm. The weekend action then rounding off tomorrow evening at 10.00 when go Stateside to cover the MLS Game between SJ Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City. The Monday night game is covered here on Refcam where Tottenham host West Brom at 8.00pm

RH at 2016-04-23 17:53:06

Two players appeal for a throw in, but the Referee is only a few metres away to signal with confidence, Anthony Taylor movement and positioning has been text book so far!

RH at 2016-04-23 17:50:59

Anthony Taylor well paced to punish Fosu’s careless challenge on Cleverley

RH at 2016-04-23 17:48:59

GOAL!Fellaini breaks the deadlock, 1-0 United

RH at 2016-04-23 17:45:48

Anthony Taylor always leaves himself the option of moving into the Penalty area from the left allowing himself good viewing angles of any player challenges where he hasn’t got any input from an Assistant

RH at 2016-04-23 17:43:15

Rashford turns Jagielka illegally, a  safe free kick

RH at 2016-04-23 17:39:47

The United back four is playing quite high up and John Brooks offside calls are occurring so far in and around the penalty area, whereas Everton are looking to catch United out on the counter attack and play that vital ball into the channels to Lukaku which means that Stuarts Burts offside decisions are occurring much closer to the half way line, for the Match Officials, in the positional sense, this is two games in one!

RH at 2016-04-23 17:35:30

The same also of course applies to the Assistants, Stuart Burt has made two lung busting runs to track Lukaku where as John Brooks movement has been different to follow United’s slower more possessions led build up

RH at 2016-04-23 17:33:03

TV replays confirming that Anthony Taylor makes his second explosive sprint in this game to track Lukaku again. As I said before the Referee is being forced to deploy differing attacking movement according to which team is attacking!

RH at 2016-04-23 17:30:29

Fellaini being pulled up for a free kick from that United corner, but its not a grappling offence!

RH at 2016-04-23 17:27:53

Anthony Taylor continues to make those midfield positional adjustment to follow in behind any United attack because of their more deliberate build up, early Everton attacks being more straight forward to track

RH at 2016-04-23 17:25:10

John Brooks spot on there with an offside flag as Martial times his run too early

RH at 2016-04-23 17:23:11

Martial draws a free kick from Lennon, not sure what else the Everton man could have done different there?

RH at 2016-04-23 17:22:15

Good use of the delayed whistle by the Referee as Rashford was fouled

RH at 2016-04-23 17:20:38

Anthony Taylor then making his first explosive sprint to cover Lukaku’s attempt on goal!

RH at 2016-04-23 17:19:48

First corner to United fortunately no sign of grappling!

RH at 2016-04-23 17:18:12

Already noticeable how the Referee is making fine positional adjustments in midfield as United play a slow possession build up

RH at 2016-04-23 17:15:49

If you are watching the game on TV, Stuart Burt is operating on the far side and the other Assistant John Brooks is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2016-04-23 17:15:10

Our match Referee Anthony Taylor gets us underway!

RH at 2016-04-23 17:12:22

The Team and Match Officials have now entered the field of play!

RH at 2016-04-23 17:07:37

Alan Biggs wrote the following article for ‘You are the Ref’ and featured it on the website on the 15th April with today’s match firmly in his sights!

‘The Football Association are under pressure to remove Anthony Taylor from one of the FA Cup semi-finals amid political confusion surrounding the home bases of match officials.

Manchester resident Taylor’s selection for Manchester United’s tie with Everton has been brought into sharper focus by the standing down of a colleague from a vital Premier League clash in the latest round of fixtures.

Kevin Friend, a self-confessed Leicester fan, was due to preside over the Foxes’ main title rivals, Spurs, in their game at Stoke on Monday. The decision to replace Friend, with Neil Swarbrick now taking charge at the Britannia Stadium, has highlighted inconsistences in selection policy.

In no case is there any question mark whatsoever against the impartiality or integrity of a referee.

“It’s more a case of officials being exposed to unfair pressure in some instances,” says You Are The Ref’s Keith Hackett. “The vibe I’m picking up is that, at the very least, some consideration is being given to moving Taylor away from the semi-final.

“He’s a great referee and tough enough mentally to blot out everything other than controlling the game in an even-handed manner. But you have to weigh up the pressures on his family that living in the Manchester area brings for such a game.”

Incidentally, Taylor regularly referees games involving his home city’s clubs. He has done so six times this season already (three times each for Manchester United and Manchester City).

Furthermore, Taylor was due to be in the middle at Old Trafford this very weekend for United versus Aston Villa. But, in another mysterious twist, Friend has now replaced him.

Nevertheless, the fact that Taylor refereeing Manchester clubs has become custom and practice – and that Professional Game Match Officials are standing by their selection criteria – blurs the issue over Taylor and the semi-final.

Mark Halsey said: “Where are the differences? You’ve also got Michael Oliver, a massive Newcastle fan, who refereed two of their relegation rivals in the Crystal Palace versus Norwich game last weekend.

“A clear penalty to Norwich wasn’t given in this match. That will have been an honest mistake and nothing else but it doesn’t stop people talking.”

Hackett added: “In my career I was never allowed, as a Sheffielder, to referee either Wednesday or United – and quite rightly so. There is now a huge inconsistency in this area that needs addressing – and you could say quite literally!’


RH at 2016-04-23 17:03:29

Today’s Match Referee is Anthony Taylor. His Assistant Referees are Stuart Burt and John Brooks, The Fourth Official is Jon Moss

RH at 2016-04-23 17:02:11

Both teams need to prove a point today in what has been a disappointing season for two sides who have so much quality in their ranks. A trip to Wembley for an FA Cup Semi-final is either a joyous or heartbreak occasion, a place in this season’s final and the cup in the trophy cabinet will take a lot of pressure off Roberto Martinez or Louis van Gaal