Everton Vs Manchester United


DM at 2016-12-04 19:09:51

Thank you for tuning in to ref cam, don’t forget to watch the ref show tomorrow when all of the weekend’s matches will be reviewed – there will be plenty to discuss.

DM at 2016-12-04 19:08:47


It was a game of two halves, not just for Manchester United but also for the Match officials and in particular Michael Oliver.  It is always a balance, trying to allow the game to flow on one hand and not allowing a match to run away from you.  I am a big fan of referees trying to manage technical offences where possible and being proactive in their overall approach, this helps the game, it helps it as a spectacle and it helps develop management and communication skills.  However, what cannot be managed are reckless challenges – they can cause injury to players, they threaten match control and they provide a benchmark for players so they know exactly what line they cannot cross.

In the first half, Michael Oliver fell rather naively in to the trap of managing a reckless challenge from Gareth Barry in the 10th minute.  Albeit this was the first real noticeable foul of the match, it was nevertheless a certain caution for unsporting behaviour.  The challenge was made from distance, at speed and Barry in making the challenge paid little regard to the safety of his opponent.  Instead of cautioning the player, Michael Oliver opted to publically reprimand him, this set a tolerance level far too high and the tempo of the match increased almost immediately.

Six minutes later, Marcus Rojo went one step further and committed a challenge that was excessive in force, he lunged towards the Manchester United player from distance, at speed and was not in control of his actions and endangered the safety of his opponent.  The challenge was a serious one but the referee did not react immediately and only after a few seconds blew to award a free-kick.  Instead of issuing a red card, Michael Oliver showed a yellow one, an incorrect decision and perhaps one that resulted from Michael’s eagerness to keep his cards in his pocket in the 10th minute.

Michael Oliver can take credit from remaining calm throughout the match and his communication with players is a strong aspect of his performance.  The game was played at a high tempo and overall he managed to keep a lid on it.  The award of a penalty to Everton in the 86th minute was a correct key match decision and Michael Oliver was very well placed to award it.  Michael Oliver’s fitness, positioning and movement is very good and he is certainly a referee with a great deal of potential.

However, in this match Michael failed to caution Barry and then send off Rojo.  Both of these decisions were incorrect and led to periods of the game where the officials were put under undue pressure.  It does not matter if a reckless challenge occurs in the 1st or the 81st minute, match officials cannot manage them and if they do, a very high tolerance is being set.  Players may mistake a referee trying to allow a game to develop with a weakness and a high threshold for what they will and will not condone.  A good lesson from today’s match for all match officials is punish the physical and do not allow these types of challenges to go unpunished, whenever and wherever they occur.

DM at 2016-12-04 18:54:02

Full time summary to follow…..

Don’t forget to tune in to tomorrow’s ref show – lots to discuss from the weekend’s action


DM at 2016-12-04 18:52:59

Full Time



DM at 2016-12-04 18:48:14

5 minutes of added time to be played


DM at 2016-12-04 18:47:31

Yellow CardLukaku Everton 10 – unsporting behaviour

DM at 2016-12-04 18:46:33

GOAL!Penalty Kick Everton 3 Baines



DM at 2016-12-04 18:45:51

Michael Oliver correctly awards a penalty kick as Fellaini trips his opponent.

Yellow CardFellaini cautioned for dissent

Yellow CardDe Gea cautioned for delaying the restart of play


DM at 2016-12-04 18:42:49

Manchester United Sub 22 off, 27 on


DM at 2016-12-04 18:40:05

Manchester United Sub 11 off, 19 on


DM at 2016-12-04 18:38:55

As Everton chase the game for an equalising goal, Manchester United are taking every opportunity to slow the game down and the crowd are becoming increasingly frustrated.  Michael Oliver and his team will need to be very proactive in these closing stages to ensure that the frustration does not boil over on to the field of play and that Manchester United act within the spirit of the Law.


DM at 2016-12-04 18:34:33

Damian unlucky to be penalised for a careless foul as it appeared a fair challenge


DM at 2016-12-04 18:33:09

Michael Oliver brings in the Manchester United captain Michael Carrick to let everyone, including Valencia know that he wants the game speeding up.  This brought unnecessary attention to the referee, a simple blast of the whistle and a hand signal lets the player know what you want.  Valencia achieved his objective, he slowed the game down by the referee taking this action.


DM at 2016-12-04 18:28:22

Substitutions can change a game.  They are always something a match official should be aware of as the tempo and pattern of play can change.  Everton have made 3 subs in 4 minutes, it will be interesting to see what affect these changes have.


DM at 2016-12-04 18:26:14

Everton sub 14 off, 19 on


DM at 2016-12-04 18:24:42

Everton sub 23 off, 30 on


DM at 2016-12-04 18:22:56

Everton Sub 15 off, 7 on


DM at 2016-12-04 18:22:25

AR Bennett is correct to allow play to continue following the challenge by Martial on Bolasie.  Charging is only an offence when it is committed in a manner that is careless, reckless or with excessive force.  Martial went shoulder to shoulder with the Everton player from a fair distance, the challenge was a fair one.


DM at 2016-12-04 18:17:14

Once again the temperature of the match is rising as Everton press for an equaliser.  Michael Oliver will need to stay focused and not take any risks that could jeopardise his control of this match.


DM at 2016-12-04 18:14:27

Everton 15 Cleverley is lucky not be cautioned for what appears to be a reckless challenge.


DM at 2016-12-04 18:13:00

Handball has to be intentional in order to be penalised, I don’t think Leighton Baines deliberately handled the ball, as he slipped and the referee was correct to play on.


DM at 2016-12-04 18:10:12

Careless challenge by Ibrahimovic on Coleman as he pushes him in the back.  There is a tangle of legs and as Ibrahimovic attempts to get up his legs come down on Coleman’s face.  Michael Oliver is blind side and cannot see this and the active AR is too far away.  I do believe that this was an accident and if the incident was seen I would support the referee in taking no further action.


DM at 2016-12-04 18:02:47

Michael Oliver gets the second half underway

DM at 2016-12-04 17:55:18


Michael Oliver is without doubt one of the best referees in the country.  However, today he has made a basic error which has threatened his match control and led to him making a key match incident error.  In the 10th minute of the game, Gareth Barry of Everton committed a reckless challenge on an opponent.  All of the criteria for the challenge was met.  Barry came in from a distance, at speed and paid little regard to the safety of his opponent.  Michael Oliver chose to speak to Barry and reprimand him, rather than issue what was an easy caution and yellow card for unsporting behaviour.  Six minutes later and perhaps the referee was still pondering over the Barry decision, Marcus Rojo of Manchester United lunged at an Everton player with excessive force.  The challenge was dangerous and once again met all the criteria for a challenge that should result in a red card.  The player was not in control of his actions, he had lunged from distance and with speed, leaving the ground and endangering the safety of the Manchester United player.  Michael Oliver eventually penalised the offence which suggests to me that one of his colleagues had an input in to the decision.  However, instead of issuing a red card, Michael Oliver incorrectly cautioned Rojo.  Gareth Barry was eventually cautioned for persistently infringing the laws of the game but the offence culminating in a caution was a soft one and the referee only chose to show a yellow card in order to maintain control.

Michael Oliver has regained his composure and appears to have brought the game under control.  It is important he now continues to speak to players and remain calm. He will need to forget what has happened in the first half and focus on the second half.  His recognition of offences will need to improve.


DM at 2016-12-04 17:47:16

Half Time


DM at 2016-12-04 17:46:27

The Goal line technology system was in place here but nevertheless it is important that Assistants at all levels should follow the ball down to the goal-line so that they are able to make accurate judgements on whether the ball has crossed the line.


DM at 2016-12-04 17:43:49

GOAL! MU 9 Ibrahimovic


DM at 2016-12-04 17:40:09

The referee Michael Oliver has remained calm and despite the key match error and missed caution, he does not appear flustered.  It is important that the match officials keep their head and focus on what could happen next not what has already taken place in situations like this.


DM at 2016-12-04 17:34:42

Martial pushed Coleman near to the corner-flag but AR Beswick adjudged Coleman had slipped.


DM at 2016-12-04 17:33:26

Yellow CardMichael Oliver has cautioned Barry for persistently infringing the Laws of the Game.  Barry had to be cautioned not for that offence but for the challenge in the 10th Minute.  This caution was soft and only issued to maintain control.


DM at 2016-12-04 17:31:17

Michael Oliver correctly awards a direct free-kick for a careless challenge by Mori.  He will need to penalise any careless challenges whilst the tempo of the match is still high, otherwise his match control will be at risk.


DM at 2016-12-04 17:27:54

Good non-offside from AR Beswick

DM at 2016-12-04 17:26:17

Two former FIFA officials have text me to say they did not need a replay and it should have been a Rojo for Rojo!!


DM at 2016-12-04 17:25:10

The temperature of this game has gone through the roof.  Michael Oliver needs to assert his authority on the match.  By trying to manage a reckless challenge in the 10th minute, the referee set an unusually high tolerance which led to his error in the 16th minute when Rojo should have received a red card.

DM at 2016-12-04 17:20:56

Michael Oliver did not blow immediately on the Rojo challenge which leads me to believe that one of his colleagues has had an input in to the decision.  The reaction was very hesitant from the referee and not confident and assertive.  The fact that Michael Oliver allowed Barry’s challenge to go unpunished in the 10th minute has not helped.


DM at 2016-12-04 17:18:26

Marcus Rojo has lunged at an opponent with excessive force and the challenge could have caused serious injury to the Everton player.  In my opinion Rojo should have been dismissed for serious foul play.


DM at 2016-12-04 17:16:52

An interesting situation between Coleman and Martial there.  Although both players were committing offences, Coleman by shirt pulling and Martial by holding, the offence from Martial came first and so the referee was correct to penalise that and award Everton a free-kick.


DM at 2016-12-04 17:12:45

That was a reckless challenge by Barry and I am surprised that Michael Oliver has not cautioned him for that.  He is setting a very high tolerance level by allowing that challenge to go unpunished.


DM at 2016-12-04 17:10:18

Simon Bennett correctly flags to indicate that Martial was offside.


DM at 2016-12-04 17:07:26

Michael Oliver’s movement around the field in these early stages is very good, he allows play to develop in front of him but uses impressive short sprints to always be near play but not in the way of it.


DM at 2016-12-04 17:03:43

Simon Bennett indicates a second offside offence.  Unusual in the Premier League for an Assistant to give two offside offences in a half, never mind two in the first minute.  Manchester United will have to switch on and address this.

DM at 2016-12-04 17:02:26

Immediate offside given by SImon Bennett after only 9 seconds.  Highlights how officials have to be focused from the start.

DM at 2016-12-04 17:01:12

Everton have won the toss, Manchester United will kick-off and Michael Oliver gets the game underway

DM at 2016-12-04 16:53:41

Michael Oliver has made an impressive start to the season and following his two appointments as referee to Champions League matches in September and October, he will be hoping to be promoted to the elite category of the UEFA referees’ list on 1st January 2017.  As strong performance today in what is sure to be a testing encounter, will do him no harm.  Michael has refereed 11 Premier League matches this season and has issued 38 yellow cards and is yet to dismiss a player.  Michael is assisted by two of the most able and impressive Assistants on the Premier League.  Both Gary Beswick and Simon Bennett stand out from the crowd for their consistent decision-making and ability to get involved and assist the referee when needed.  I hope this continues this afternoon.  The job of controlling the technical areas goes to Paul Tierney, who will be making sure that no water bottles are in the vicinity of Mr Mourinho this afternoon!

DM at 2016-12-04 16:47:26

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Michael Oliver

AR1:  Gary Beswick (Technical area side)

AR2:  Simon Bennett (Far side)

4th Official: Paul Tierney

DM at 2016-12-04 16:43:34

As 7th meets 6th this afternoon, we should expect a no holds barred encounter as each manager sends their team out to restore their reputations and keep pace with the top 4 in the Premier League this season as a gap is already starting to appear. Goodison Park will not be the place for the faint hearted today, so the pressure on the officials could be even more than normal.

DM at 2016-12-04 16:41:06

Good Afternoon and welcome to this afternoon’s Premier League encounter Everton Vs Manchester United.