FA Premier League: Manchester United v Everton


GT at 2014-10-05 13:56:41

And it’s all over as United hang on to beat Everton 2-1.

A competent and unfussy display from Kevin friend – despite the seven yellow cards as each one was well deserved and he might have had two more. Well done to him.

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GT at 2014-10-05 13:55:50

Lukaku wastes probably the last chance of the game

GT at 2014-10-05 13:55:20

Stones is stretchered off after he fell awkwardly

GT at 2014-10-05 13:52:50

Fantastic goalkeeping from De Gea as he keeps Everton out twice

GT at 2014-10-05 13:51:47

Now it’s Wilson in the book after a silly foul on Baines Yellow Card

GT at 2014-10-05 13:50:18

It’s end-to-end now as Everton look for the equaliser

GT at 2014-10-05 13:49:48

That’s the end of the 90 minutes, with 4 added ones to go on…

GT at 2014-10-05 13:49:32

Caution for Howard as he gets involved with van Persie Yellow Card

GT at 2014-10-05 13:47:49

Offside once more from Stuart Burt. Close one…but correct

GT at 2014-10-05 13:45:45

Very good call by Kevin to see Rafael concede a corner

GT at 2014-10-05 13:44:59

Di Maria tries to con Kevin into a corner kick,  but good positioning means our referee isn’t falling for that one

GT at 2014-10-05 13:43:22

An advantage opportunity missed by Kevin as he brings back play following a foul by Di Maria.

Come on Kevin, don’t let your standards drop now.

GT at 2014-10-05 13:41:52

Kevin is right on top of the action again to see a foul by Mata

GT at 2014-10-05 13:37:39

…but he gets away with it as Fellaini replaces Valencia to face his former teammates

GT at 2014-10-05 13:37:05

Jagielka really should be cautioned for that foul on van Persie

GT at 2014-10-05 13:36:10

It’s Everton’s turn for changes as Osman and Browning replace McGeady and Hibbert

GT at 2014-10-05 13:33:59

We’re into the final 15 minutes.

How will this one finish?

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GT at 2014-10-05 13:32:24

Falcao taken off, and replaced by James Wilson

GT at 2014-10-05 13:31:59

Very good refereeing by Kevin as Everton needlessly concede a free kick when they would have had a corner

GT at 2014-10-05 13:29:39

Luke Shaw has played his last part in this one as his injury problems continue. Blackett replaces him

GT at 2014-10-05 13:28:30

Another offside from Stuart Burt, but this one is a better call

GT at 2014-10-05 13:26:39

Offside on Lukaku.

That was Stuart Burt’s first one of the day, and looked highly questionable.

The benefit should be given to the attacher and Lukaku looked to have timed that one well

GT at 2014-10-05 13:24:26

Late challenge by Oviedo on Rafael.

He may have got away with that one as he has only just got on and not yet adjusted to the pace of the game

GT at 2014-10-05 13:23:24

Jagielka and Rafael have a little ‘spat’ off the ball but Kevin has spotted it and lets them know he has.

GT at 2014-10-05 13:22:06

Pienaar is substituted and replaced by Oviedo

GT at 2014-10-05 13:21:24

Good finish…

GT at 2014-10-05 13:21:04


Falcao takes a chance at last…

GT at 2014-10-05 13:18:18

Everton almost take the lead as Jagielka has one cleared off the line

GT at 2014-10-05 13:17:43

Let us not forget the huge part Kevin played in that Everton equaliser.

Some may be calling for him to play more advantage, but he is judging it perfectly for me. He tried on the build up to that goal, but there was no advantage to take, so he gave the free kick and Everton scored from it.

Excellent refereeing.

GT at 2014-10-05 13:15:28

United’s defence are nowhere to be seen again as Naismith gets in between them to get on the end of a great delivery from Baines.

GT at 2014-10-05 13:14:42


Everton score from that free-kick as Naismith powers in a header

GT at 2014-10-05 13:13:51

Kevin looked for advantage there as Valencia catches Lukaku late.

No advantage to play though, and Valencia is cautioned Yellow Card

GT at 2014-10-05 13:12:16

A naughty challenge there by McGeady.

He must have been closed to finding his way into the book for that one

GT at 2014-10-05 13:11:20

Blind guilty of another foul. He needs to be careful, having been cautioned earlier

GT at 2014-10-05 13:10:32

And again Falcao fails to open his account for United when he might have been expected to do so

GT at 2014-10-05 13:09:40

He did well there, having had so little to do so far. His first involvement was a very tight offside, but he got it spot-on.

Well done, Mick.

GT at 2014-10-05 13:08:45

McDonough called into action for the first time with a good offside call

GT at 2014-10-05 13:06:09

Falcao can”t get to the ball in time as the goal was open for him

GT at 2014-10-05 13:05:12

45 seconds in, and it’s a good decision to award a corner to United

GT at 2014-10-05 13:03:59

The second half is away as Everton get us going again.

They need to step it up several gears as they are showing lots of signs of feeling the effects of their 4,500 miles round-trip to Russia on Thursday night.

It took them 39 minutes to get a shot in and then they wasted a penalty right at the end.

United looked good going forward but once again look frail at the back. What was Luke Shaw thinking of for that penalty challenge?…

GT at 2014-10-05 12:59:32

How do you think it’s going for Kevin today?

How will this one end up?

Remember you can let us know what you think, and ask questions by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at info@you-are-the-ref.com

GT at 2014-10-05 12:51:44

A very neat and tidy first half from Kevin.

He has given the game every chanced to breathe, but with four cautions has also demonstrated he is not willing to sacrifice control for the sake of playing too much advantage.

He cannot be accused of favouring United at home either, unlike some of his colleagues, as he has correctly cautioned a couple of their players and awarded a penalty against them.

Well done, Kevin…more of the same in the second half please.

GT at 2014-10-05 12:49:42

United retain their 1-0 lead as we reach half time…

GT at 2014-10-05 12:48:51

And the keeper saves a poor penalty from Baines

GT at 2014-10-05 12:48:01

Definite penalty to Everton right on the stroke of half time.

GT at 2014-10-05 12:45:48

Just two minutes of added time to go on as we approach the end of the first half with United playing out for time

GT at 2014-10-05 12:42:13

Falcao misses another golden chance, as he ‘shins’ one over the bar

GT at 2014-10-05 12:39:51

39th minute and Everton have their first effort on goal as Lukaku blazes one over the bar

GT at 2014-10-05 12:38:59

Well done, Kevin.

Pienaar needlessly falls to the ground and puts his hands on the ball, in an effort to win a free-kick. Our referee is having none of it, and awards a free-kick to United for handball

GT at 2014-10-05 12:37:14

Everton don’t profit from it though as the ball is cleared

GT at 2014-10-05 12:36:31

That free-kick looked harsh, the United man got up earlier than his opponent and met the ball with a good header

GT at 2014-10-05 12:34:39

A quiet start for our two assistants today, particularly Mick McDonough who is running with the Everton forward line.

This is where concentration and experience are needed, as you can be called in for a big decision at any time

GT at 2014-10-05 12:32:08

Half an hour gone.

A goal and four cautions. As we said….no quarter asked or given!!

GT at 2014-10-05 12:31:19

Kevin right on top of the action again as Blind is cautioned for a foul on Naismith Yellow Card

GT at 2014-10-05 12:30:21

Almost another goal from the free kick as Di Maria tests Tim Howard

GT at 2014-10-05 12:29:46

Free kick correctly awarded on Barry – you cannot turn your back into your opponent and block his progress

GT at 2014-10-05 12:28:51

And it came from the free-kick/caution awarded by Kevin p- United took it down the right wing, the ball came across to Mata who squared it to Di Maria.

The players will get all the credit, but don’t forget Kevin’s part in that.

GT at 2014-10-05 12:27:17


Di Maria…

GT at 2014-10-05 12:26:53

Pienaar is the latest to find his way into Kevin’s notebook, as he is correctly cautioned for a foul on Rafael Yellow Card

GT at 2014-10-05 12:24:25

And that positioning pays dividends as he spots a small deflection to correctly award a corner to United

GT at 2014-10-05 12:23:41

Kevin’s movement and positioning are a joy to watch today.

He has spotted the spaces in midfield and is occupying them wisely. That keeps him close to play, but far enough from players so as not to get tangled up in their passing

GT at 2014-10-05 12:21:39

A second advantage played by Kevin as Blind fouls his opponent. Kevin then takes the opportunity to speak to the United man as play breaks down.

Superb refereeing

GT at 2014-10-05 12:19:59

The game is opening up nicely, and Kevin can take credit for his part in that, as Falcao is the latest United player to waste a good chance on goal

GT at 2014-10-05 12:18:58

United appeal for a penalty for handball but our referee is unmoved….play on

GT at 2014-10-05 12:17:37

Falcao is caught from behind by Basic, and the Everton man is cautioned Yellow Card

GT at 2014-10-05 12:16:50

Decisive refereeing there as a better-placed Kevin leads his assistant on a throw-in decision

GT at 2014-10-05 12:14:46

Good movement allows Kevin to spot a corner to Everton

GT at 2014-10-05 12:14:19

Good opening for our referee.

He stopped play for every infringement for the opening 10 minutes of the game. Players should now know where the bar is set, so he is starting to let the game flow a little more now and has introduced advantage into his game play.

Excellent refereeing.

GT at 2014-10-05 12:12:27

Kevin plays his first advantage of the game as United press forward

GT at 2014-10-05 12:11:51

10 minutes gone; two chances to United and a caution already for their captain.

No quarter being asked for, or given, in this one…as we expected.

GT at 2014-10-05 12:10:07

First caution of the game as van Persie needlessly fouls Barry at the halfway line. Yellow Card

Good decision by Kevin

GT at 2014-10-05 12:07:48

This time it’s van Persie who misses a golden chance to give United the lead

GT at 2014-10-05 12:06:53

Kevin again explains why he gave the free-kick to Everton rather than play the advantage, as Mata clips the heels of his opponent

GT at 2014-10-05 12:05:53

Excellent challenge by the Everton defender, and well judged by our referee.No foul.

GT at 2014-10-05 12:04:37

1st clear chance goes begging as Falcao fails with a header

GT at 2014-10-05 12:03:58

It’s always difficult playing advantage so early on in a game tough, as a referee likes to let the players know where his tolerance levels lie

GT at 2014-10-05 12:02:51

Good spot by Friendy for the foul to Everton, but the Toffees may have fancied an advantage

GT at 2014-10-05 12:00:33

And we’re up and running as United take the kick-off…

GT at 2014-10-05 11:55:00

It’s almost time for kick-off and a packed Old Trafford will be hoping for a firecracker of a game between these two old rivals.

GT at 2014-10-05 11:42:01

As for our refereeing team today…

Kevin Friend is the man in the middle today.

Kevin – or ‘Friendy’ as we call him when running the line – is a 43 year old Select Group referee who is popular amongst his peers and colleagues. He took charge of his first Premier League game five years ago, and can count amongst his most prestigious appointments The 2012 FA Community Shield between one of today’s teams, Manchester United, and Chelsea.

This is a challenging fixture to handle, as I can testify from experience, and Friendy will need to have his wits about him to get through today unscathed. His will also need the full concentration, support and co-operation of his two assistants, Mick McDonough and Stuart Burt. The one man perhaps breathing a sigh of relief could be his 4th official, Craig Pawson, as the two managers today are certainly less confrontational than previous incumbents of those particular roles!

Good luck to the team…may the ball run kindly for you gents.

GT at 2014-10-05 11:32:56

Hi everyone, and welcome to today’s live Refcam commentary on the Premier League game Manchester United v Everton, to be played at Old Trafford.

Manchester United, without any European football this season and a week off, should be raring to get up and go at Everton.

United are today without their talismanic captain Wayne Rooney through suspension, but having spent so much money over the summer since the arrival of the new manager van Gaal, particularly on their forward line, and despite their continuing frailties in defence, they would still expect to have too much in attack for Everton to contend with.

The Toffees were fortunate to come away from last weekend’s Merseyside derby with a point where they were outplayed for almost the entire game by Liverpool. However, they scrambled that point thanks to a thunderbolt strike from their centre half Phil Jagielka, and will have breathed a sigh of relief to have come away with a share of those spoils.

They are, of course, also only recently back from a very long journey to Russia where they lost in the Europa League to FK Krasnador on Thursday.

This is always a keenly contested fixture, and neither side will give away anything to their opponents today.

The head-to-head statistics for this one show 81 wins for United, 68 for Everton, with 41 being drawn.

Let’s hope today’s is another cracker, just like the memorable 4-4 draw back in 2012.