Manchester City -v- Manchester United

Manchester City -v- Manchester United

Commentary By: Trevor Simpson

FINAL SCORE: 1 - 0



TS at 2014-11-02 16:27:19

United still pressing at the final whistle as we sum up a difficult afternoon for the referee and his team. His main requirement was to penetrate the penalty area with his runs from midfield to ensure he attained the best viewing positions to judge potential penalty offences. He missed certainly 2 and potentially 3 penalty awards but was correct with his disciplinary actions after initially allowing too much leniency on the challenges in the opening 20 minutes. I am sure he will learn from this game and hopefully take the learning points into his next game. Thanks for your company this afternoon and stay with us for more great action.


TS at 2014-11-02 16:22:06

Free kick United on half way but Fellaini is penalised for holding.


TS at 2014-11-02 16:20:28

Corner to United as the game swings end to end. Sliced clearance gives United a second corner which is cleared.


TS at 2014-11-02 16:19:18

The 90 minutes are up as City get a corner with 5 minutes of Time Allowed shown by the 4th Official.


TS at 2014-11-02 16:17:47

The referee must have read this blog as he dashed into the area to award a goal kick! He should Have been so proactive earlier and possibly not missed the award of 3 penalty kicks! City almost score as Toure shoots past the post.


TS at 2014-11-02 16:15:38

Rooney down hurt in a collision with Joe Hart but it only seems to be cramp. Play stopped on half way for a drop ball restart.


TS at 2014-11-02 16:13:50

Corner to United as City hang on to the one goal lead. Goal kick awarded when it should have been a corner!


TS at 2014-11-02 16:12:21

United taking the game to City which may leave them vulnerable to the counter attack as City make another substitution and take Aguero off with 7 minutes to go.


TS at 2014-11-02 16:09:58

Caution for Fernando for a reckless challenge which gives U tied a free kick in a great position. The shot is over the bar.Yellow Cardzabaletto was also booked for the earlier challenge  giving two cautions within a minute. I thought the referee had missed the Zabaleta caution. Well done for not doing. Yellow Card


TS at 2014-11-02 16:06:42

The next goal is important as United have 3 chances to score. Hart makes a great save then Fellaini misses a great headed chance.


TS at 2014-11-02 16:04:13

City hit the post as United regroup and are still in the game at 1-0.


TS at 2014-11-02 16:02:48

Substitutions can be another area where added attention is required from the officials as the teams attempt to change the game and possibly the pattern of play. It’s a good ploy for a referee to slow the game down at substitutions if the tempo has increased and control can be threatened. Corner to City cleared but United still under pressure.


TS at 2014-11-02 16:01:01

More substitutions! Fitness and work rate are the basis of the modern game today so that the referee remained close to play and is able to sell his decisions from close proximity. This is particularly important in, and around, the penalty area where the ‘big decisions’ in the game have to be made. Goals change games and in the period of play after a goal has been scored there needs to be extra vigilance from all the officials.


TS at 2014-11-02 15:58:54

Are the Assistants and the highly experienced 4th official talking to Michael in an effort to help him with the positional aspect of his game? It is quite clear from the aspect of ‘missed offences’ that his problems have all been within the penalty area. His lack of awareness as play develops in the mid- field areas and the failure to move quicker into the best viewing positions within the penalty are his requirements. Substitution gives more thinking time!


TS at 2014-11-02 15:51:49

The pressure is on the referee for his lack of correct judgement but as City score some justice is restored. Aguero scores with a top quality shot.


TS at 2014-11-02 15:50:27

Aguero down in the area but no penalty, which replay suggests was a wrong decision, awarded then Demicheles received Caution for a reckless challenge!Yellow Card


TS at 2014-11-02 15:45:21

Corner to City on the restart with a potential handling offence not given. No grappling evident at those two corner kicks!


TS at 2014-11-02 15:43:22

City bombing the United goal but great blocking and defending still leaves the score goal-less. I am concerned that Michael Oliver appeRs to be strolling through the early stages of this half instead of increasing his work rate and getting a closer physical presence. The tackles are flying in and an injury slows the game down. The referee needs to take stock of his game plan as Rojo receives treatment for an injury to his shoulder. Substitution as the injury seems serious with oxygen being used by the physio.


TS at 2014-11-02 15:37:28

A good point made at half time was that an additional assistant referee behind each goal would have seen the award of two penalties to City! What are your views? Let us know.


TS at 2014-11-02 15:35:29

Offside decision kills the City attack. Good flag technique by Mr Burt.


TS at 2014-11-02 15:34:00

Second half kicks off with City on the ball. I hate that referee position behind play as law cannot be enforced!


TS at 2014-11-02 15:32:54

The half time interval could not come soon enough for the officials! Traumatic 45 has given the officials a problem to solve for the second half. Positioning has cost the referee on two occasions with regard to potential penalties being awarded. He’s missed both by being too far from play and his vision blocked by other players. Could his assistant Mr. Child have helped on them both or was he too far away to be credible? The whole team needs to increase their work rate and concentration during the second half as City will go for the win and United try to eke out a draw and collect one point. Should be interesting!


TS at 2014-11-02 15:22:49

Join the half time debate! The big talking point this week has been the suspension of Mark Clattenburg by the PGMOL for his failure to comply with their regulations of travel and guide lines in conversations with managers. Our half-time discussion today, where we welcome your views, is, have the PGMOL handled this situation correctly? They have in fact deprived the game of arguably their best official and also, by making the suspension known to the public, have shown their dirty washing to everyone! Could it have been dealt with ‘in house’ by fining Clattenburg but allowing him to referee so that his name did not become tarnished again? The game needs the top officials in action in the most challenging games, something that Keith Hackett has correctly identified over the course of the season so far. This is still not happening and points to inadequacies in the appointment system on the Premier League. Is there a hidden agenda within the appointment system and was Clattenburg’s public suspension something of a more political issue to affect his European status? I am sure it will be a part of the focus by our own Alan Biggs on the You Are The Ref TV show in this coming week and additional comments from you are welcomed. Let us have your views on Twitter @youaretheref or email to info@you-are-the-ref.com


TS at 2014-11-02 15:21:19

Half time whistle as the half time whistle blows! A clear DOGSO not given as United live dangerously and should have been down to 9 players and City should have had a penalty. This is not good for the referee with his judgement of offences being all to pot and he will be under pressure during the second half.! Was the game too big for him?


TS at 2014-11-02 15:18:05

Added time of 3 Minutes in the first half and it has been a half of controversy with a sending off and a missed penalty decision. This brings the question of Clattenburg into the equation as this is arguably the biggest game of the weekend and our ‘top referee’ is suspended! What have the PGMOL got to answer? Join the half time debate as I have tea and mince pie during the break.


TS at 2014-11-02 15:13:47

United have rearranged their back four with Fellaini moving back into defence. And doing well to break down City attacks. Aguerodown hurt following Fellaini’ challenge which on the replay should have been a penalty as he kicked the ankle of Auero. The referee was not in a good viewing position and missed the offence!


TS at 2014-11-02 15:09:59

Second Caution for Smalling with a reckless challenge which had probably cost United the game. Correct second caution by the referee.Yellow CardRed Card


TS at 2014-11-02 15:07:01

Is the lenient approach early in the game going to bite the referee? There was a sign of some aggression by Joe Hart following Smalling jumping at him as he cleared the ball. Make no mistake, this is a BIG game and Michael will need to be on his toes to maintain control. He could get closer to play and put his personality into the equation to assist his control. More effort and work rate required!


TS at 2014-11-02 15:02:39

With what had gone on before, it seemed a somewhat harsh caution for what was more careless than reckless. A public admonishment to Rooney followed by a caution for Smalling gives signs that the referee is under pressure. I mentioned the word ‘ consistency’ earlier and this is not being demonstrated. Yellow Card


TS at 2014-11-02 14:58:40

Blind receives the first caution of the game on 27 minutes as the referee defines his tolerance level. Spray can time Yellow Card


TS at 2014-11-02 14:57:09

A couple of. Hallenges by James Milner looked full of aggression but no free kick awarded. Michael is trying to let the game flow but must be aware of players taking his approach as some sign of weakness. I hope they don’t as he is contributing to an open, free flowing contest.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:54:23

Drop ball restart gives City the ball back in the spirit of the game. Free kick United as we reach the midway point in the first half. The crowd getting on the referee’s back as some decisions are not given to perception.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:52:05

Superb offside judgement by Mr Child before De Gea and Aguro are injured. City getting on top.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:49:08

Foul on Aguero gives City a free kick in a good position.but it results in a goal kick.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:47:50

United have slightly shaded the first 15 minutes but it is still an even contest as referee Oliver keeps his powder dry for later in the game.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:45:31

Advantage played in the defensive area for United but it came off for him! Grappling results in free kick to United when a Caution should have been sued. Was he right to not caution so soon or is it a sign of weakness which could escalate as the game progresses? Firm word for Jovetic for his second holding offence.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:41:58

Shaw guilty of holding gives City their first free kick. Correct decision.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:40:03

Free kick retaken as United get a second free-kick for afoul on Rooney. Some reaction from City players that they. Isn’t have had a free kick moments earlier. Michael handled it well.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:36:12

Michael Oliver took up a Good position adjacent to the penalty area on the last City attack. Maintaining a position within 20 to 25 yards of the ball ensures that decision making has added credibility. If this is followed by the referee continuing to move towards the incident then added credibility is attained and physical presence will deter any reaction and ensure that the restart is managed more proactively.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:33:14

Second offside against United correctly awarded as City get their defensive shape right early in the game.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:31:38

Free kick on 30 seconds for United in midfield area but offside correctly awarded by Mr Burt.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:30:13

The whistle blows and we’re underway. The referee will have done his homework on both teams in an attempt to be in total control. He’ll be aware of where his problems might arise and let’s hope that he will be able to get into the best viewing positions to judge incidents. This is the second weekend of using the ‘Hi-Viz’ balls. What do you think they contribute to the game? Do they have a valid purpose or is it a marketing ploy to sell more product to junior football? Let us know your thoughts through the usual channels.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:26:55

The teams are in the tunnel ready to enter the arena for today’s game as the Assistants carry out the equipment check in readiness for the contest.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:26:23

A team sheet change may be required as City have number 11 injured in the warm up! The change will need to be authorised by the visiting manager and the referee but in the spirit of the game, that should be a formality. The injured player I believe. is Kolorov and he will be replaced.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:21:37

The big talking point this week has been the suspension of Mark Clattenburg by the PGMOL for his failure to comply with their regulations of travel and guide lines in conversations with managers. Our half-time discussion today, where we welcome your views, is, have the PGMOL handled this situation correctly? They have in fact deprived the game of arguably their best official and also, by making the suspension known to the public, have shown their dirty washing to everyone! Could it have been dealt with ‘in house’ by fining Clattenburg but allowing him to referee so that his name did not become tarnished again? The game needs the top officials in action in the most challenging games, something that Keith Hackett has correctly identified over the course of the season so far. This is still not happening and points to inadequacies in the appointment system on the Premier League. Is there a hidden agenda within the appointment system and was Clattenburg’s public suspension something of a more political issue to affect his European status? I am sure it will be a part of the focus by our own Alan Biggs on the You Are The Ref TV show in this coming week and additional comments from you are welcomed. Let us have your views on Twitter @youaretheref or email to info@you-are-the-ref.com


TS at 2014-11-02 14:14:39

With United having Rooney back and City being without David Silva, the balance of the game could favour the visitors following a bad week for City and United drawing with the league leaders at Old Trafford last weekend. It’s an intriguing game in prospect and it should prove challenging for the officials. Michael Oliver has adapted to his high-profile position on FIFA very well with his rapid, and deserved, rise to the top over the past 10 years. I worked with him at the Dallas Cup where he was like a sponge as an 18 year old, soaking up the tips on refereeing from everyone. His father – Clive, was a part of my PGMOL coaching group too and has been an important part of the development of Michael into the quality official he is today. We wish him well in his arbitration of the game today and hope he manages it successfully without being the subject of any major controversy.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:06:24

The outcome of this game is a tough one to predict. City lost to Newcastle in midweek and United salvaged a draw against Chelsea with a Goal by reliant Robin van Persie in the dying seconds of their home game last Sunday. That game proved eventful for referee Phil Dowd with 9 cautions and a dismissal as well as the failure to spot severe grappling offences in the penalty area which should have resulted in a penalty kick to Chelsea. His management of the game should have been better with critical analysis of his performance being spotlighted on the Ref Cam blog as well as by Mark Halsey in the You Are The Ref TV interview. Phil’s caution technique was lacking as he delivered his cards from too great a distance and this meant that he could not enforce his cautions with better verbal dialogue. At the dismissal of Ivanovic he avoided eye contact with the player and flashed the card before United scored from the resulting free kick. By contrast, today’s referee Michael Oliver was rightly praised for his courage in awarding the penalty, for grappling, at Stoke against the home team. Interestingly his position at the corner was not the ridiculously prescriptive place being adopted by officials where the best viewing angle is not achieved. Instead, Michael chose to move more central and had a good position to see the grappling. This is something we’ll be watching for today in this potentially enthralling local derby.


TS at 2014-11-02 14:02:17

Manchester City -v- Manchester United
Sunday November 2nd 2014. Kick-off 1.30pm
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant 1: S. Child
Assistant 2: S. Burt
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend