Manchester United v Arsenal

Manchester United v Arsenal

Commentary By: Andy Martin

FINAL SCORE: 1 - 1



AM at 2015-05-17 18:14:34

The Refcam weekend is rounded off tonight with our Sunday night MLS coverage at 22.00 hrs when Orlando take on LA Galaxy match, as we go stateside! followed on Monday night by the Champions Chelsea as they take on West Brom then onto Wednesday night ko 19.45 hrs for a crucial tie at The Emirates when Arsenal playing for a runners up place take on Sunderland who need a point to be certain of avoiding relegation in the Premier League! with Anthony Taylor in charge.

Have a good evening and don`t forget to tune into Orlando v LA Galaxy tonight at 22.00hrs.

Regards

Andy Martin


AM at 2015-05-17 18:12:45

During the week, why not visit our website for Part One of our interview Kim Milton Nielson where he gives an open and honest opinion that the overall decline in refereeing standards in England is being replicated elsewhere in Europe – http://you-are-the-ref.com/you-are-the-ref-interview-kim-milton-nielsen-part-one/

 Take a look at the ref show for all the latest news and views on the big weekend talking points the latest show has Alan Biggs No 1 Interviewer with David Hurst ex Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton and England Striker with Keith Hackett ex HEAD OF REFEREES AT THE TOP LEVEL OF ENGLAND. 

http://you-are-the-ref.com/yatr-tv/the-ref-show/

 Have a look at the tournament in July 2015:

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AM at 2015-05-17 18:08:30

What are your thoughts on the Match Officials Performance today?

 

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AM at 2015-05-17 18:06:09

 

Well that was an entertaining game and one that has to be down the high level of match control of todays referee Mike Dean who is clearly in a fine run of top form as he tops the Premier League Referees League. From last Sundays masterful performance at Man City he has again managed this game in an effective and preventative manner. From the outset it was clear who was in charge, his reading of the game and management of players was quite simply outstanding. The player respect was clear as the game built up and Mike also showed a clear respect for the players and he did not have to or need to resort to the showing of cheap yellow cards in an effort to assert his match control. I cannot recall an incorrect judgement at all in this game and believe you me this game has all the ingredients of a challenge for any referee. It only takes one missed crucial decision and you are then chasing the game.

Both Assistants offered very good support to Mike in their reading of offsides their key judgement area. I mentioned some pieces on positioning, which both corrected in the  2nd half.

Well done all Match Officials todays and in particular for the way that Mike Dean led his team into battle and came out on top.

 

 

 

 

 

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AM at 2015-05-17 17:53:56

Full Time1-1

 


AM at 2015-05-17 17:53:36

MD in an accelerated movement to keep in touch with play does not award anything to Arsenal as they claim a decision. MD having none of it and clears off away from the scene and leaves Ramsey having a moan at his back. Good management from MD.


AM at 2015-05-17 17:50:45

Mata offside as SL applies the letter of the offside law to perfection. When Mata becomes active, so SL raises his flag in the air to confirm this fact, Mata has a quiet discussion with SL who advises him why he is offside, good communication seen here.


AM at 2015-05-17 17:48:44

Free kick to Arsenal as MD brings play back and from his position and authority who would dare argue?


AM at 2015-05-17 17:47:41

Arsenal attacking and Walcott has made a difference as they look to attack nearside. MU offside. Correct. SL

Arsenal sub 17 off 20 on as Arsenal look to hold on to a point.

5 minutes of added time are shown by MO


AM at 2015-05-17 17:45:28

Van Persie strikes over the Arsenal bar


AM at 2015-05-17 17:44:30

Free kick to Arsenal MD has a quiet word with Herrera to keep him within his control and is good man management as we enter the final 3 minutes and added time


AM at 2015-05-17 17:42:45

Again, we have just seen MD enter the penalty area to make his judgement no penalty (Giroud) and a goal kick to MU. Good teamwork with LB in their correct judgement on 2 counts as a team


AM at 2015-05-17 17:40:40

Mata careless and again MD blows a good blast of the whistle and from the free kick to Arsenal, Walcott runs on from a tight on side position (correct from LB) to score

GOAL! although replays show deflected from MU player as the ball travelled into the MU goal


AM at 2015-05-17 17:37:40

Good view and judgement from a close view from MD – no free kick


at 2015-05-17 17:37:00


AM at 2015-05-17 17:35:56

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AM at 2015-05-17 17:34:49

The Refcam weekend is rounded off with our Sunday night MLS coverage at 22. hrs when Orlando take on LA Galaxy match, as we go stateside! followed on Monday night by the Champions Chelsea as they take on West Brom then onto Wednesday night ko 19.45 hrs for a crucial tie at The Emirates when Arsenal playing for a runners up place take on Sunderland who need a point to be certain of avoiding relegation in the Premier League! with Anthony Taylor in charge.


AM at 2015-05-17 17:33:57

Can MU hold on to their lead?

 

 

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AM at 2015-05-17 17:32:49

Ball out of play as Arsenal make 2 subs.

39 off 14 on and 19 off and 10 on as Bellerin makes way for Walcott he has been subject to Youngs burst of speed down the flanks, and glad of the break

MU sub 5 off 42 on and 1 off De Gea and 32 Valdes makes his debut


AM at 2015-05-17 17:27:53

As we enter 70 minutes no cards produced as yet and this has to be down to the art of MDs management of the game and match control as I have made reference to in my BLOG. Players have massive respect for him and his judgements


AM at 2015-05-17 17:26:19

No free kick awarded to Arsenal and MD has been consistent in this area of judgement, from a close and good angle


AM at 2015-05-17 17:25:20

Young again offside and this is MUs 6th offside as Arsenal play a high line to catch Young offside.


AM at 2015-05-17 17:24:29

From an Arsenal ck there are half hearted appeals for shirt pulling and a penalty kick to Arsenal not for me as both are having some grappling together. MD keeps play moving and from A de Gea throw Young is away, offside by SL correct, followed up by a free kick to Arsenal


AM at 2015-05-17 17:21:41

It only needs a contentious decision to turn a game of this magnitude and that is why all match officials must keep completely focussed


AM at 2015-05-17 17:19:40

A good combination of free kicks awarded as MD looks to keep the contest well in his control. He knows exactly when to give / not to as he keeps the game within his bound of match control


AM at 2015-05-17 17:18:09

MU sub 9 off 20 on, is this the end of Falcao as he waves good bye to the crowd?


AM at 2015-05-17 17:17:10

MD again is adjusting his spray belt, must be a bit of a nuisance for referees to have this around your waist


AM at 2015-05-17 17:15:38

Another raised offside flag against MU from SL which is correct as replays have just shown


AM at 2015-05-17 17:14:39

Good movement from MD across field as MU break into midfield and this is then broken up by the raised flag of SL for offside which is correct


AM at 2015-05-17 17:13:03

CK to Arsenal as LB takes up the prescribed position behind the corner flag with his flag in his left hand nearest to the referee and in his view in case a judgement is to be made


AM at 2015-05-17 17:11:29

MD is really reading this game very well and his vast experience at this level is shining through as he even has time out to adjust his spray belt as MU attack!


AM at 2015-05-17 17:09:35

MD – Good arm / hand signal in the award of a throw in to MU, HE IS RIGHT IN LINE WITH HIS JUDGEMENT


AM at 2015-05-17 17:08:24

CK off Blind MD has achieved a good angle to detect the deflection, again good angle and position to pick this up


AM at 2015-05-17 17:06:55

Again, Ashley Young involved in an attack as he was with the Man Utd goal


AM at 2015-05-17 17:06:07

Falcao fouled and a quick free kick allowed as Arsenal players think about questioning the award, works well and soon gets them back into position


AM at 2015-05-17 17:03:58

Early free kick from MD, followed by another, MD clearly comes out of the blocks very well, no dwelling in the dressing room. Important that you are totally switched on from the start


AM at 2015-05-17 17:02:27

2nd half underway good blast of the whistle from MD effective


AM at 2015-05-17 17:01:46

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AM at 2015-05-17 16:55:28

As we reflect on the first half it is quite clear that MD has made an exciting first half look easy. Why? well he started off by getting in the right place with a good viewing angle to make judgements accepted overall by all players (remember the significance of the game) he has taken time in the 40th minute to stop and say hey I am in charge let us calm things down and get on with the game. Excellent man management and one that has been well accepted by all players. He has this game well in control and only he alone can loose control of this game.

As for our ARs Key decisions offside have all been correctly judged.

Development for LB is his position that he must improve getting in line with the 2nd rearmost defender.

SL – just consider the collision with the player and look to move sharper and quicker out of the way to avoid this occurring in the future. Unfortunately at this level there is no referee assessor so there will be no one to advise him or LB of this fact. See HACKETTS BLOG for his thoughts on the non use of a referee assessor at this level.


AM at 2015-05-17 16:47:07

Half Time1-0

 

 


AM at 2015-05-17 16:46:48

1 min added time as MU appeal for a throw in .LB is not swayed by their appeals and signals to Arsenal


AM at 2015-05-17 16:45:54

Free kick to MU spray out and from the free kick Blind has a goal bound effort blocked by his own player!


AM at 2015-05-17 16:44:49

At this level your concentration, judgement and effective movement as an AR should see you avoiding dropping your flag as this clearly affects your concentration and can lead you to missing incidents


AM at 2015-05-17 16:43:12

Simon Long from a very close position has lost his flag following a player challenging into him and his position here would have been better if we had seen a quicker movement along the touchline to avoid this collision


AM at 2015-05-17 16:40:27

Free kick to Arsenal following foul close to goal line good spot would have been from AR Lee Betts – good teamwork here see


AM at 2015-05-17 16:39:29

Falcao offside judgement from LB


AM at 2015-05-17 16:37:32

MD well in control takes some time out to have some words with OZIL MD is looking relaxed and calm and showing an empathy for the game as he takes time out to exert his authority, good to see no need for any cards as yet.


AM at 2015-05-17 16:35:38

I have previously raised in my BLOGS the importance of keeping your position as an AR in line with the 2nd rearmost defender this is currently my biggest gripe at the moment that ARs at this or any level  must be in line at all times to make these crucial offside calls


AM at 2015-05-17 16:33:05

MD is well in control as we approach the 33 minutes mark


AM at 2015-05-17 16:32:27

GOAL!Herrera 1-0. As we look at the replays of the attack on the far side then Lee Betts is some way out of line with the 2nd rearmost defender and a goal is scored as we have said earlier from Young`s cross, which MU are using to great affect

 


AM at 2015-05-17 16:30:14

De Gea just gets to the ball first in a clearance, again MD and SL have to in a good position for any key judgements that may have to be made


AM at 2015-05-17 16:27:48

Offside against Falcao who is clearly their front target man. United are feeding Young to get at Bellerin on his left. Fellaini is careless with his arm in a challenge with Mertesacker and MD explains to those players around his reasons for the award of a free kick, good communication seen here


AM at 2015-05-17 16:24:58

The playing surface is clearly a problem for the players which is suggesting that wrong studs have been chosen. Sanchez has already changed his boots


AM at 2015-05-17 16:21:54

My early thoughts so far MD well in control, respect clearly seen from players in their acceptance of his decision making accuracy


AM at 2015-05-17 16:20:39

Good communication from MD with his arms out wide, no free kick lets players around him, know his thoughts and no award


AM at 2015-05-17 16:19:22

MD is having a dance around the ball as Arsenal move the ball around the field in an attacking position, advantage again applied by MD good arm signals seen


AM at 2015-05-17 16:17:46

Lee Betts is also positive on a throw in close to him, easy you may think but more difficult they are close to your position


AM at 2015-05-17 16:16:38

MD positive on correct placement of throw in to Arsenal. Basics but let us get it right.


AM at 2015-05-17 16:15:47

Again free kick to MU, after a slight pause to see if there was any advantage to MU. MD then points to the position of the free kick with a sharp blast of the whistle and the free kick award is completely accepted by all. Spray is out for the first time. Good management of the defensive wall seen


AM at 2015-05-17 16:13:57

Great advantage to Arsenal by MD, just paused for a fraction and then applied the advantage clause, with a good signal seen


AM at 2015-05-17 16:12:14

MD from a close view awards a free kick to Arsenal in their penalty area, again his close position and good angle helps to sell the decision


AM at 2015-05-17 16:10:55

Good non offside flag from Lee Betts against Falco. Good judgement as replays show


AM at 2015-05-17 16:09:55

Key areas that we will be looking at in our ARs today:

 

 

 

Assistants key areas:

  • Accurate (no) offside
  • Decisions and wait and see technique
  • Adequate alertness and good co-operation with the referee
  • React to incidents happening in his / her visual control
  • Efficient control at set pieces / dead ball (eg. corner kicks, free kicks and goal kicks)
  • Good positioning and movement
  • Adequate flag technique flag always in the hand close to play and visible for the referee / signals

 

 


AM at 2015-05-17 16:08:21

AR Lee Betts (LB) is on the nearside technical area touchline and Simon Long (SL) is on the far touchline and in our view


AM at 2015-05-17 16:07:07

Good viewing position adopted by MD for the dropping zone from a Man Utd GK clearance, did you notice his position right there as the players challenge for the ball


AM at 2015-05-17 16:04:39

MD right there in a quick Arsenal break as the ball leaves the field of play for a throw in


AM at 2015-05-17 16:03:59

Todays referee Mike Dean refereed at Man City last week v QPR and the comment on his performance was masterful and effortless let us hope that we see a continuation of that today in what in the past has been some red hot matches.


AM at 2015-05-17 16:01:50

Playing surface looks excellent as we enter the final home game for Man Utd this season


AM at 2015-05-17 16:00:19

Mike Dean is all ready to blow his whistle and signal the kick off, here we go.

 

 

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AM at 2015-05-17 15:58:26

Todays MATCH OFFICALS are all ready and in the tunnel, just checking final matters with player equipment before entering the field of play

Referee – Mike Dean

AR1. Lee Betts (LB)

AR.2 Simon Long (SL)

4th Official Michael Oliver (MO)

We wish them all the all the best today.


AM at 2015-05-17 15:54:32

During the week why not take out some time to have a look at the following:

Please find time to view the former Head of PGMOL Referees Keith Hackett in Hackett’s blog talking about the following:

Dissent tarnishes the image of our great game

I have had the pleasure this season of watching several games at grassroots level, and I’ve been shocked by how much junior players copy the actions of the professionals they see on television.

I get very concerned when I see parents, coaches, and players screaming at the referees and blaming them for the poor performance of their team.

It is no wonder that we have referees walking away from the game because they are no longer enjoying their hobby.

So, you referees, it is time for you to act and not ignore the poor behaviour you are faced with.

There is no doubt that, if allowed to go unchecked in a game, dissent will undermine your authority and will lead you on a path to a loss of respect and control if you are weak.

At the first sign of dissent, by word or action, take this opportunity to assert your authority. I would advise you to take the player to one side and if appropriate issue a public warning that you will not tolerate this type of behaviour. Players and spectators alike will be in hearing distance and your verbal warning will permeate across both sets of players.

If the dissent is open and public then of course you can act immediately by issuing a yellow card – your decision.

If the player is guilty of using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures then a red card is the appropriate course of action to take. More to read on this article please take a look at –

What are your thoughts regarding dissent from grass roots level up to the highest level?

 

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AM at 2015-05-17 15:48:45

With Assistant Referee performances currently high in the spotlight for the key errors in respect of offside. We will certainly be looking at contrasting Refereeing / Assisting Refereeing performances with our match officials today.

Referee Mike Dean is clearly having an outstanding season along with Mark Clattenburg both clearly our top 2 referees in my opinion. What are your thoughts?

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

 

 

By stark contrast we will be looking at today 2 Assistant Referees who are working hard to retain their positions at the top level of our game. This has been blogged by our own REF CAM experts who have all officiated at the highest level of our game and today we have to ask why?

Our Flagging Assistants are currently coming under increasing scrutiny following a number of high profile offside errors with the latest being by Peter Kirkup in the early minutes of the Southampton v Aston Villa game when he incorrectly raised his flag in the air to signal offside against Pelle of Southampton who was clearly onside to deny a goal..See the latest REF SHOW when our panel of experts discuss flagging assistants.

 

This show, along with all the previous editions, remains available to view athttp://you-are-the-ref.com/yatr-tv/the-ref-show/

 

This web site YATR. com is not an official Refereeing / Assistant bashing site for no reason but we tell it honestly as it is and seen YATR is as a fast developing web site unique in its own brand of Referee / Assistant Referee education. We will look closely at both Lee Betts and Simon Longs performances today and offer throughout the BLOG educational advice and guidance as and when is necessary.

4th Official is Michael Oliver

 

 


AM at 2015-05-17 15:44:52

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Manchester United are unbeaten in seven Premier League meetings between these sides (W5, D2) and they have lost just one in 12.
  • Arsenal’s last league victory at Old Trafford was in September 2006; however they did win there in the FA Cup earlier this season.
  • The Gunners’ last five top-flight victories at United have all been by a 1-0 scoreline.

Manchester United

  • Manchester United have won seven of their last eight league games at Old Trafford.
  • They have earned 43 points at home this season – only Chelsea have won more, with 46.
  • United have gone seven games without keeping a clean sheet; the last time they conceded in eight Premier League matches in a row was in September 2001.
  • Louis van Gaal’s side have scored just two goals in their last four league matches.
  • Wayne Rooney needs one more goal to equal Denis Law’s tally of 171 and move to joint third in the club’s all-time leading league scorers. Only Bobby Charlton (199) and Jack Rowley (182) have scored more.

Arsenal

  • Arsenal have won five successive league games away from home.
  • However, against the Premier League’s current top nine they have only won away to Manchester City this season (W1, D1, L5).
  • The last Premier League team to prevent the Gunners from scoring away from home was Southampton on New Year’s Day.
  • Arsene Wenger has named the same team in five successive league matches for the first time since January 1994.
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored 16 league goals this campaign. Only Thierry Henry (17) in 1999-2000 has scored more goals for Arsenal in his first season with the club.

 

 


AM at 2015-05-17 15:43:33

MATCH PREVIEW

In the rich history of this fixture – which incorporates tantrums, trophies, punches and pizza  – this is a low-key meeting.

Low key, but not entirely without importance. It’s likely that either Arsenal or Manchester United will have to play a play-off tie to confirm their place in the Champions League group stage next season. Since Uefa shuffled how they seed this stage a few seasons back, qualifying has become that bit less of a forgone conclusion.

The fourth-placed Premier League team will only be able to be drawn against teams who have similarly finished in third or fourth place in a strong league, as opposed to the champions of a weaker one. In practice, that could mean the likes of Valencia or Shakhtar Donetsk rather than Ventspils or Shakhtyor Soligorsk.

Those matches will be played in August. Arsene Wenger will certainly recall how close his side came to losing their tie against Besiktas at the start of this season.

 


AM at 2015-05-17 15:42:18

Todays referee is Mike Dean who along with Mark Clattenburg have been head and shoulders amongst our top 2 referees on the Premier League this season. Here are some stats about Mike Dean.

Referee M Dean

This season G28, Y122, R8, 4.93 cards per game

Odds H 6-4 A 2-1 D 5-2

Mike Dean has consistently officiated at the top level of English football since being appointed to the Select Group of referees in 2000. He has gone on to referee a number of crucial league and cup matches since.

Dean’s first steps on to the Football League ladder came in 1995 as an assistant referee. He was promoted to the full referees’ list two years later and went on to officiate in the top flight of English football at the turn of the millennium.

In 2003, Dean was promoted to the FIFA list and took control of the FA Community Shield between Arsenal and Manchester United a year later. A Championship Play-off Final followed in 2006 and he was in the middle for his first FA Cup Final in 2008, when Portsmouth defeated Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium. He also officiated Birmingham City’s League Cup triumph over Arsenal in 2011.

Dean has enjoyed a successful international career too, which began when he officiated a friendly between Netherlands and Republic of Ireland in 2004. In addition, he’s since taken charge of Europa League and European Championship matches.

 


AM at 2015-05-17 15:39:24

My thanks to Guy Beale as we have just witnessed another impressive performance from Mark Clattenburg at Swansea City. Good afternoon and welcome to this live REF CAM game which is being played at Old Trafford the home of Manchester United in England and this crucial game this afternoon for different reasons Manchester United need a win to cement their top 4 position and Arsenal as they chase runners up spot.