Manchester United v Arsenal


RH at 2016-02-28 17:00:07

So before I handover to Refcam’s coverage of the Capital One Cup Final, here are the talking points from this game

  • The Referee judged his involvement level and recognition of offences well
  • Craig Pawson was alert, purposeful and confident in his performance today
  • He moved around the field of play well reacting quickly to changes of pace and break away attacks
  • Good coverage of the final third of the field of play and seeking of good viewing angles in the penalty area channels and side of the penalty, both on his own diagonal and the Assistants
  • Good use of time , the communication system and team work with Assistant Lee Betts to manage the Herrera Ramsey double caution incident well
  • A big improvement on Craig’s performances earlier in the season
  • A big match performance!
  • Both Assistants did well, both looked confident, Lee Betts did particularly well at the double caution incident moving in well to advise the Referee

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RH at 2016-02-28 16:58:36

Full Time

Talking points to follow

RH at 2016-02-28 16:57:23

United break up play with a final substitution

RH at 2016-02-28 16:52:56

a minimum of 5 minutes additional time to be played

RH at 2016-02-28 16:52:21

United playing keep ball in the corners, Craig Pawson and Marc Perry will need to be fully focused in case anything silly goes on!

RH at 2016-02-28 16:50:41

Like Herrera Elney needs to be careful with his challenges as he’s already on a caution

RH at 2016-02-28 16:49:55

Note the Referees position in that last Arsenal attack, he went wide in the penalty area to get a good view of the challenge on de Gea

RH at 2016-02-28 16:47:49

We’ve got more action for you from this weekend’s programme, coming up after this game at 4.30 we’re covering the Capital One Cup Final from Wembley where Manchester City face Liverpool to decide who takes the first silverware of 2016!

RH at 2016-02-28 16:46:20

A good off the ball spot there by the Referee as Januzaj trips Monreal, good awareness by the Referee, that’s what I mean by keeping it tight!

RH at 2016-02-28 16:42:30

The Referee would do well to keep a tight hold on the game here, the tempo has dropped a little but it will only take a spark to re-ignite the game!

RH at 2016-02-28 16:39:20

This final fifteen minutes will be the most challenging period of the game for the Referee as the match tempo and crowd reaction has gone up!

RH at 2016-02-28 16:38:08

Herrera needs to be careful here bearing in mind that he has just been cautioned

RH at 2016-02-28 16:37:22

Yellow CardA reckless challenge by Elney on Depay earns the Arsenal player a caution


RH at 2016-02-28 16:36:39

Yellow CardYellow CardYellow cards for Ramsey and Herrera as the United player committed a Reckless challenge on the Arsenal player who responded by pushing the United player in the chest. The Referee using time and the communication system well before consulting with Assistant Lee Betts to get it right, good team work

RH at 2016-02-28 16:32:14

GOAL!Arsenal still chasing the game as Ozil makes it 3-2

RH at 2016-02-28 16:31:08

Good advantage played in that last United as the Referee was well placed to see that trip by Sanchez

RH at 2016-02-28 16:27:45

GOAL!Herrera moves in with the aid of a deflection to make it 3-1


RH at 2016-02-28 16:26:14

With an hour on the clock the Referee is in a strong position regarding his management of the game, he has not gambled but has been consistent in his recognition of offences and the level and frequency at which he has intervened, you don’t need to take any chances here Craig this game is exactly where you need it to be

RH at 2016-02-28 16:19:53

Good offside decision there from Marc Perry as he held his flag until Depay pursued the ball

RH at 2016-02-28 16:18:06

Lingard draws a careless challenge in the form of a trip from Ozil

RH at 2016-02-28 16:17:03

Again noticeable in that last Arsenal attacks that the Referee positioned himself to seek any viewing angle on the Assistants side of the penalty area, it does make you wonder if the PGMOL discussed that ‘side of the penalty area’ incident in the recent Man City v Leicester game?

RH at 2016-02-28 16:14:17

Roco fells Walcot with a careless challenge that was always going to result in a free kick

RH at 2016-02-28 16:13:01

Interesting that at half time the pundits thought that Arsenal weren’t playing that well, but in Match Official terms the game is still being played at a fast pace with decisions and calls coming thick and fast!

RH at 2016-02-28 16:10:20

Just that little bit trickier for Assistant Lee Betts this half as most of his patrol path will be done in direct sunlight, but a third will be in the shadow of the stand, he just needs to get his eye in

RH at 2016-02-28 16:07:44

The second half has begun

RH at 2016-02-28 16:01:39

Marcus Rashford may be the name on most peoples lips at half time but Craig Pawson can also be pleased with his first half performance. He’s looked purposeful today, he is alert to careless challenges and when the only reckless challenge was made by Carrick, he correctly issued a yellow card, he was equally alert to caution Varela when he hauled down Sanchez to end a promising Arsenal attack. The Referee has moved around the field of play with good direction and he has reacted quickly to break way attacks and changes in pace, United’s second goal being a good example. I also like his positioning in and around the penalty area where he is attempting to close in on those traditional Refereeing blind spots of the channels and side of the penalty area to seek those all important key match decision making viewing angles. No laid back nice guy today, more a confident, purposeful and alert Referee. Both Assistants look sharp, lets hope the second half goes just as well!

RH at 2016-02-28 15:52:26

Half Time

RH at 2016-02-28 15:51:42

a minimum of 2 minutes added time to be played

RH at 2016-02-28 15:51:21

Craig Pawson doing well to spot that blind side offence by Blind on Welbeck

RH at 2016-02-28 15:48:41

Mike Dean attempting to discus an incident with Arsene Wenger, I don’t think it was a meeting of minds!

RH at 2016-02-28 15:47:21

Consistent Refereeing as Craig Pawson maintains his recognition of offences and overall involvement level with the free kicks he is awarding

RH at 2016-02-28 15:46:09

We’ve got more action for you from this weekend’s programme, coming up after this game at 4.30 we’re covering the Capital One Cup Final from Wembley where Manchester City face Liverpool to decide who takes the first silverware of 2016!

RH at 2016-02-28 15:45:32

GOAL!Danny Welbeck pulls one back for Arsenal, this game is not over by any means!

RH at 2016-02-28 15:44:21

Assistant Lee Betts doing well to signal that Mata had not kept the ball in play before crossing

RH at 2016-02-28 15:42:23

Did you see how quickly the Referee moved into position as Mata moved in on Cech, he was only metres away as the two players moved in on the ball, than simply wasn’t happening the last time I saw him Referee at the Leicester Man City game

RH at 2016-02-28 15:39:27

Craig Pawson is very alert in this game, he is moving into position quicker, and is arriving in the final third with more impact than earlier in the season, as United mounted the attack which led to the second goal, he broke into an explosive  sprint to track play, good Refereeing!

RH at 2016-02-28 15:36:57

GOAL!Rashford again, amazing!

RH at 2016-02-28 15:34:26

GOAL!1-0 United, Rashford who else!


RH at 2016-02-28 15:33:47

Good to see the Referee covering the sides of the penalty area, both on his own diagonal and when squeezing play with his Assistant as he did just then with Marc Perry, this approach is good refereeing and will offer him the best viewing angles in the penalty area

RH at 2016-02-28 15:31:16

The Referee has decided to keep a tight hold on this game, its not physical but is certainly competitive, this is the type of game that Craig Pawson hasn’t always excelled in, but today he looks sharp!

RH at 2016-02-28 15:28:33

Marc Perry with a good flag against Sanchez, offside direct from that last free kick

RH at 2016-02-28 15:27:47

Yellow CardCarrick committed himself too early there as Welbeck was in full flight, solid caution

RH at 2016-02-28 15:26:05

Possession stats of 50/50% supporting my last comment

RH at 2016-02-28 15:24:44

This game is being played at a  high tempo, the match officials are being required to make frequent decisions, an absorbing game so far both physically and menatlly

RH at 2016-02-28 15:21:55

Another competitive tussle between players, this one going against Welbeck, fair enough!

RH at 2016-02-28 15:20:46

A good opening first minutes for Craig Pawson, he looks purposeful in his performance so far, solid free kicks a good caution and a great call to award United a free kick and not a penalty, well done!

RH at 2016-02-28 15:18:46

First big call of the game as TV replays confirm that Gabriel trips Rashford outside the penalty area, free kick, good decision!

RH at 2016-02-28 15:17:21

Depay on Welbeck sees a careless challenge that results in an Arsenal free kick

RH at 2016-02-28 15:14:34

Yellow CardVarela literally hauling down Sanchez for the first caution of the game

RH at 2016-02-28 15:13:21

Marc Perry correct in not signalling Monreal offside as he was presented with the best chance of the game so far

RH at 2016-02-28 15:11:29

With three free kicks in the opening five minutes I sense purpose from Referee Craig Pawson in these opening minutes

RH at 2016-02-28 15:10:09

Ramsey and Lingard literally getting to grips with each other, that free kick could have gone either way!

RH at 2016-02-28 15:08:59

Coquelin a bit too enthusiastic in giving away Arsenals first free kick

RH at 2016-02-28 15:07:56

Herrera concedes the first free kick with a careless challenge

RH at 2016-02-28 15:06:48

If you are watching the game on TV, Marc Perry is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Lee Betts is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2016-02-28 15:05:18

Our match Referee Craig Pawson gets us underway!

RH at 2016-02-28 15:04:53

Today’s Match Referee is Craig Pawson. His Assistant Referees are Lee Betts and Marc Perry, The Fourth Official is Mike Dean

RH at 2016-02-28 14:58:09

For very different reasons this is a must win game! Manchester United still desperate to salvage something from a very disappointing season and visitors Arsenal must keep pace with their Championship rivals, put it this way, this really isn’t a game that either team can afford to lose!