Manchester United v Bournemouth


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AH at 2017-03-04 15:50:27

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AH at 2017-03-04 15:45:44

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Here at You Are The Ref, we are all about giving a balanced view, offering praise when it’s due, but we must also be critical if things have not gone well, and the latter applies.  I am duty bound to report that Kevin Friend’s performance was well below the standard expected at Premier League level and must be described as inept.

His world collapsed at the end of the first half when he applied a very unwise advantage when Mings clattered Rooney close to the penalty area; the safe decision would have been to award a free-kick to the Home Team, unfortunately an unwise advantage was allowed.  This led to Mings stamping on Ibrahimovic, the latter takes revenge with an elbow the face and then Surman commits a further offence, which results in a red card.  It’s back to basics with SAFETY FIRST REFEREEING, which was not in evidence here, halting play would have avoided the carnage.

For the second half, it appeared to this observer that the referee was no longer thinking clearly.  He appeared troubled and lethargic, and to me he did not have the mental strength to put the first half incident behind him.

I am sure that the FA will review the incidents an take retrospective action against those involved, a touch ironic with IFAB discussing the use of video technology in-play.  Pick the bones out of that little lot, Mr. Video Referee.

One final point, should the Assistant Referees and the 4th official have been more reactive in this situation, I ‘ll leave that thought with you.


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AH at 2017-03-04 15:27:04

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Honours even at Old Trafford – summary to follow in 5 minutes – much to talk about …..


AH at 2017-03-04 15:21:46

#MUNBOU 5 minutes of additional time – 5 minutes too many for the refereeing team I guess who will just want to get back to the sanctity of their dressing room.


AH at 2017-03-04 15:18:01

#MUNBOU an astute comment by @IAmTheSecretRef on twitter, stating that the refereeing team has “collectively failed” – I cannot disagree with that sentiment.


AH at 2017-03-04 15:15:52

Yellow CardRashford joins the ever increasing numbers who have been disciplined, but there are some names missing …..


AH at 2017-03-04 15:14:09

#MUNBOU I am reluctant to be over critical, but I am duty bound to report another poor decision by the referee.  Arter’s challenge on Pogba was undoubtedly reckless, and the fact that the former had already been cautioned should not have influenced the decision making, but it did!  Arter should have been shown a 2nd yellow card, he is very lucky.


AH at 2017-03-04 15:08:57

Yellow CardGosling is cautioned for objecting to the penalty – did he have a point – what do you think?


AH at 2017-03-04 15:06:32

More controversy – Smith is judged to have intentionally handled and a penalty is awarded to Manchester United.  So questions spring to mind, did the ball travel a significant distance, were Smith’s arms in a natural position – let me know your thoughts by tweeting us @youaretheref


AH at 2017-03-04 15:00:31

#MUNBOU – Thanks to @RedSteva for his comments with regard to the referee not seeing the stamp or the elbow, but I am sorry, I cannot accept that at least one of the four officials did not see the incidents – at this level, refereeing is, and must be, a team game!


AH at 2017-03-04 14:55:08

#MUNBOU That’s better refereeing – give a ‘risk free’ free-kick, as opposed to applying the advantage clause, which means no retribution and still allows the attacking team a shot on goal.


AH at 2017-03-04 14:52:08

Unsurprisingly, Twitter has gone bonkers with comments following the chaos at the end of the first-half.  Thanks for your comments, keep them coming to us here @youaretheref


AH at 2017-03-04 14:49:41

Yellow CardMuch clearer thinking by Kevin Friend as Carrick’s cynical challenge on King gets the card it deserved – he certainly ‘took one for the team’ on that occasion.


AH at 2017-03-04 14:47:00

At last. some proper football to report on as Boruc tips Pogba’s thunderbolt around the post in fine style ….


AH at 2017-03-04 14:45:38

#MUNBOU – lest we forget, we have 3 points to play for here.  It is hoped that the second half will bring us talking points for the right reasons – the Home Team have a man advantage and they should have the guile to make it tell.


AH at 2017-03-04 14:42:50

The key now for Kevin Friend is to sit tight on the first 15 minutes of the second period, no advantages, keep things tight – Safety First Refereeing !


AH at 2017-03-04 14:40:21

#MUNBOU So – here’s a major test for the refereeing team as the 2nd half gets underway.  Does Kevin Friend have the mental strength to put the first-half carnage behind him and referee to the required standard for the final 45 minutes. Time will tell, but it’s a tough ask ….

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AH at 2017-03-04 14:37:29

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AH at 2017-03-04 14:33:44

Half Time #MUNBOU Here’s my thinking – the advantage call when Mings clattered Rooney in the build up to the incidents was the start of the problem.  Had Kevin Friend stopped play there and then, Mings does not stamp on Ibrahimovic, the elbow does not go in and Surman does not commit a further offence.  It’ s back to basics with SAFETY FIRST REFEREEING, which was not in evidence here.

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AH at 2017-03-04 14:28:40

Half Time.  #MUNBOU There can be only one talking point – an almost perfect refereeing performance is in pieces as serious offences have been missed. There is little doubt that both players should have been dismissed, and clear thinking was clearly not in evidence in the closing stages of the first half.



AH at 2017-03-04 14:23:40

Yellow CardRed CardAmongst the chaos and carnage, a second yellow card is issued to Surman and the Away Team #6 departs, but the main protagonists have got away with very serious offences.


AH at 2017-03-04 14:21:00

#MUNBOU Well – isn’t it amazing how the game can turn for the referee based on one passage of play.  Mings stamps on Ibrahimovic in an off-the-ball incident and the Swede takes revenge with an elbow to the Face. 2 clear red card offences, both missed by the officials.


AH at 2017-03-04 14:14:43

Yellow CardIgbrahimovic joins Arter and Surman in the book, assuming for something said.


AH at 2017-03-04 14:12:00

GOAL!Mark Pugh tricks Phil Jones and Kevin Friend good not be better placed to correctly award a penalty-kick. No complaints at all as King confidently coverts the penalty to level the scores at 1-1.


AH at 2017-03-04 14:05:55

Yellow CardSurman’s reckless challenge brings him a deserved caution …..


AH at 2017-03-04 14:03:56

Harry Arter is not having the best of afternoon’s as the referee has no choice but to warn him that further misconduct will result in a red card – good pro-active refereeing as the Bournemouth player needs to remain calm


AH at 2017-03-04 14:00:36

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AH at 2017-03-04 13:59:16

London Buses or what – no penal offences for the first 25 minutes, and then 2 come along at once, both given with a minimum amount of fuss by the match referee.


AH at 2017-03-04 13:55:33

GOAL! No surprise as Rojo opens the scoring, an honourable mention to Darren Cann for the accuracy of his non-offside call as the the Manchester United defender makes it 1-0


AH at 2017-03-04 13:53:17

Kevin Friend again making a current judgement as Adam Smith requires treatment, no offence was the call, correct in my opinion


AH at 2017-03-04 13:49:41

#MUNBOU I wonder of there has ever been a Premier League game before this one where no penal offences have been awarded in the first 20 minutes?


AH at 2017-03-04 13:47:00

This is more like a game of basketball – you attack, we attack, you attack, we attack – surely it’s just a matter of time before the opening goal.


AH at 2017-03-04 13:45:03

Yellow CardA good solid application of the advantage clause allows the Home Team to develop a promising attack, with Kevin Friend having the skills to return to Arter’s foul against Carrick and correctly award the Bournemouth midfield player a caution, text-book refereeing.


AH at 2017-03-04 13:41:55

#MUNBOU 10 minutes gone as guilt-edge chances go begging at both ends of the field of play – no concerns for the team of 4 in black so far.


AH at 2017-03-04 13:38:47

The answer to our pre-match quiz, Ted MacDougall holds the record for scoring 9 goals in an FA Cup tie for Bournemouth in their 11-0 victory over Margate in November 1971.


AH at 2017-03-04 13:36:20

Kevin Friend allowing play to continue on a couple of occasions already, both decisions looking good to me.  He appears to letting play flow …


AH at 2017-03-04 13:34:16

Kevin seems very relaxed in the opening phases of the game, nothing to test him so far, good news all round.


AH at 2017-03-04 13:30:12

Here we go – good luck to the refereeing team


AH at 2017-03-04 13:27:53

The refereeing team of Kevin Friend, supported by Darren Cann and Mark Scholes, make a swift return to RefCam, having being featured on one of our games 2 weeks ago.  Lee Probert continues his comeback with the 4th official duties.


AH at 2017-03-04 13:24:24

#MUNBOU We are covering 6 RefCam matches over the weekend, including our first MLS game of the season as Orlando take on New York City, KO at 10pm UK time tomorrow evening.


AH at 2017-03-04 13:22:33

Both Liverpool and Arsenal feature in our 2nd RefCam coverage of the day, kick-off at 5.30pm, with expert analysis from former World Cup Assistant Referee Glenn Turner.  Glenn never holds back on his thoughts and opinions, it’s always a great read, so why not tune in later today.


AH at 2017-03-04 13:20:10

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AH at 2017-03-04 13:17:26

#MUNBOU The visitors today may well be looking nervously over their shoulders at the dreaded 18th place and will not want to become involved in a relegation dog-fight.  The Home Team will leap above rivals Arsenal and Liverpool into the cherished 4th place should they take 3 points, so it’s all to play for.


AH at 2017-03-04 13:15:00

Students of the game (or should I say anoraks!) will be aware of Ted MacDougall, a Scottish born 1970’s centre-forward who played for both Manchester United and Bournemouth, although his time at our hosts today was not the most prolific of his career.  A quick question before the game gets underway, which goal-scoring record does Ted MacDougall hold?  Answers please to our twitter page @youaretheref, I will announce the answer before kick-off.


AH at 2017-03-04 13:11:00

Welcome to our RefCam coverage of Manchester United v Bournemouth from Old Trafford.  It’s lunchtime here in the UK, and it is often the case that the early kick-offs do take a while to spring into life, let’s see what unfolds today.