Manchester United v Everton



GT at 2017-04-04 22:06:00

Thank you again for all of your tweets tonight, it’s great to receive and read them all.

Catch up with you again very soon…

GT at 2017-04-04 22:04:37

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GT at 2017-04-04 22:04:09

I hope you enjoyed that one as much as I did and can join us again as we have lots more coming up for you…

GT at 2017-04-04 22:02:10

What a tremendous game we saw tonight, excellently refereed by Neil Swarbrick and supported by two very good assistants.

Scott Ledger was a pivotal figure in the team performance tonight, and he was unwavering in his support of Neil.

That is a s good as I have seen from Swarbs, and he has shown the PGMOL hierarchy that he deserves more of the high profile appointments.

An excellent night’s work…yes, he could be picked up for not issuing a second caution to Gueye (Everton) late into the game but put it in the context of the game at that point.

It was at boiling point and Neil chose, sensibly, to manage the situation with just a free kick.

He would not give in to the pressure the home side and their followers placed upon him, and having been there, I applaud him for the strength of character he showed all night.

An excellent night’s work…you can all drive home safe in the knowledge you played your part in this one, gents.

GT at 2017-04-04 21:54:02

And that was the final action of the game…

United escape with a point at home again.

Everton hearts must be breaking as they almost took all three points

Full Time

GT at 2017-04-04 21:52:38

GOAL! Ibrahimovic puts away the penalty kick in the 94th minute

GT at 2017-04-04 21:51:49

Massive decision…but a correct decision.

Penalty for United and a red card for Ashley Williams for a deliberate handball


88 minutes

GT at 2017-04-04 21:46:12

Very strong challenge by Davies on Bailly.

He saw the yellow card he asked for Yellow Card

GT at 2017-04-04 21:43:41

Just 5 of the regular 90 minutes to go.

What a game we have here…and what a display from referee Neil Swarbrick and his assistants.

Top drawer.

GT at 2017-04-04 21:42:30

@youaretheref @no1lino That’s a tremendous offside call by a quality Lino in Scott Ledger, such an important moment in the game, fabulous call


I could not agree more, Luke. You can draw as many lines across the field of play as you like…that is a quality call from Scott. Who, let us remember, does not have access to the technology the so called experts on TV like to use when changing their minds

GT at 2017-04-04 21:40:30

Everton are furious as Swarbs awards a corner to United…they wanted a goal kick, but it looks another superb decision by the referee

GT at 2017-04-04 21:38:48

With 10 minutes to go Calvert-Lewin comes on for Ross Barkley

GT at 2017-04-04 21:37:23

Neil is the picture of calm as the game goes yup yet another notch.

Just what the game needed…a referee who keeps his head when other may lose theirs.

GT at 2017-04-04 21:34:54

The tweets are coming in thick and fast for this one…apologies if I cannot answer you all directly but it is frantic in these closing moments

GT at 2017-04-04 21:32:48


15 minutes to go and this could still have another goal in it.

But who will get it?

Let us know what you think and give us your views by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref

GT at 2017-04-04 21:30:18

Great decision from assistant referee Scott Ledger.

Ibrahimovic was marginally offside before he put the ball into the net.

See what you missed out on there at The FA ?

This lad is quality.

GT at 2017-04-04 21:28:43

Swarbs looked for an advantage as Shaw fouls Gueye.

No advantage came so he brought back play and awarded a free kick to the visitors.

Confidence is oozing from the referee tonight.

GT at 2017-04-04 21:26:32

Rashford and Barry exchange handbags…Neil is uninterested and tells them both to get on with it.

Good refereeing

66 minutes

GT at 2017-04-04 21:24:52

Koeman reacts to United’s changes by bringing on a defender (Pennington) for an attacker (Mirallas)

GT at 2017-04-04 21:23:52

Small foul by Gareth Barry which Neil spots well.

Free kick to United

65 minutes

GT at 2017-04-04 21:23:02

United make a double change as they chase the equaliser.

Mkhitaryan and Shaw take over from Carrick and Young.

Neil continues to impress with a calm display of refereeing

25 minutes to go…

58 minutes

GT at 2017-04-04 21:15:39

Things are boiling up now…

Neil dropped the ball for a restart and Mirallas did not do the usual thing of backing away…so three United players hunted him down with Ashley Young getting a deserved caution Yellow Card

54 minutes

GT at 2017-04-04 21:12:35

Gareth Barry takes one for the team with a cynical foul on Rashford.

Deserved the caution he got Yellow Card

GT at 2017-04-04 21:10:10

This time it’s Ross Barkley committing the foul.

Ashley Young is the recipient of the England man’s poorly timed challenge.

Neil gives the free kick and we all get on with it again…

GT at 2017-04-04 21:06:55

Lukaku is brought down by Bailly on the halfway line.

No fooling Neil Swarbrick…free kick to Everton.

GT at 2017-04-04 21:05:03

30 seconds into the second half and Fellaini commis a foul on Gueye again…he may soon see yellow for persistent infirngment

GT at 2017-04-04 21:03:34


Here we go…

The second half is upon us, and it’s United who get the restart.

Can they find a way back into this one or will their Merseyside rivals take away the spoils?

Let us know what you think and give us your views by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref

Half time change for United with Blind going off for Pogba.

It’s time the £89 million pound man began paying back some of that fee.

GT at 2017-04-04 20:54:14

Well, well, well.

What a game we promised you, and what a game we have.

United’s troubled season continues as they trail Everton at home.

Will Ronald Koeman be the first manager to lead  teams into three consecutive wins at Old Trafford?

He does seem to have the ‘spell’ over his Manchester rivals.

Neil Swarbrick is refereeing as well as I have ever seen him do….and he is being very well assisted by his team mates.

Much more of the same in the second half please gents.

GT at 2017-04-04 20:49:19


It’s half time and the visitors hold a deserved one goal lead.

Neil Swarbrick and his team have been top class in that opening 45 minutes.

Every decision correct and every decision credible.

GT at 2017-04-04 20:47:54

Half Time

GT at 2017-04-04 20:47:35

Superb defending from the goalscorer, Jagielka, just as Rashford was about to pull the trigger

GT at 2017-04-04 20:45:53

Gueye pushes his luck too far this time with a foul on Ibrahimovic.

First caution of the game goes to the Everton man.

Correct call,,,,two added minutes to go on now.

Yellow Card

GT at 2017-04-04 20:44:39

Late challenge on Mirallas but Neil plays an excellent advantage as the ball goes through to Lukaku.

Confident refereeing from a man who is not afraid to take a risk.

40 minutes

GT at 2017-04-04 20:41:14

Fellaini is fortunate to avoid a caution with a blatant pull on Gana when the Everton man was making a promising attack

GT at 2017-04-04 20:39:26

Seven minutes of the half to go and Robles keeps Everton’s lead with a superb finger-tip save.

GT at 2017-04-04 20:36:57

Lukaku and |Davies both have efforts on Unite’s goal blocked as Everton look for a second goal.

Neil continues to have a cracking first half….really well refereed so far.

GT at 2017-04-04 20:33:15

Half an hour gone and the pressure is all on Mourinho and his squad now.

They have already dropped 19 points at home this season.

Will it be another three tonight?

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GT at 2017-04-04 20:31:37

…and his side is almost punished as United hit the crossbar.

Ridiculous play from the Everton man.

GT at 2017-04-04 20:30:39

What is Kevin Mirallas thinking of there?

Right on the edge of the Everton penalty area he throws Lingard to the ground.

Stupid foul to give away in a really dangerous place

GT at 2017-04-04 20:28:12

I’m loving Swarbs’ level of involvement tonight.

Football is a game of physical contact, and he happy to let players make contact, so long as they don’t foul each other.

Too many referees stifle games with safe refereeing.

GT at 2017-04-04 20:26:25

Everton are all over their Manchester rivals now…and remember…Koeman knows how to take a side to Old Trafford and win


22 minutes

GT at 2017-04-04 20:22:43

GOAL! for Everton…Phil Jagielka.

Game on…


GT at 2017-04-04 20:21:46

Herrera gets his own back on Gana with a reciprocal foul on the Everton man.

Neil sees that one too.

Free kick to Everton.

GT at 2017-04-04 20:19:56

Gana catches Herrera with a late challenge in midfield

.Free kkck to United.

Nothing else…good decision again Neil.

GT at 2017-04-04 20:16:54

Quality offside decision made on Rashford who doesn’t get the timing of his run correct

GT at 2017-04-04 20:15:13

Barkley is correctly penalised for a pull on Rashford.

Neil is not persuaded to issue a caution despite the crowds complaints.

Well done, Neil …stay strong.

GT at 2017-04-04 20:13:02

Good opening 10 minutes from referee Kev Friend.

He has settled into the game well and is judging his involvement very well.

GT at 2017-04-04 20:09:03

Scott Ledger gets into the action early with a good offside call.

Mirallas was initially not interfering with play, but he re-joined the action so Scott correctly raised his flag.

Good lining.

GT at 2017-04-04 20:05:23

Ibrahimovic was put clean through, but the big Swede is too slow off the mark and fails to test the Everton ‘keeper

GT at 2017-04-04 20:03:39

First decision, and it’s a good one.

Foul by Fellaini…I don’t think that will be his last tonight

GT at 2017-04-04 20:02:52

The expected quick start to the game has materialised.

Both sides are looking for the early advantage.

Neil is sensibly staying around the midfield area as the game looks to settle into a pattern for him to pick up on

GT at 2017-04-04 20:00:31


Everton take the kick-off and get us underway.

Here we go…

GT at 2017-04-04 19:54:14

It’s almost time for kick-off at Old Trafford

GT at 2017-04-04 19:44:39


As for our officials…

This is a massive game for the very likable Neil Swarbrick.

Neil is one of the nicest people you could wish to meet and deserves his opportunity tonight following some impressive displays this season.

What I really like about this referee is what you see really is what you get. There are no silly mind games and no ‘politics’ with Neil. He just gets on and referees what is in front of him.

Lining for the Preston-based whistler will be Constantine Hatzidakis and Scott Ledger.

Constantine is still a relative newcomer at this level and should learn a lot from this game and use it to build his promising career.

Whilst talking about politics…Scott Ledger has to be the unluckiest assistant on the list. Some time ago it seems his card may have been marked, and despite being one of the best around he has never been given the opportunity to run the line at the highest possible level.

What a tremendous loss Scott has been to that FIFA List, as reflected in the lack of real talent and numbers amongst those English officials currently sporting the blue badge.

Everyone at YATR wishes Neil and his team a great game. We all genuinely hope the ball runs very kindly for you.

Sit back and enjoy this one with us…I’m looking forward to it.

GT at 2017-04-04 19:35:38


Hi everyone, and welcome to tonight’s live Ref Cam commentary game.

Manchester United host Everton in a must-win game for the Old Trafford outfit.

Jose Mourinho was far from happy with their display at weekend and scathing in his attack on his players’ continued inability to win a game at home, this time against WBA, and will be demanding more from the league’s most expensively-assembled squad of players.

More dropped points would mean more pressure on Mourinho and that in turn brings more focus upon his misfiring team. A situation the Portuguese Special One would be keen to avoid.

Facing them tonight is an Everton team still smarting from their weekend spanking at the hands of neighbours Liverpool.

Toffees’ supremo Ronald Koeman will be looking to steer his side into leap frogging United with three valuable away points tonight, and if they do so it would bring the Dutchman a unique record. He would become the first manager in Premier League history to gain three consecutive victories at United.

And with Romelu Lukaku banging in the goals for fun this season, who would bet against him achieving that?

There is everything to play for as these two sides look to gain a place amongst the country’s elite, top four club places and therefore entry into the UEFA Champions League competition next season.

This will be a fascinating game and goals are almost guaranteed, so sit back and enjoy the coverage on Refcam, not forgetting to let us know who you believe will be triumphant and what you think of the officials by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref