Manchester United v Leicester City


RCT at 2016-05-01 16:03:02

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It’s time for me to hand quickly over for our coverage of Southampton v Manchester City – thanks for tuning in and enjoy our 2 remaining RefCam games today here on You Are The Ref.

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RCT at 2016-05-01 15:57:38

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So, the game comes to a safe and successful conclusion for the refereeing team, or did it? One very significant incorrect decision, when Mahrez should have been awarded a penalty kick at the end of the first half, has overshadowed an otherwise first rate performance for Michael Oliver.  There is also some debate as to if the Drinkwater challenge in the final 5 minutes was inside the penalty area …


RCT at 2016-05-01 15:51:09

Red Cardfor a second yellow card for Drinkwater, the card was definitely deserved, but was the contact inside or outside the penalty area ? If in doubt, the referee has to err on the side of caution and to not award the penalty-kick.


RCT at 2016-05-01 15:44:14

Michael Oliver continues to show commendable fitness and stamina levels as the game moves into it’s closing stages – being perfectly positioned to judge the ball was deflected off Mata and to correctly award a goal-kick to Leicester City


RCT at 2016-05-01 15:40:35

This game continues to ebb and flow, the refereeing team need to keep focused in order to bring the game to a safe conclusion …..


RCT at 2016-05-01 15:36:23

What would Leicester give now for 15 minutes worth of Jamie Vardy to cause chaos up front.


RCT at 2016-05-01 15:32:52

20 minutes to go, has this been the calm before the storm ……


RCT at 2016-05-01 15:29:55

Yellow Cardand this time it’s Rooney’s turn to receive a caution, he can have no complaints as he had been warned 2 minutes earlier ,,,,


RCT at 2016-05-01 15:28:44

Just after half-time I referred to a key 15 minutes of the game, which is now over, and the referee has done well to retain his control with the cautions


RCT at 2016-05-01 15:26:20

Who knows which way this game in going to go, and isn’t it great for the game that we don’t know, the ultimate theatre of sport ……..


RCT at 2016-05-01 15:23:36

That has been 3 cautions in quick succession, in my opinion essential in the context of the game to retain control.


RCT at 2016-05-01 15:21:09

Yellow CardConsistency confirmed as Drinkwater this time gets what he deserves ….


RCT at 2016-05-01 15:19:38

Yellow CardCynical by Carrick – a second correct caution by the referee


RCT at 2016-05-01 15:17:06

Yellow CardThat, to me, is a well timed caution, Lingard presenting the referee with an ideal opportunity to assert his authority in the opening stages of the second half.


RCT at 2016-05-01 15:14:42

The next 10-15 minutes are key in terms of the referee’s overall match control – we are in a key phase of the game.


RCT at 2016-05-01 15:09:58

Interesting to see the Host Broadcaster highlighting the Huth / Fellaini incident during half-time, one for the FA to review, no way the match officials could have detected that ….

Half Time

RCT at 2016-05-01 15:07:21

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So, if you are Leicester City, did you hang in for a valuable point, or go for the win …. we know the answer …..


RCT at 2016-05-01 15:01:27

Half TimeThat decision apart, the referee has been accurate with his decision making and has given his decisions with confidence and authority – with his positioning being the key feature of his game ….

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RCT at 2016-05-01 14:58:42

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Gut feeling at the time was that Mahrez was very unlucky and that a penalty kick should have been awarded, and this appears to be the case on review ….


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RCT at 2016-05-01 14:54:22

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Wow – time to catch our collective breath – some very close calls for the referee to make, and there is some debate here at You Are The Ref as to whether Mahrez won a penalty ……



RCT at 2016-05-01 14:50:28

As we approach half-time, unfortunately we did not have time to post Mark Halsey’s summary on the Swansea v Liverpool game, this will be available shortly on this RefCam site.


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:49:31

One thing which is not in doubt is that this one humdinger of a game of football ….

RCT at 2016-05-01 14:47:15

Penalty or not – let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @youaretheref


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:46:22

Once again the referee is in the optimum position to judge no offence against Mahrez, that was a close call ….


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:41:57

Interesting, was Fuchs challenge worthy of a caution, or is the referee adopting a degree of tolerance as displayed recently by Neil Swarbrick and others.


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:39:41

Rooney complains, but in reality he has nothing to complain about ….


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:38:29

Great positing and work-rate from Michael Oliver to detect that no offence had been committed by Simpson in that fast break-away attack – his position helped to sell the decision.


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:31:40

Notice if you will Micheal Oliver’s work rate as soon as possession switches and he is on the move to the next phase of play almost immediately.


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:29:42

I wonder if the Schmeichel save in the 15th minute will prove to be a pivotal point in the game …


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:28:33

A first rate opening quarter by the refereeing team, they have been quality throughout, but Huth and Fellaini needs close attention


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:25:17

Commendable refereeing in the lead up to the goal as Michael Oliver delayed the award the free-kick for the good of the game


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:23:39

GOAL! Great international standard delivery from Drinkwater and a powerful header from Morgan levels matters


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:21:25

Schmeichel down to to his left to make a great save in front of the Stretford End, when have we heard that before I wonder?


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:19:23

Great athleticism from Michael Oliver to follow the play deep into his quarter to be well placed to judge the restart.


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:17:20

Manchester United midfield doing a ‘Leicester’ and not letting their opponents settle on the ball


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:15:39

GOAL! Tottenham delight as Martial drives home of opening goal, the Home Team have deserved it for their positive attacking opening …


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:12:57

First class delayed oenal offence decision by Michael Oliver, Fellani was not pleased, but Michael was correct


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:10:59

That was a good delayed offside flag  good focus and concentration in the early stages of the game


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:06:51

Here we go ,,,,, good luck to the refereeing team …

RCT at 2016-05-01 14:01:57

Craig has some key penalty decisions to make at the Sunderland match yesterday, how did you think he performed?  Let us know by tweeting us @youaretheref or email to inf@you-er-the-ref


RCT at 2016-05-01 14:00:21

Thanks to Mark Halsey for his coverage of Swansea v Liverpool when Roger East enhanced his growing reputation of a solid Premiership referee with a great display.  The responsibility now passes to Michael Oliver, Gary Beswick and Lee Betts are Michael’s Assistance and Craig Pawson has the 4th official duties.


RCT at 2016-05-01 13:58:54

Welcome to Old Trafford, the theatre of dreams, and could this be the day that the dreams of the Leicester City faithful are fulfilled with a win? Let us not forget that Manchester United also have something to play for, with the exciting young 3 forwards of the Home Team sure to pose a threat, it’s going to be a great afternoon.