Manchester United v Manchester City


RH at 2015-10-25 16:56:50

Conclusions to games such as this are drawn according to what was at stake to the those concerned, the watching masses will have wanted an entertaining game hopefully with some magical game changing moments and a no small measure of drama! The clubs and their legions of fans will have wanted to see their team win, but little else. However we here at ‘You Are The Ref’ are always interested in the role of the Match Officials and hopefully their positive impact on the game. To that end we are delighted as Mark Clattenburg and his team made an excellent contribution to this game, They built a solid platform with a credible first half display and carried that over into the second half, not many talking points despite the enormity of the occasion, just underlines what a superb contribution Mark and his team made today, some much great Refereeing technique on display and very impressive performances by Jake Collin and Richard West, well done lads!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:54:59

Full Time

Short summary to follow

RH at 2015-10-25 16:52:23

3 minutes added time

RH at 2015-10-25 16:52:04

Yellow CardGreat delayed whistle and caution as Schneiderlin fells De Bruyne while Navas pursues the ball


RH at 2015-10-25 16:50:25

The Match officials adrenalin should ensure their complete focus in these closing minutes!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:48:36

This game is still wide open as both teams have almost scored in the last couple of minutes!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:46:24

The Referee needs to stay focussed and maintain his energy levels here, you can see that as United almost scored there, that would have lit the blue touch paper for sure!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:44:01

Great to see the Referees dynamic movement around the United penalty area as that last City attack changed direction in the final third!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:41:34

Whatever you do stay with us on Refcam, because straight away after this game we are covering Jurgen Klopp’s first Premier League home game as Liverpool take on Southampton at Anfield. We’ve got more Liverpool action for you next Saturday when the Reds travel to the Capital for a fascinating Mourinho and Klopp ‘head to head’ in a 12.45 lunchtime kick off

RH at 2015-10-25 16:39:35

Kevin De Bruyne is obviously a key player for City and he’s received close attention from the United players, its also noticeable as it was near the half way line there that Mark Clattenburg closes in to monitor challenges on City’s star player, its obvious that part of the Referees game plan is to be fully aware of this players impact and involvement in the game!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:35:05

Its noticeable that the Referee raises an arm in acknowledgement of player contact that is significant but does not result in a free kick, he is communicating to the players that it was a considered call not to penalise, this is great pro-active player communication!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:31:21

The Referee maintaining his first half game plan to great effect, only raising his profile as the tempo rises, great reading of play!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:28:26

Did Rojo deliberately catch Navas there? if the Referee had seen the TV camera replay angle i just did, he may have thought so and punsihed the United players action

RH at 2015-10-25 16:24:56

United are starting to press forward with urgency, the match tempo rising accordingly!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:23:25

Adding to my earlier point about only giving free kicks when they are correct, the Referee is also judging his involvement level by playing some great advantages too!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:21:52

Jake Collin must have been on the ball to confirm that Joe Hart kept the ball in there, Mark Clattenburg acknowledging that by a raised arm!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:19:32

You can’t help but get impression that when Mark Clattenburg doesn’t award a free kick following contact, its because he’s considered  it and not just missed it!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:16:38

Looking at Mark Clattenburg today and having watched Bas Nijhuis on the City Sevilla game, I’m impressed that both Referees have a superb upright sprinting action that enables them to keep an excellent view of the game as it opens up in front of them, they then arrive and slow to observe the vital penalty area action, that’s got to help key match decision making!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:12:26

Sterling and Herrera tangle legs, no penalty!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:10:04

It will be Jake Collin’s job to monitor those Valencia/Koloarov challenges as the United wing back attacks wide right this this half

RH at 2015-10-25 16:07:38

Mark Clattenburg’s ‘duck speed’ looked good as United mounted that attack!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:06:32

The second half has commenced!

RH at 2015-10-25 16:01:26

This game is very evenly balanced and you get the impression that one incident could light the blue touch paper, but so far the Match officials have acquitted themselves well, the involvement level is good and the careless/reckless threshold well established, the same also can be said of tactical fouls were Toure was warned but Fernandinho was punished. As I said before Mark Clattenburg’s game is based on controlled urgency and presence, throw into the mix his superb mobility and positioning  and you have the basis of a winning game plan. Both Assistants have done well also, but all three will need to be on top of their game as I’m sure the biggest test is yet to come!

RH at 2015-10-25 15:51:22

Half Time

RH at 2015-10-25 15:50:58

1 minute added time

RH at 2015-10-25 15:50:43

Yellow CardKompany reckless on Martial, an easy caution but why did the City skipper do that when the United player was so wide?

RH at 2015-10-25 15:49:29

Rooney goes to ground on the edge of the City penalty, no free kick but the Referee is on the spot again!

RH at 2015-10-25 15:47:46

Richard West intervenes as Valencia commits a careless challenge on Koloarov

RH at 2015-10-25 15:46:31

A few player to player challenges at that last City corner I noted Smalling and Kompany getting to know each other!

RH at 2015-10-25 15:44:56

Yellow CardMatta loses possession and then Recklessly attempts to tackle Fernandinho back!

RH at 2015-10-25 15:42:46

Whatever you do stay with us on Refcam, because straight away after this game we are covering Jurgen Klopp’s first Premier League home game as Liverpool take on Southampton at Anfield. We’ve got more Liverpool action for you next Saturday when the Reds travel to the Capital for a fascinating Mourinho and Klopp ‘head to head’ in a 12.45 lunchtime kick off

RH at 2015-10-25 15:42:19

Sterling went to ground in that last City attack, despite protests you have to say that the Referee was on the spot!

RH at 2015-10-25 15:40:33

Pity that United attack broke down, the Referee worked hard to play an advantage and Rooney had options!

RH at 2015-10-25 15:39:38

Jake Collin not signalling offside before that last City corner and bearing in mind the flight of the ball he was  right not to

RH at 2015-10-25 15:36:33

I would describe Mark Clattenburg’s approach to the first half hour as Controlled urgency!

RH at 2015-10-25 15:35:28

The possession stats showing that this game is evenly poised, so both Assistants are getting an even spread of play which is good for concentration

RH at 2015-10-25 15:33:51

Richard West doing well not to signal Rooney offside as he was retreating in that last United attack

RH at 2015-10-25 15:32:01

Noticeable in this first 25 minutes how dynamic Mark Clattenburg is in his patrol path going wide when required and using explosive sprinting to great effect, a complete contrast to the Channel dominated patrol pattern of the Referees in the Champions League last week

RH at 2015-10-25 15:29:36

With two United players off the Field of play, the Match officials need to be on the ball in allowing those concerned back on in accordance with the laws

RH at 2015-10-25 15:28:15

TV replays show that he got it in an accidental clash with Kompany

RH at 2015-10-25 15:27:37

I hope one of the Match officials spot that Rooney has a bloodied gash at the back of his head?

RH at 2015-10-25 15:26:08

Mark Clattenburg showing a superb turn of speed to track that City attack, unfortunately it should have resulted in a City corner as Rojo made contact with the ball last

RH at 2015-10-25 15:24:29

Richard West signals a push by Kolarov wide on the right, looked a fair call

RH at 2015-10-25 15:22:27

Good thing that Mark Clattenburg cautioned Fernandinho because had he not, City would have taken liberates with those midfield tactical fouls, now they know the score!

RH at 2015-10-25 15:20:45

Yellow CardFernandinho earns a caution for that tactical foul

RH at 2015-10-25 15:18:53

Bony going to ground too easily in midfield for a free kick

RH at 2015-10-25 15:17:45

Not much holding/grappling at that City corner, lets hope that continues!

RH at 2015-10-25 15:15:21

TV replays confirming that any Handball offence earlier by a City defender was outside the penalty area, and would have been harsh, despite Matta’s protests

RH at 2015-10-25 15:11:56

Mark Clattenburg choosing to keep his powder dry and have words with Toure following his felling of Rooney in midfield, would that have merited a caution in another game?

What are your thoughts?

RH at 2015-10-25 15:09:46

Jake Collin will be pleased to have correctly signalled that ball over the touch line for a throw in to United

RH at 2015-10-25 15:08:20

Both Assistants will be getting their eye in and adjusting their concentration levels to shut out the crowd noise and gain maximum focus

RH at 2015-10-25 15:07:05

Looks like following an advantage signal the Referee decided on a delayed whistle in favour of City

RH at 2015-10-25 15:05:14

Our match Referee Mark Clattenburg gets us underway!

RH at 2015-10-25 15:00:29

Today’s Match Referee is Mark Clattenburg. His Assistant Referees are Jake Collin and Richard West, The Fourth Official is Craig Pawson

RH at 2015-10-25 14:58:16

Well they come much bigger than this! On our derby day, welcome to our coverage of United verses City as they face each other at Old Trafford!