Manchester United v Newcastle United


GT at 2014-12-26 17:52:50

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GT at 2014-12-26 17:52:04

To sum up today’s performance, I’m afraid Mike Jones has done nothing for me to change the opinion that he is out of his depth at this level.

Match officials ‘live or die’ by their big decisions, Mike completely blew his today in the first half.

With the game evenly poised at 0-0 he failed to give a clear penalty to Newcastle.

He followed that up in the second half with a missed caution on Manchester’s Phil Jones.

OK, he correctly awarded one to Newcastle with the game over on 85 minutes, but that does not atone for his major blunder.

Not the kind of performance we rightly expect to see at this level and Mike needs to have a look at his poise, posture, movement in and out of incidents, communication with players, and decision making, amongst other basic refereeing techniques.

GT at 2014-12-26 17:51:15

Game over.

Comfortable win for Manchester.

Full Time

GT at 2014-12-26 17:50:06

The players look to have accepted this result now, and everyone – supporters included – are waiting for the whistle

GT at 2014-12-26 17:47:08

The 90 minutes are over…with 4 additional to go on

GT at 2014-12-26 17:45:57

Gouffran rightly cautioned for a late challenge

Yellow Card

GT at 2014-12-26 17:43:30

Lovely penalty…right in the top corner!

GT at 2014-12-26 17:43:07


Cisse converts the spot kick

GT at 2014-12-26 17:42:38

Penalty to Newcastle.

Definite foul.

Easy one to see and give right in front of the referee

GT at 2014-12-26 17:41:25

Jones takes up the same positioning at each and every corner kick.

With pushing and pulling such a hot topic at the moment, he would do well to keep the players on their toes by moving around. That way they don’t know where he may turn up, and are less likely to risk a foul in the area

GT at 2014-12-26 17:38:52

Perez off and Vuckic on for Newcastle

GT at 2014-12-26 17:38:18

Free kick to Newcastle and Jones thinks of using the vanishing spray.

But then changes his mind

GT at 2014-12-26 17:36:29

Another change for Manchester as Rafael takes over from Valencia with a little over 10 minutes to go

GT at 2014-12-26 17:31:41

Hussin gives another offside against Manchester’s Valencia.

Good positioning for the decision.

GT at 2014-12-26 17:29:56

Rooney fouls his opponent with a late challenge.

Free kick correctly awarded, but no follow-up from referee Jones.

Not even a word with the United man.

GT at 2014-12-26 17:27:34

But his referee namesake fails to award the caution as United’s defender gets away with pulling his opponent to the ground.

That was a promising attack Jones broke up, and he should have seen a yellow card for that offence

GT at 2014-12-26 17:26:23

That has to be a caution for Jones

GT at 2014-12-26 17:25:42

With a little over 20 minutes to go Jones looks more comfortable at last.

The problem is the game is over as a contest now, and when he was needed with the scores at 0-0 he was lacking.

GT at 2014-12-26 17:23:10

Yellow Card

van Persie makes a ‘forwards’ challenge and rightly sees yellow for it

GT at 2014-12-26 17:22:33

Ian Hussin makes his first open contribution to the game, with an offside against the Manchester forward line

GT at 2014-12-26 17:21:30

Another change for Manchester as the youngster James Wilson takes over from Falcao upfront

GT at 2014-12-26 17:20:06

Newcastle take off Dummett, who is replaced by Cabella. Also Cisse replaces Armstrong for the Magpies.

GT at 2014-12-26 17:19:12

But puts it over the bar

GT at 2014-12-26 17:18:56

Rooney goes for his hat-trick with the free kick effort

GT at 2014-12-26 17:18:22

Two-thirds of the game is gone, and Manchester make their first change with Fletcher coming on for Carrick

GT at 2014-12-26 17:18:02

Yellow Card

Taylor of Newcastle.

Good decision

GT at 2014-12-26 17:14:21

Good support from Jake Collin as he helped Jones reach the correct decision for a foul to Newcastle

GT at 2014-12-26 17:10:46

Game over.

This is the time for Jones to really shine now.

The game is over as a contest. All he needs to do is join in when needed, get both sets of players on his side and get the big decisions right.

GT at 2014-12-26 17:09:13


van Persie

GT at 2014-12-26 17:07:59

Shirt pull by the Newcastle man.

Good spot, Mike.

GT at 2014-12-26 17:06:31

Another free lick to Manchester.

Good call but no talk with the players followed…

GT at 2014-12-26 17:04:21

First free kick of the second half to Manchester.

Good spot, Mike.

GT at 2014-12-26 17:01:54

Newcastle take the kick-off as the second half gets underway

GT at 2014-12-26 16:55:47

Contrast Jones’ performance with that of the excellent Michael Oliver on the earlier game covered by YATR’s Mark Halsey on Refcam.

Oliver looked calm and in control at all times. Excellent performance with the players trusting him.

Jones lacks presence, strength and movement. He needs to ‘boss’ the game more, get closer to incidents and ‘work’ the players off-the-ball.

GT at 2014-12-26 16:51:35

To sum-up the first half…

On the playing ‘front’ Manchester are comfortable at 2-0.

On the refereeing ‘front’ Jones has had one big decision to make, and blew it. With the scores at 0-0 when he failed to award Newcastle a penalty, this could have been a very different game indeed.

Come on Mike. Much better foul recognition and bravery is a basic requirement at this level.

GT at 2014-12-26 16:47:30

Half Time


GT at 2014-12-26 16:47:17

That is exactly the sort of refereeing I was talking about…correct decision for the free kick, but if Jones had moved into the incident he wouldn’t have needed to over use the whistle and call players to him in a school master type of manner

GT at 2014-12-26 16:45:48

The 45 minutes are up, with 1 added minute to go

GT at 2014-12-26 16:43:34

These are the type of games when a referee really should be able to shine.

The home side is comfortably in the lead.

Both sides are trying to play open football.

All you need to do is get the big decisions right…

GT at 2014-12-26 16:39:37

It’s all Manchester now as they turn the screw looking for a third.

GT at 2014-12-26 16:37:05

Where was the Newcastle defence?!!?

GT at 2014-12-26 16:36:28


Rooney again

GT at 2014-12-26 16:32:49

Basic refereeing technique doesn’t seem to be in Jones’ locker.

He needs to blow the whistle and move in to the incident…not blow it and run away. By being there he will find his presence will diffuse the situation, rather than let it escalate.

At the moment, the players are running this one.

GT at 2014-12-26 16:30:38

Half an hour in and I would like to see Jones ‘working’ with the players more.

Particularly after playing an advantage, I see nothing of him talking with the players involved in the original offence

GT at 2014-12-26 16:25:12

To add insult to Newcastle’s injury over the missed penalty decision by Jones, they now find themselves a goal down to Manchester

GT at 2014-12-26 16:23:28



Rooney for Manchester

GT at 2014-12-26 16:23:00

Newcastle look lively going forward, as does the home side.

This could all come down to defensive….or refereeing….errors

GT at 2014-12-26 16:18:51

15 minutes had gone, and it gives me no pleasure at all to report on Jones’ first major error in this game.

It baffles me how this referee continues to get these big games.

GT at 2014-12-26 16:16:09

Anywhere else on the field of play, and I am sure Jones would have given a free kick.

Why is it different for referees in the penalty area?

A foul is a foul wherever it happens.

GT at 2014-12-26 16:14:40

Good advantage played by Jones which lead to a Newcastle break.

Unfortunately, he then undid his good work by failing to give an obvious trip in the Man Utd penalty area.

How were Newcastle not awarded a penalty kick is beyond me.

GT at 2014-12-26 16:12:08

Definite foul, well spotted by Jones, as Perez trips his opponent in an attempt to get in behind the defender

GT at 2014-12-26 16:10:41

More good work from Jake Collin, talking to Dummett before the throw-in is taken, making sure he doesn’t ‘steal’ any yards.

GT at 2014-12-26 16:08:56

Jones will be enjoying this one so far.

Both sides are playing football and causing him no problems

GT at 2014-12-26 16:04:19

Good call from Jake Collin.

Offside, well spotted.

Jake would expect to get that one right, but nonetheless he will enjoy it when he watches it back tonight.

GT at 2014-12-26 16:02:59

A steady opening for both sides and our referees, as the two Uniteds feel their way into the game

GT at 2014-12-26 16:00:15

Manchester United take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2014-12-26 15:54:55

It’s almost time for kick-off at Old Trafford on another exciting day of Premier League football.

GT at 2014-12-26 15:46:57

As for our refereeing team …

Mike Jones leads a team which has Jake Collin and Ian Hussin as his assistants, with Robert Madley making up the quartet.

Such a high profile appointment for this team may surprise a number of YATR followers.

Jones has, again, been no stranger to controversy this season and will be hoping for a much time than he ‘enjoyed’ at Wolves v Bournemouth earlier this month, which had quickly followed an incorrect accusation of cheating against Man City’s Sergio Aguero when Jones inexplicably cautioned the forward for diving despite the Argentine hitman having clearly been upended in the penalty area against Southampton.

Similar errors seem to have plagued Jones for a great deal of his career, and he really does need to step up to the plate if he hopes to drop the tag of being the League’s poorest and weakest referee.

Nonetheless, someone at the PGMOL sees something in Jones as he has survived on the Select Group list since 2008. In that time he has overseen 136 matches, issuing 434 cautions and 19 dismissals. He has never impressed the World Governing Body FIFA enough to make it on to their list of International Referees though.

Live televised games bring their own unique feel and pressures, and Jones will be looking to his assistants to help him through this one unscathed. His number one assistant, Jake Collin, has been criticised in the past particularly for some poor offside calls and he will need to be on his mettle today if he is to help out his team leader. Whilst the relatively inexperienced Ian Hussin will, hopefully, bring some renewed enthusiasm into the team.

I have to admit a feeling of some trepidation when I look at today’s refereeing line-up, but genuinely hope Jones and his men put in the performances of their lives today and come away with everyone talking only of the football, not their decisions.

I wish you and the lads the very best of luck for this one, Mike, and hope the ball runs very kindly for you indeed.

GT at 2014-12-26 15:45:09

Hi everyone and welcome to the second of today’s live Refcam commentaries on this Boxing Day.

This one is the Premier League fixture Manchester United v Newcastle United.

This is a huge game for both sides who are both chasing all three points in the hope of reaching those lucrative European competition places at the end of the season.

The Red Devils have been picking up wins despite some pretty average performances in recent weeks, but that run was halted last time out as they hung on for a draw with 10-man Aston Villa. Manager, Louis van Gaal will be keen to see his expensively-formed squad get back to winning ways against a Newcastle side who blow hot-and-cold.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew has been something of a pantomime villain with sections of The Toon faithful, going from villain to hero, and back to villain again. Pardew was an early season favourite for the sack until his side went on a mini-run of good results, only to see them slip to three losses in a week, ending with defeat last time out at home to their greatest rivals, Sunderland. That is four consecutive defeats against The Black Cats, and no number of other victories will erase that pain for the black and white faithful.

Despite Newcastle being angry and hurt by that reverse Manchester will still fancy all three points today. But, we all know the Christmas period throws up some very strange results, and this one could go either way.

Let us know who you think will win today and give us your views by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at