Manchester United v Spurs


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AH at 2016-12-11 17:21:24

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Thank you for tuning in this afternoon, thanks for tweeting, and we look forward to your company again soon here at ‘You Are The Ref’

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AH at 2016-12-11 17:20:29

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Thanks to @BadbryLee for his tweet “@youaretheref excellent performance by the officials today,hope that get the praise due ” – i agree Brian

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AH at 2016-12-11 17:18:46

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There can be no doubt that the game was brought to safe and successful conclusion by the match officials was no controversy to speak about, just what the referee and his team would have wished for at kick-off.

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AH at 2016-12-11 17:18:08

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Bobby Madley should be very pleased with his afternoon’s work – the key plus points being:


  • The referee showed a calm and collected approach throughout – he was not swayed at all by player or crowd.


  • His recognition of penal offences was of a very high standard throughout; I cannot recall one occurrence of an obviously incorrect call.


  • The key plus point was the referee’s decision making in deciding when and when not to caution. He could have easily gone ‘card happy’ in the first half, but he showed commendable restraint, which meant that the cards he showed in the second half had both value and purpose.

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AH at 2016-12-11 17:10:40

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The Home Team hold on to take all 3 points – match summary to follow shortly ……


AH at 2016-12-11 17:08:40

Fellani replaces Herrera for the final seconds ……


AH at 2016-12-11 17:06:16

More calm decision making as Sissoko concedes a goal-kick, no penal offence in the build up ….


AH at 2016-12-11 17:04:15

6 added minutes for the Home Team to hold on to their slender lead ….


AH at 2016-12-11 17:03:16

I have not had reason to comment on the refereeing positioning and fitness during the game, a sure sign that all is well in that department as he is well placed as Rashford and Walker clash close to the goal-line.


AH at 2016-12-11 16:59:33

Bobby Madley remains calm in the frantic final stages as both teams push for a goal …..


AH at 2016-12-11 16:55:06

Yellow CardDanny Rose is the next name in the book, yet again correct, yet again no objections from the cautioned player.


AH at 2016-12-11 16:51:40

Yellow CardYellow CardGood consistency from Bobby Madley to caution firstly Mkhitaryan and then Walker for cynical penal offences – neither player objected, a sure sign of correct calls by the referee on both occasions.


AH at 2016-12-11 16:48:41

15 minutes to go and I sense that there is still something in this game which will require the match official’s intervention, maybe a key penalty call or an offside decision to allow / disallow a goal – let’s see what unfolds.


AH at 2016-12-11 16:45:00

20 minutes to go as Martial is replaced by Rashford for the Home Team


at 2016-12-11 16:42:03

Thank you to Dan Leivers @danytactician for his comments re player reaction to match officials. @LukeWilliamson agrees with him, but what do you think? Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @youaretheref


at 2016-12-11 16:38:10

Yellow CardFrustration gets the better of Pogba, and his cynical challenge sees Bobby Madley, correctly, reaching for his card for the 3rd time.


at 2016-12-11 16:35:15

At the risk of repeating myself, Bobby Madley yet again well placed at Dembele offends


at 2016-12-11 16:32:17

Yellow CardWanyama leads with his arm in an aerial challenge with Phil Jones, leading to the second caution of the game, once again fully justified.


AH at 2016-12-11 16:29:33

#MUNTOT Respect between player and referee which is always good to see – Bobby Madley penalises Danny Rose for a handball offence, the player acknowledges this with a subtle ‘thumbs-up’.


AH at 2016-12-11 16:26:09

In refereeing terms, the second half so far following the pattern of the first half – several penal offences, but nothing warranting the issuing of any formal sanctions.


AH at 2016-12-11 16:21:20

Assistant Marc Perry showing good concentration levels at the start of the second half as Pogba strays offside.


AH at 2016-12-11 16:18:25

Here we go for the second half, which, at whatever level, is ALWAYS more of a test than the first half ….

AH at 2016-12-11 16:17:06

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Great article at our website, concerning red cards in cricket – worth a read with your half-time cuppa

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AH at 2016-12-11 16:14:19

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AH at 2016-12-11 16:08:32

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AH at 2016-12-11 16:06:19

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#MUNTOT Half time at Old Trafford, and an object lesson so far from Bobby Madley in judging when and when not to caution.  15 penal offences and just one yellow card so far, and the match is very much under his control – more of the same in the second half please !


AH at 2016-12-11 16:02:47

Pogba and Walker involved in nothing more than a tangle of legs – I agree with the match referee in that no offence had been committed – play on!


AH at 2016-12-11 15:57:54

5 minutes to half-time, 5 minutes for the officials to keep focused and to see the game safely through to the half-time interval


AH at 2016-12-11 15:54:51

More commendable man-management from Bobby Madley, but I am left wondering how much the Spaniard actually understood of the Yorkshireman’s accent !!!!


AH at 2016-12-11 15:49:52

Yellow CardValencia – reckless – no choice for Bobby Madley and totally justified, making his decision not to caution Ibrahimovic in the 25th minute much more meaningful as Valencia’s challenge was the worst challenge of the game so far, and this challenge presented the referee with an ideal opportunity to assert his authority, which he took. much to his credit.



AH at 2016-12-11 15:45:58

GOAL!Mkhitaryan breaks the offside trap and opens the scoring for the Home Team


AH at 2016-12-11 15:44:04

25 gone and the first test to Bobby Madley’s authority comes with his decision to not issue Ibrahimovic with a caution for his penal offence on Karl Walker. Time will tell is that is the correct call, my gut feeling says because of the current ‘temperature’ of the game, his gamble is a justified one, but it is a gamble nevertheless.


AH at 2016-12-11 15:38:24

Mkhitaryan, as well as being a useful score in Scrabble, has a belting left foot and he forces a corner kick for the Home Team


AH at 2016-12-11 15:36:07

The referee is once again well positioned as Vertonghen offends, no fear or favour being shown by the Yorkshire official as he retains firm control of the game.


AH at 2016-12-11 15:34:06

Good positioning once again from Bobby Madley as Kane wins the free-kick for the Away Team …..


AH at 2016-12-11 15:31:49

15 minutes gone already in this game of chess mascarading as a game of football – it’s all a bit cagey so far, not that that will worry the referee’s team one bit.


AH at 2016-12-11 15:26:33

Bobby Madley not fooled by Martial’s fall to the ground, no penal offence and a good solid decision by the referee.


AH at 2016-12-11 15:24:32

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AH at 2016-12-11 15:22:29

The game seems to have settled down quickly, focus on the players and not the match officials, which is great news for Bobby and his team.


AH at 2016-12-11 15:19:54

Early good man-management from Bobby Madley, one of his strength’s is his empathy with the players.


AH at 2016-12-11 15:14:20

Our thoughts here at You Are The Ref go out to the victims and their families of the overnight Turkish bomb blast at Besiktas’ home stadium. Having officiated in Istanbul, I have experienced the volatility of football in that part of the world, but there are times when incidents like this put football into perspective.


AH at 2016-12-11 15:11:08

It was interesting to note that Hull City’s Robert Snodgrass has apologised for the manner in which he won a penalty during his team’s fixture with Crystal Palace, much to the chagrin of the Eagles’ boss Alan Pardew.  Did the fact that referee Mike Jones has already cautioned Snodgrass play a part in the referee’s decision making, I think not, however it will be interesting to see how if the FA go for retrospective punishment in this case?


AH at 2016-12-11 15:09:50

Jason also makes reference to match referee Bobby Madley’s “top drawer” performance last weekend, so it will be interesting to see how the Yorkshire based official approaches the game this afternoon.  Not one to shirk his responsibilities in terms of issuing yellow cards, and we saw last weekend with Michael Oliver how a failure to issue a caution can backfire on the referee, so it remains important that Bobby achieves to balance between tolerance and issuing too many cards.


AH at 2016-12-11 15:08:23

Leicester City’s surprise win over Manchester City means that a win today would elevate Spurs in to a Champions League place, that would result would also see a 9-point gap develop between Manchester United and their local rivals, so it’s all to play for.


AH at 2016-12-11 15:06:51

Welcome to our coverage of Manchester United v Spurs from Old Trafford, correctly described by Jason Pettigrove on the ‘Runners and Riders’ section of our website at as ‘one of the classic Premier League fixtures’