Manchester United v Swansea City


GT at 2017-04-30 13:59:03

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GT at 2017-04-30 13:58:29


In a fairly low-key, almost pedestrian game Neil Swarbrick really should have taken the opportunity to sail through this game today, totally unscathed.
Unfortunately his huge mistake for the penalty kick to United has cost Swansea two points and gifted one to the home side.

Not a great deal more can be said following a game which lacked quality and is likely only to be remembered for another mistake by a referee this season.

GT at 2017-04-30 13:56:16


That is the end of the action, in a game which never really sparked into life, and is likely to be remembered only for that poor penalty call.

Full Time

GT at 2017-04-30 13:53:46


Rashford left one in on Kingsley but neither referee Swarbrick nor assistant Wilkes saw anything

GT at 2017-04-30 13:51:57


Now it’s the United fans’turn to boo referee Swarbrick as he decides the challenge on Mkhitaryan is a fair one

GT at 2017-04-30 13:50:56


How did Llorente not score?!?

Incredible miss

GT at 2017-04-30 13:49:44

That is the end of the regular 90 minutes.

6 added to go on…

GT at 2017-04-30 13:48:53

.Free kick to United and a caution to Fernandez for a strong challenge.

Correct decision, Swarbs.

Yellow Card

GT at 2017-04-30 13:45:16

Just five minutes to go…

GT at 2017-04-30 13:44:36


United are having to attack now, which will leave them open at the back.

Will there be a winner in this game?

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80 minutes

GT at 2017-04-30 13:40:18

Captain Rooney, who committed the foul for that free kick, is taken off.

Mkhitaryan replaces him.

Game on now…

79 minutes

GT at 2017-04-30 13:38:57


GOAL! what a free kick by Sigurdsson.

De Gea was rooted to the spot as that flew past him.

GT at 2017-04-30 13:36:28


15 minutes to go, and this has not been the most enthralling of games.

It is a real pity it may well have been decided by a refereeing error.

GT at 2017-04-30 13:34:36


If Olsson does make it back, then the Man of the Match Award may well go to the Swansea physio!

GT at 2017-04-30 13:32:25

And now Olsson is down injured!

Swansea don’t have any more substitutes to use

GT at 2017-04-30 13:30:55


Indeed he does…replaced by Olsson

GT at 2017-04-30 13:29:51


Substitute Montero has only been on the field of play for 4 minutes but looks like he will have to leave with a hamstring pull

GT at 2017-04-30 13:27:32


Tom Carroll commits a foul challenge and Swarbs correctly awards the free lick to United

GT at 2017-04-30 13:25:55


Offside against Jordan Ayew.

Good call by Gary Beswick whio may have been complicit in the award of the penalty to United.

65 minutes

GT at 2017-04-30 13:24:07


Another Swansea change of personnel.

Britton is replaced by Montero

61 minutes

GT at 2017-04-30 13:20:46

Bailly hurt himself earlier when making a challenge.

That is another United defender leaving the action injured.

Darmian replaces the United man.

Meanwhile, Ki Sun-Yeung is replaced by Leroy Fer for Swansea.

GT at 2017-04-30 13:18:26

Advantage played by Neil but I’m not sure why!

I hope he isn’t trying too hard to impress now, and making up incidents which may show him in a better light.

GT at 2017-04-30 13:15:20


If I have a general criticism of Neil it his his lack of dynamic sprinting and lack of willingness to get into the penalty areas.

Maybe if he had followed the ball into the Swansea penalty area he wouldn’t have been fooled for the penalty kick.

GT at 2017-04-30 13:12:51


Swarbs doesn’t look too ‘bothered’ by his error for the penalty kick.

He is refereeing just as he always does.

Credit to him at least for showing the mental strength to get on with it.

GT at 2017-04-30 13:07:55

Will United park the bus or go for another goal?

Can Swansea get back into this one?

How is the referee, Neil Swarbrick, doing?

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GT at 2017-04-30 13:06:04

Foul to United for a small pull on Martial.

Correct decision.

GT at 2017-04-30 13:04:51

Here we go…the second half gets going

GT at 2017-04-30 13:02:19

There’s no fooling YATR followers though…just a selection of the messages coming in so far…

@youaretheref If you don’t know, don’t call it

@youaretheref Awful decision from the ref you wld think there was a vendetta to send a welsh club down
@youaretheref He thought about it, so wasn’t sure and then got it wrong.. Refs get too many big decisions wrong that decide games.


@youaretheref Terrible decision. Clear guesswork.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:59:43

Neil has to try and forget about that huge mistake now and get through the rest of this game without any more key match errors.

His only saving grace could be that he favoured the home side with that mistake so at least the crowd will not be on his case!

GT at 2017-04-30 12:53:03

Oh what a shame.

Neil Swarbrick had this game completely under his control.

His decision making up to the penalty kick award had been excellent, but he has dropped a clanger with that one.

Fabianski did everything he possibly could to avoid contact with Rashford, but the United forward made sure there wa contact made.

Unfortunately Neil fell for that deception and wrongly awarded the penalty kick to the home side.

Swarbs will be really disappointed when he sees that one back.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:50:13

Half Time

47 minutes

GT at 2017-04-30 12:49:38

Rooney slots away the penalty kick but Swansea will be livid about that call.

Neil took an age to reach his decision, and looked like he was guessing in the end.

That is a game-changing, really bad decision.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:48:07


Sorry Neil but that is a wrong one.

Rashford initiated the contact by the Swansea keeper.

Poor, poor decision

GT at 2017-04-30 12:46:38

Good call by Swarbs again as Llorente appeals for a foul for the Swansea man ran into Bailly.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:45:50

That is the end of the regular 45 minutes.

Two added minutes to go on…

44 minutes

GT at 2017-04-30 12:44:43

Lingard sees yellow following a naughty challenge.

That one bordered on red, but Swarbs gives his studs-up effort the benefit of the doubt.

Yellow Card

GT at 2017-04-30 12:42:16


Just five minutes to go to half time and it’s been a very good opening period from the officials.

Swarbs has been his usual low-key self, and his assistants have helped him when required.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:41:04


Tom Carroll fluffs his lines when he really should have scored for Swansea.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:39:01


Good teamwork as Matthew Wilkes leads Neil into a free kick following a foul by Ki Sun-Yeung on Ashley Young.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:37:52


Foul by Rashford on Fernandez.

The United youngster is very high in that challenge, but Swarbs is happy not to caution.

That may be the young lad’s last chance though.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:35:39

Rooney robs Ki Sun-Yeung and Swarbs again judges the challenge well.

No foul…nice one, referee.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:32:44

Fernandez makes a superb challenge on Rooney, and Swarbs is fully switched on to see that was a fair contest.

Good refereeing.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:30:32

The game is warming up at last.

Neil continues in his calm manner, only getting involved when absolutely necessary.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:27:45


With six attempts at goal already and the bulk of possession the stats prove that Swansea are the better side so far in this one.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:26:08

Free kick to Swansea in a dangerous area as Young fouls Ki Sun-Yeung

GT at 2017-04-30 12:24:40

Apologies for the short break – gremlins in the system.

In the meantime, Lingard has been cautioned…deservedly so following a foul.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:23:20

Excellent non-offside call on Lingard from Gary Beswick.

Those are the really difficult ones, where the defence is rushing out and the attacker running in.

The United man was level when the pass was made.

15 minutes

GT at 2017-04-30 12:15:57

Yellow Cardfor Britton (Swansea) for a pull back on Rashford.

Good call, Swarbs.


GT at 2017-04-30 12:14:46

….but Swansea almost open the scoring.

De Gea saves them again with a one-handed stop.

Although it has to be said that Llorente was offside when he first received the ball

GT at 2017-04-30 12:12:05

The game is struggling to get going really.

Swarbs is doing his best to keep it flowing, but neither side is taking the initiative.

8 minutes

GT at 2017-04-30 12:09:53


But those 8 minutes are, indeed, Luke Shaw’s only contribution as he is replaced by Antonio Valencia

GT at 2017-04-30 12:08:55


Worrying times for United as Luke Shaw goes down injured again.

They cannot afford for yet another defender to be injured.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:07:51


Ayew’s second foul already on Bailly.

He doesn’t want to start stacking them up already.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:06:19

Good awareness from the assistant referee as the ball broke loose to Llorente who was in an offside position, but the Swansea man walked away from it making no attempt to play the ball, so Matthew Wilkes kept his flag down.

Good lining.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:03:49

First free kick of the game as Bailly is pushed over by Ayew.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:01:58

Steady opening to the game, Swarbs will be pleased with that.

No team has yet settled.

GT at 2017-04-30 12:00:22


United take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2017-04-30 11:54:13


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

GT at 2017-04-30 11:48:01


As for our officials…

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

Swarbs is one of the nicest people in football and a good referee with it.

The 51 year old, Preston-based official was fairly late into refereeing not taking up the whistle until he was 29, but he soon progressed through the ranks before reaching the top flight for his first game in December 2010 (Fulham v Sunderland).

This season has been one of Swarbs’ most productive with 20 games in the middle, a further 20 as fourth official and another four in the Football League.

Running the lines today for Neil are the equally likeable Gary Beswick and the relatively unknown Matthew Wilkes.

Both assistants will need to be on their mettle today as we have seen recently how the pressure is getting to a number of players, leading them into stupid acts of aggression and violent conduct.

Talking of pressure…Mike Jones could have his hands full today too as fourth official.

United’s Mourinho is once again attempting to create a siege-mentality amongst his squad whilst Swansea supremo Paul Clement simply has to take something from today’s game if his team is to survive the drop.

This has all the ingredients to create a spark which ignites a flashpoint so don’t go anywhere, stick with us here on Refcam where you will get full, live coverage.

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

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

GT at 2017-04-30 11:45:37


Hi everyone, and welcome to the first of THREE live Refcam commentary games today.

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

After another snore-draw on Thursday at neighbours City, United must step up and attack at home today against a team they are expected to beat convincingly.

However they are not without their problems, primarily in midfield where injuries and the suspension of Fellaini, following his ridiculous head butt on Sergio Aguero, means the red devils are short on first team options in key areas.

There can be no more excuses for yet another draw though if they are to attempt to break into those all-important top four places in the Premier League.

Standing in their way is a Swansea side scrapping for their Premier League lives.

Once regarded as the text book example of how to run a club, The Swans are now in serious danger of falling out of the top flight.

Nonetheless they boast a good record against United, beating them at least once in each of the past three seasons, but most pundits would go for a rudimentary two or three goals win for the home side today.

But as YATR followers know, football does not always go according to plan…let us know who you believe will be triumphant and what you think of the officials by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref