Manchester United v Swansea City


GT at 2014-08-16 14:44:26

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GT at 2014-08-16 14:39:48

To sum up the afternoon’s work from our referees…

An excellent 84 minutes but the key issue is a yellow card for Ki when Fellaini should have seen red. Shelvey also fortunate not to go for 2 yellow cards.

It shows that you can be having the greatest game ever as a referee but if you miss one major incident, that is the one you will be remembered for

GT at 2014-08-16 14:39:33

Final result is a 1-2 away win for Swansea.

Unfortunately for United that is no longer a surprise result as their season picks up where the last one ended

GT at 2014-08-16 14:34:26

4 added minutes to be played as Swansea go in search of 3 points at Old Trafford

GT at 2014-08-16 14:32:40

Excellent wait and see offside call from Darren England as Fellaini is caught needlessly off

GT at 2014-08-16 14:30:57

Good offside spot by Bennett as he keeps his cool in an increasingly heated atmosphere

GT at 2014-08-16 14:29:15

Another yellow for United as Ashley Young’s frustration comes through Yellow Card

GT at 2014-08-16 14:28:27

Shelvey also fortunate still to still be on the field as one incident throws-up two possible red cards.

GT at 2014-08-16 14:27:03

Yellow Card for United new boy Blackett for a heavy challenge

GT at 2014-08-16 14:25:59

‘Afters’ from Fellaini goes unpunished by Mike Dean. Very, very lucky not to see red for striking his opponent in the face

GT at 2014-08-16 14:23:10

Rooney draws a foul correctly awarded by Mike

GT at 2014-08-16 14:21:23

Gary Monk fancies another goal as he urges his team on to score again rather than sit back and protect 1-2

GT at 2014-08-16 14:20:35

Swansea new signing Gomis makes his debut as he replaces Bony

GT at 2014-08-16 14:18:58

Dean gets away with missing a foul by Rooney as Swansea go in search of a third goal

GT at 2014-08-16 14:16:17

Deano gave Swansea and the game every chance to progress on the halfway line but no advantage came…

He allowed a quick free kick and Swansea score…..GOAL!!!

GT at 2014-08-16 14:14:58

quickly followed by another free kick to United following a foul

GT at 2014-08-16 14:14:37

Very good spot for a handball by Simon Bennett on this nearside touchline

GT at 2014-08-16 14:13:01

Excellent advantage played by Dean for United, quickly followed by a free kick to them…

GT at 2014-08-16 14:12:15

So far so good by our referees today, with the small exception of encroachment at the last free kick. Swansea players were creeping forward out of the wall….come on Deano, keep up your high standards

GT at 2014-08-16 14:10:23

Swansea make a change as Dyer goes off to be replaced by Montero

GT at 2014-08-16 14:08:47

Correct free kick to United in a very dangerous place….and here is that spray again

GT at 2014-08-16 14:04:33

Foul throw correctly awarded by Dean.

The ball has to do more than just start from behind the head….it was dropped not thrown into play

GT at 2014-08-16 14:02:44

Could have been another caution for Swansea, but Dean chooses to award only a free kick following an obvious pull-back by the Swansea defender

GT at 2014-08-16 14:01:40

Dean correctly awards a throw-in to United

GT at 2014-08-16 13:59:13

The game has increased in temperature now as United’s new formation for this second half sense they may just steal this back

GT at 2014-08-16 13:58:17

…and there is the yellow card.

Fully expected as that was his third poor challenge Yellow Card

GT at 2014-08-16 13:57:35

Shelvey again

GT at 2014-08-16 13:56:23

Goal for United as Rooney equalises

GT at 2014-08-16 13:56:04

Did you notice Darren England talking the players through that attack? Great lining

GT at 2014-08-16 13:52:23

Another excellent spot by Dean on the edge of the Swansea penalty area as United needlessly give a way a free kick

GT at 2014-08-16 13:51:32

….and it is as Taylor follows his team mate into the book Yellow Card

GT at 2014-08-16 13:51:05

Has to be a yellow

GT at 2014-08-16 13:50:43

Good spot by Dean for a late foul committed by Swansea

GT at 2014-08-16 13:49:17

Another substitution for United as Nani replaces Hernandez.

Second half is away…

GT at 2014-08-16 13:48:15

Mike and his team just need to carry on as they are going, but be aware of the increasing frustration United and their supporters will feel the longer the game stays in Swansea’s favour.

GT at 2014-08-16 13:38:54

Having seen its trial at the World Cup, we’ve witnessed two uses of the magic spray today at free kicks.

What do you think of it? Is it a good thing and adds to the game?

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GT at 2014-08-16 13:37:20

With the safe appointment of Dean as today’s referee goes the equally intelligent appointment of the excellent Michael Oliver as 4th Official.

The appointment could have gone to any one of the older Football League referees as a ‘thank you’ to them. But, instead, the appointment was done correctly and a very good Select Group referee has it.

Read more on ‘Hackett’s Blog’ at

GT at 2014-08-16 13:33:54

End of the first half, and United go in 0-1 down at home to Swansea

GT at 2014-08-16 13:33:08

Dean sensibly gives a free kick to Swansea instead of looking for any advantage. They will want that as it allows them to run down the clock

GT at 2014-08-16 13:31:03

Excellent tackle.

Excellent decision by Dean. No foul by Swansea as they track back

GT at 2014-08-16 13:29:14

Excellent handball spot by Mike and Darren. Free kick to Swansea

GT at 2014-08-16 13:27:09

Look at how the far side assistant – Darren England – is keeping his concentration. Despite the only goal of the game being at his end, he has had little else to do but is keeping busy by bouncing on his toes and talking to his colleagues. Good lining, Darren.

GT at 2014-08-16 13:24:50

Another free kick correctly given by our assistant as Dean is unsighted for a free kick to United

GT at 2014-08-16 13:23:12

Notice how little running and sprinting Dean does in a game?

That’s experience coming through in buckets-full as his reading of the game allows him to drift into good positions

GT at 2014-08-16 13:21:41

Easy free kick to give as Hernandez pushes over a Swansea defender

GT at 2014-08-16 13:21:03

Shelvey involved again as he brings down Januzai.

He’ll be fortunate to get away with another without Dean at least speaking to him

GT at 2014-08-16 13:18:19

Very good spot by our assistant as he sees a discreet shirt pull by United

GT at 2014-08-16 13:17:05

Good spot for handball. Free kick to Swansea

GT at 2014-08-16 13:15:45

Deano’s positioning is good again as he correctly calls a throw-in to United

GT at 2014-08-16 13:14:13


Swansea take 1-0 lead as the United central defenders and midfielders fail to pick up Ki who scores from the edge of the box

GT at 2014-08-16 13:12:42

The game increases its tempo, as is often the case after disciplinary action.

Come on the referees….move with it

GT at 2014-08-16 13:11:56

Yellow Card for Nathan Dyer. Dean appeared to like the challenge, but his assistant has lead him into the caution.

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GT at 2014-08-16 13:10:37

First use of the magic spray, as Dean gives United a free kick

GT at 2014-08-16 13:10:00

First substitution of the game as Lingard leaves the field following that earlier block tackle. Januzai takes his place wearing the number 11 shirt formerly occupied by Ryan Giggs

GT at 2014-08-16 13:07:53

Swansea players accept his decision and trot back to defend their misdemeanour

GT at 2014-08-16 13:07:19

Could have been a caution in a different tempo game, but Dean chooses to give a free kick only

GT at 2014-08-16 13:05:39

Dean deals with comments from the bench in an excellent manner…totally unflustered, he calms the situation with a well chosen quiet word following a block-tackle challenge

GT at 2014-08-16 13:04:20

Very good lead by the assistant as a throw-in to Swansea is correctly given

GT at 2014-08-16 13:01:10

Deano is displaying all of his years of experience.

Calm, cool under pressure…his demeanour gives off an air of confidence which the players will ‘tune into’….it all helps with his match control

GT at 2014-08-16 12:59:45

Very good call by Dean.

No advantage to be had….free kick to Swansea

GT at 2014-08-16 12:57:28

First real effort on goal as De Gea saves a dipping shot

GT at 2014-08-16 12:55:57

More good foul recognition as the Swansea forward bowls over a United defender

GT at 2014-08-16 12:55:13

Advantage played by Dean on the edge of the Swansea penalty area. Good decision

GT at 2014-08-16 12:52:52

A good, open start to the game, and our referee is letting the players get on with it.

GT at 2014-08-16 12:51:39

Chance goes begging for Swansea as their central defenders open up

GT at 2014-08-16 12:49:16

Good free kick spot by Dean….United will like the free kick there rather than an advantage

GT at 2014-08-16 12:47:12

No love lost between Herrera and Shelvey…one for Mike Dean to watch

GT at 2014-08-16 12:46:30

Good spot and excellent support from our Assitant to lead Mike into a correct goal kick decision

GT at 2014-08-16 12:44:15

Here we go, it’s almost kick-off time, so buckle down and enjoy the season’s opener…

GT at 2014-08-16 12:32:46

As for our other teams today…
The David Moyes experiment was a dismal failure so Manchester United have gone for the experienced Louis van Gaal who is fresh from taking the Netherlands to the 2014 World Cup semi-final. Few would expect United to be on the outside looking in at the top-four fight again this season – but it will still be intriguing to see what Van Gaal can get out of a squad that looked in serious need of renewal last season. Changes were inevitable and Ander Herrera will provide class in midfield and Luke Shaw quality at left-back, but United need to add authority in central defence (afterall, would you trust Chris Smalling and Phil Jones against quality opposition?) and in central midfield where Fellani has struggled since his big-money move from Everton. Van Gaal must also get the attacking partnership of captain Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie moving smoothly.
I’m unconvinced that United are serious title contenders just yet, but don’t expect any repeat of the misery Old Trafford suffered under Moyes.

Swansea supremo Garry Monk has his feet under the table now after succeeding Michael Laudrup, and the return of forward Gylfi Sigurdsson from Spurs will provide an attacking boost.
There have been some key departures with striker Michu leaving on loan to Napoli, and Ben Davies and goalkeeper Michel Vorm departing fror Spurs.
Monk will be desperate to see striker Bafetimbi Gomis succeed yet starts him as a substitute today, after he finally arrived on a free from Lyon. I’m not expecting great things from Swansea but not expecting relegation either.

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GT at 2014-08-16 12:24:05

Good afternoon everyone, and thanks for following us for the first game of the new Premier League season: Manchester United v Swansea City.

Experience is the key for our referee to day as we see 46 year-old Mike Dean take charge of the Premier League season-opener between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford.

Dean, who has been a Select Group referee since 2000, has now lost his FIFA Referee badge due to age. His appointment is no surprise as he is seen as a safe pair of hands by the PGMOL, and his boss Riley will be hoping for a controversy-free afternoon from his seasoned campaigner, and certainly a better performance than his trip to Old Trafford in 2010. In that game between Manchester United and Chelsea Dean, along with his assistants Simon Beck and Stephen Child, were heavily criticised for turning down four penalty appeals, three for Manchester United and one for Chelsea. Didier Drogba scored Chelsea’s second goal to give them a 2-0 lead, despite video replays showing he was offside. Towards the end of the game, Dean allowed a Manchester United goal to stand when Federico Macheda bundled the ball over the goal-line with his hands. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was among those who criticised Dean’s performance saying he was “worried” when Dean was appointed to the game.

In his 336 matches since joining the Elite List at the turn of the millennium he has issued a total of 1215 yellows and 64 red. Last season Dean showed 101 yellow and 5 red cards in 27 games.

A good talker and a strong team leader is how I always found Mike to be whenever I ran the line for him. He’s always supportive and isn’t afraid to let his assistants take the lead on decisions when they are better placed to see. Without the previously mentioned Beck and Child, Mike will be looking to his two colleagues to do just that today. The first, Darren England, is seen as a future prospect for English lining. Quick over the ground and very enthusiastic are qualities which will help Darren achieve his goals. He has Simon Bennett on the opposite side of the field.