Manchester United v Vfl Wolfsburg
Commentary By: Glenn Turner
FINAL SCORE: 2 - 1
GT at 2015-09-30 21:39:27
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GT at 2015-09-30 21:37:51
United take all three points to open their Champions League account in a very tight Group B.
As for our referees, Viktor Kassai and his team were faultless.
Absolutely outstanding, and just what this competition demands and deserves.
So why is it that European referees are so much better than our English officials, when we are supposed to have the best league in the world?
The answer, for me, is simple…
Having been a UEFA and FIFA official for many years I was never in doubt what was expected of me on international appointments, what the remit was for each and every game, yet remained secure in the knowledge that I would always be treated fairly and judged entirely upon merit by the UEFA and FIFA Referees’ Committees.
Sadly, I could not say that was the case under this current PGMOL management structure.
And referees are no different to anyone else…we thrive under fair and clear management.
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I hope you have enjoyed our commentary on tonight’s game and were equally impressed by the Hungarians’ performances.
GT at 2015-09-30 21:35:01
GT at 2015-09-30 21:34:43
United hang on with the game almost over
GT at 2015-09-30 21:32:32
Free kick to United in a very dangerous position
GT at 2015-09-30 21:31:35
That is the end of the regular 90 minutes.
3 added minutes to go…
GT at 2015-09-30 21:29:37
Excellent team work between assistant Toth and referee Kassai as a foul is seen and awarded to Wolfsburg
GT at 2015-09-30 21:27:50
We are inside the final five minutes of regular time
GT at 2015-09-30 21:27:23
Schneiderlin is a very lucky (and relieved) man as he gives away yet another foul but does not see a second yellow card
GT at 2015-09-30 21:26:22
The United fouls are racking up as they desperately try to hang on to this slender lead.
Our referee may well caution for persistent infringement some time soon.
GT at 2015-09-30 21:25:13
Schneiderlin would be well advised to calm down his behaviour.
He is already on a caution and should not be challenging another good free kick decision from Kassai
GT at 2015-09-30 21:23:24
…which results in a corner to the Germans
GT at 2015-09-30 21:23:02
Kassai again shows his class in foul recognition.
Free kick to Wolsburg in a dangerous position
GT at 2015-09-30 21:21:02
for Ashley Young for delaying the restart (wasting time) when he should have thrown the ball back into play.
Well done Viktor Kassai
GT at 2015-09-30 21:18:29
Jung comes on for Trasch in Wolfburg’s final change of the game
GT at 2015-09-30 21:17:47
15 minutes to go, and Kassai brings some breathing space to United as he awards a free kick to them
GT at 2015-09-30 21:15:52
Kassai is unimpressed by Wolsburg’s attempts to win a free kick.
More good refereeing… a strong but fair challenge
GT at 2015-09-30 21:13:53
United respond to the Wolsburg changes by bringing on the defensive Phil Jones for Schweinsteiger
GT at 2015-09-30 21:12:58
and Schurrle almost makes an instant impact, but sees his shot go just wide
GT at 2015-09-30 21:11:44
20 more minutes to enjoy this masterclass in refereeing
GT at 2015-09-30 21:11:11
Wolsburg make two changes and two strikers enter the game in Bendtner and Schurrle.
Dost and Arnold make way for them.
GT at 2015-09-30 21:09:07
Kassai continues to drift effortlessly around the field of play, allowing the players to take centre stage, only raising his own profile when absolutely necessary
GT at 2015-09-30 21:03:47
United make their second change as Memphis makes way for Pereira
GT at 2015-09-30 21:03:08
for Memphis as he catches his opponent in the face with his arm
GT at 2015-09-30 21:01:31
An hour has passed and I feel there is more to come from this game yet.
The referee has done so well that the teams are settled and playing open, attractive football, in a real end-to-end game.
GT at 2015-09-30 20:57:38
Kassai correctly awards a free kick on the half way line to Wolfsburg.
You cannot tackle with your foot so high in a UEFA competition.
GT at 2015-09-30 20:55:15
Oh my word…Juan Mata
How did you do that!!
The cheekiest of back heel flicks sets up Smalling who slides the ball home.
A goal deserving of this refereeing performance.
GT at 2015-09-30 20:54:06
GT at 2015-09-30 20:53:39
United appeal for another penalty for handball, but Kassai is unmoved this time
GT at 2015-09-30 20:51:46
Have five minutes of this half really already passed?
Kassai is making this look so easy that the time is flying by
GT at 2015-09-30 20:50:59
Gyorgy Ring carries on where he left off with ANOTHER top offside call.
GT at 2015-09-30 20:46:30
Ashley Young is on for Valencia as the second half is under way, and it’s Wolfsburg who get us going…
More of the same from all three teams out there please
GT at 2015-09-30 20:32:18
Half time is upon us, and this has been a really excellent and open game.
Wolfsburg piled the early pressure upon a United side who are pointless in Group B with a very early goal.
But then Kassai correctly awarded a penalty to United for hand ball. Big call….correct call.
The referees are having a fantastic evening.
Viktor Kassai and his colleagues have been absolutely faultless and have contributed to a great opening 45 minutes.
More of the same in the second half please.
GT at 2015-09-30 20:31:21
GT at 2015-09-30 20:31:09
Vencel Toth shows he is not to be outshone by his lining colleague, as he joins in with a good offside call too
GT at 2015-09-30 20:28:48
Gyorgy Ring, take a bow.
You are having a great night on the line.
Yet another tight but correct offside call.
GT at 2015-09-30 20:27:38
…and he is, for a late and poor challenge on Arnold
GT at 2015-09-30 20:26:49
Schweinsteiger must be cautioned for that…
GT at 2015-09-30 20:25:52
to Schneiderlin for a foul
GT at 2015-09-30 20:25:00
Gyorgy Ring makes another really close but correct call as Memphis strays marginally offside.
GT at 2015-09-30 20:23:45
What a game this is…
And our referees should take a great deal of credit for allowing it to be the open and entertaining encounter it is.
GT at 2015-09-30 20:20:50
and a caution to Caligiuri for the hand ball offence
GT at 2015-09-30 20:20:06
GT at 2015-09-30 20:19:26
PENALTY to United.
Absolutely correct decision again by KassaI.
Definitely hand ball
GT at 2015-09-30 20:15:51
More excellent lining as Gyorgy Ring correctly judges Memphis is not offside, but the United man cannot finish the header on goal
GT at 2015-09-30 20:12:43
Rooney misses a sitter of an chance as he blazes over the bar with an open goal in front of him!
GT at 2015-09-30 20:11:03
A quarter of the game has already passed and Viktor is still yet to put a foot wrong.
This performance should be bottled and replayed to every up-and-coming referee.
GT at 2015-09-30 20:08:51
This really is a dream performance by Viktor Kassai so far.
He is making this game look so easy, yet he is working incredibly hard to gain and retain the trust of all the layers.
GT at 2015-09-30 20:01:40
Memphis barges over his defensive marker, and Kassai correctly awards a free kick to Wolfsburg
GT at 2015-09-30 20:01:00
15 minutes in, and it’s a faultless performance so far from our Hungarian officials.
Really good game too which is being allowed to breathe by an excellent referee.
GT at 2015-09-30 19:56:40
Top quality lining from Vencel Toth, with an early and correct offside call against Wolsburg
GT at 2015-09-30 19:54:44
Watch this referee, and contrast it with some of the performances we have been witnessing in the English Premier League.
Kassai is floating around the field of play.
Never far from the action, talking players through challenges, encouraging them to play fairly.
No haphazard decision making.
Totally clam and in control.
GT at 2015-09-30 19:51:29
What a start for Wolfsburg.
They carve open the United defence and Caligiuri slots home.
GT at 2015-09-30 19:50:31
GT at 2015-09-30 19:48:55
Excellent opening by the highly experienced Hungarian, Viktor Kassai.
He has cruised through the opening few minutes,
Totally unflustered, yet always in control.
GT at 2015-09-30 19:46:09
Here we go…
United take the kick-off and get us underway
GT at 2015-09-30 19:35:44
It’s almost time for kick-off at Old Trafford…
GT at 2015-09-30 19:23:23
As for our referees today…
Highly respected Viktor Kassai takes control of this crucial fixture.
The Hungarian turned 40 years of age earlier this month and will be looking for a late birthday treat at Old Trafford by turning in another top-quality display.
As a FIFA referee since 2003 Viktor is no stranger to European fixtures, indeed he refereed the final of this competition in 2011.
Assisting Viktor tonight will be fellow countrymen György Ring and Vencel Tóth, with Tamás Bognar and Adam Farkas acting as the Additional Assistant Referees. Peter Berettyán makes up the Hungarian team in his role as Fourth Official.
UEFA sends a squad of officials to these games almost as large as the playing sides these days (!) and Viktor had some involvement in that decision as, in 2012, during his game England v Ukraine a missed goal led to discussions surrounding the effectiveness of additional officials and the use of goal-line technology.
Through my own experiences of Viktor I can assure YATR followers this man is a true professional and indeed a gentleman. His pre-match preparation will have been very thorough, and we can expect him to once again perform right at the top of his game.
Everyone at YATR wishes the refereeing team every success as we look forward to a great game…
GT at 2015-09-30 19:16:12
Hi everyone, and welcome to today’s live Refcam commentary.
And what a game we have for you…
This is the Champions League Group B clash between Manchester United and Vfl Wolsburg, being played at Old Trafford, Manchester.
It is exactly six years to the day since these two sides last met, when in 2009, goals from Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick saw United win 2-1.
And we should be in for a treat tonight with both clubs in great form.
United are unbeaten in their last six UEFA home fixtures, having won five and drawn one. Their home record against German clubs is also an impressive one, with only two defeats in fourteen fixtures.
As you would expect from two clubs with a wealth of European competition experience, there are lots of statistics around, but one which caught my eye was that surrounding United’s last home game against a German club. In the 2013/14 quarter final current Red Devils’ favourite Bastian Schweinsteiger struck for Bayern Munich in a 1-1 draw. Isn’t it strange how the hand of fate works as the midfielder is currently pulling the strings for his Manchester employees.
As for the visitors tonight, Wolsburg are coping very nicely indeed despite selling Kevin de Bruyne to United’s city rivals for a record fee of £54 million.
Indeed, history tells us they could be expected to score tonight at Old Trafford as they have always found the net when playing in England, although they have lost on all previous three occasions.
Having lost on Matchday 1 at PSV Eindhoven, United will be desperate to get their first points on the board tonight. Whilst Vfl Wolfsburg will be looking to take maximum points again, following their home win against PFC CSKA Moskva.
With so much world class talent on show tonight this is sure to be a fantastic game, so don’t move away from our Refcam coverage, and do let us know how you think this one will end and offer your comments on the refereeing by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at email@example.com