Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion


AM at 2015-05-02 20:13:55

I hope you can stay with us over this Bank Holiday weekend for more Premier League action as well another dip into the life of the referees who conduct the MLS across the pond. The following games are coming up:

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Andy Martin

at 2015-05-02 20:12:19

My overall summary would be as follows:

After a quiet first half AT has then had to judge a number of KMI`s in the 2nd half the difference in his judgement for handball against Lescott not to award was correct and to then award against Berahino was correct. If you look at the 2 decisions and the position of the arms in both these situations then these were both absolutely correct decisions. Peter Kirkup on the touchline was seen awarding a ck to MU after the Berahino handball but AT made a big, strong and brave call to award a penalty kick to MU. He would have said to PK I am awarding a penalty kick did the offence occur inside the WBA defending penalty area? and don’t forget that the line of the penalty is included within the penalty area. In terms of positional play then AT tended to get caught in midfield and was in the main due to him not adopting a wider viewing angle when MU were spraying the ball across in midfield. Good player judgement / management with good empathy seen.

PK – main judgement on the penalty kick would have been to view the position of the player who handled rather a rushed ck flag. Offside`s were as mentioned in my BLOG and I felt that one was missed near the end of the game.

There would be a training issue here for him and other AR`s on their judgement of handball offences and to view upper body offences rather than looking down at their feet.

GB – Offside`s were judged correctly and good support for a free kick 2nd half

There will I am sure be further footage of the missed Fellaini elbow in the 1st half which was missed by all match officials and this will be for the FA to view.

We also discussed the penalty kick not awarded against Fellaini (2nd half) and this I felt was down to AT`s position directly behind play.

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at 2015-05-02 19:52:54

AM at 2015-05-02 19:22:25

Full Time0-1

Full time summary to follow…


AM at 2015-05-02 19:21:49

Key clearance by WBA as MU attack again

AM at 2015-05-02 19:20:39

1 minute to go concentration key

AM at 2015-05-02 19:20:05

CK to MU Save by MYHILL as WBA hold on and defend in numbers

AM at 2015-05-02 19:19:25

Van Persie shot on goal brilliant save by Myhill and from the save there is no flag for offside by PK against a MU player who looked to be well off side when the initial shot was made?

4 mins added time

AM at 2015-05-02 19:17:03

WBA sub 8 off 2 on and WBA look to soak up every second..

AM at 2015-05-02 19:16:17

The Referee and his colleagues will now need to be vigilant with any WBA time delaying tactics – proactive is key management

AM at 2015-05-02 19:15:04

3 minutes and added time to go, can MU get back in the game?

AM at 2015-05-02 19:14:22

Herrera is late on a WBA player and shows open dissent with his arm at the decision and he should have received a yellow card for this open outburst – I just wonder why referees allow this open dissent to go unheeded particularly just after the poor challenge on the WBA player

AM at 2015-05-02 19:11:59

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AM at 2015-05-02 19:11:19

MU sub 33 off 9 on as they take off a defender for an attacker

AM at 2015-05-02 19:09:31

A further MU sub coming up as they look to pile on the pressure with 8 minutes and added time to go…

AM at 2015-05-02 19:07:28

Fellaini offside – CORRECT BY PK


AM at 2015-05-02 19:06:23

Free kick to WBA following a foul by Young, followed by a foul by Yacob

AM at 2015-05-02 19:05:22

Penalty kick is saved by Myhill and a free kick to MU goes out for a ck.


21 off 4 on

AM at 2015-05-02 19:03:17

Rooney foul goes undetected and from the resultant ck the referee AT awards a penalty kick to MU following a handball from Berahino and despite lengthy protests from WBA THE DECISION IS CORRECT look at the difference in the arm than that to the one just earlier not given agianst Lescott. Good decision also as the handball does occur just inside the WBA penalty area.

AM at 2015-05-02 18:58:12

Free kick to MU correct good support from GB

AM at 2015-05-02 18:57:38

No handball against Lescott with PK having a clear and unobstructed view and from a close proximity no penalty to MU and replays show that this is a correct decision as the ball strikes Lescott`s arm which is fairly close by his side

AM at 2015-05-02 18:54:05

I am sure that we will see an increase in the tempo now as MU search an equaliser

AM at 2015-05-02 18:52:36

MU sub

Blind off Di Maria on

AM at 2015-05-02 18:51:53

Yellow CardMcNair receives a yellow card and a free kick to WBA is the outcome. Spray is out as the referee prepares the free kick. Brunt strikes the ball which takes a deflection off Olsson for a GOAL!


AM at 2015-05-02 18:48:09

No MU penalty as Fellaini goes down in a challenge with a WBA player and there is contact on Fellaini and for me this should have been a penalty kick to MU 

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AM at 2015-05-02 18:45:27

again AT gets very close to play when MU are attacking and the ball is being played across field, this could be due to increase number of players in the MU midfield and AT needs to adjust his position

AM at 2015-05-02 18:42:32

Sky have highlighted an elbow by Fellaini on a WBA player during the first half (at half time) during a ck if viewed by the referee then this would have certainly resulted in a red card for Fellaini. There maybe more to follow from this missed incident…….WATCH THIS SPACE…..

AM at 2015-05-02 18:39:53

Advantage to MU when a free kick to MU would have been the better option. Jacob moaning that he should have had a free kick, with no free kick awarded

AM at 2015-05-02 18:38:21

Good spot by AT foul by young correct as Myhill then delays the kick, AT is very proactive with his whistle to keep the WBA gk moving

AM at 2015-05-02 18:36:23

On the earlier missed free kick this could be down to the referees position which is behind play and some way from the incident

AM at 2015-05-02 18:35:24

No free kick awarded to WBA when Yacob is fouled by Young

AM at 2015-05-02 18:34:31

Sky have just highlighted some frustration from Fellaini (which AT has dealt with) in the first half and he has to be very careful in this half as he talks with the referee AT prior to the start of the 2nd half. The 2nd half is underway.

AM at 2015-05-02 18:31:33

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AM at 2015-05-02 18:31:05

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AM at 2015-05-02 18:24:54

Half time summary –

The Referee Anthony Taylor has kept right up with play and is in full control of this game, good empathy seen with all players and they in turn have shown a good respect for him. He dealt with Fellaini well and Fellaini will now need to be very careful for the remainder of this game.

Both ARs have judged offside as we have seen with no offside indications as yet. Both could and should of assisted the referee with a flag each (PK) for handball by Brunt fk to MU and (GB) flag for a fk WBA following a shirt pull by Fellaini on Olsson in both situations these are for the AR to assist and help the referee. What are your thoughts so far…

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AM at 2015-05-02 18:17:39

Half Time0-0

Half time summary to follow…

AM at 2015-05-02 18:17:06

WBA have all their players as they defend stoutly, ck to MU

AM at 2015-05-02 18:16:16

As we close this half the referee has KEPT right on top of play, sometimes too close but you cannot argue his judgements at all. 2 minutes of added time are shown by Michael Oliver (MO)

AM at 2015-05-02 18:14:19


AM at 2015-05-02 18:13:14

Good advantage from AT with Young keeping his feet in a challenge with a WBA player and the ball goes wide with WBA players again appealing for offside

AM at 2015-05-02 18:10:27

31  Fellaini has pushed Jacob as he goes down in the challenge more a push than an elbow and AT has dealt with this swiftly and correctly with some words of advice for Fellaini

AM at 2015-05-02 18:08:15

AT is so far viewing challenges well he could and should have received a supporting flag I a piece from his ARs as I have mentioned earlier in the game

AM at 2015-05-02 18:06:43

That looked a clear shirt pull on Olsson by Fellaini – 1st – no flag from AR – GB again is his vision looking at the feet and missing the higher challenges. One to keep an eye on

AM at 2015-05-02 18:05:09

No free kick against Rooney, no complaints from him. Ball just out of play for a throw in to MU

AM at 2015-05-02 18:03:46

Good man management seen from AT with some empathy for Jacob just checking that he is ok.. Good empathy for the game and why not

AM at 2015-05-02 18:02:13

Good early prevention seen from AT at throw in situations. He is helping the players achieve the correct position for the restart of play

AM at 2015-05-02 18:00:50

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AM at 2015-05-02 17:59:22

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AM at 2015-05-02 17:58:26


AM at 2015-05-02 17:56:47

AT again is very close to play he just needs to move that bit wider to stay out of the way of players and the ball

AM at 2015-05-02 17:55:23

No offside against Young despite appeals from WBA defenders. Unable to re -view due to no replay of the incident, but as I have mentioned he has to be in line with the 2nd rearmost WBA defender

AM at 2015-05-02 17:53:08

Good hand / arm signals seen from AT this always adds polish to your communication skills and is viewed by players and fans alike

AM at 2015-05-02 17:51:55

GB held his flag for too long on a MU throw in he needs to give and get back quicker in line with the 2nd rearmost defender / position. This is in case of a quick restart as an AR you must be in line with the 2nd rearmost defender

AM at 2015-05-02 17:49:17

Van Persie just wide from a quick MU breakaway – AT showing good acceleration to keep in touch with play

AM at 2015-05-02 17:48:18


AM at 2015-05-02 17:46:14

AT is showing good early pace and fitness with good viewing positions taken up and have a look at his ck position.

AM at 2015-05-02 17:43:32

It is important for the Assistant to retain a positive body language and this is area that I would like you to observe particularly from PK as he is camera view and let us know your thoughts as the game progresses

AM at 2015-05-02 17:40:47

Another good advantage to Man Utd with a clear and positive advantage signal seen by AT. AT has also had a quiet word with offender and offended.

AM at 2015-05-02 17:39:02

Good advantage by AT who is then caught by the ball, he just needs to move wider of play as he is getting caught fairly central

AM at 2015-05-02 17:37:47

Clear handball by Brunt in front of Peter Kirkup missed by PK WAS HE LOOKING DOWN AT FEET RATHER THE HIGHER BODY?

AM at 2015-05-02 17:36:42

Lovely mark of respect by the fans for Rio Ferdinand following the tragic loss of his wife

AM at 2015-05-02 17:35:16

Fellaini careless and rightly penalised, has he started in a similar fashion as to the way he started at Everton last Sunday when he received an early yellow card?

AM at 2015-05-02 17:33:12

Early free kick to WBA correct as replays show foul by Young

AM at 2015-05-02 17:32:15

Peter Kirkup (PK) is on the far touchline and Gary Beswick (GB) is on the Technical Area touchline – nearside

AM at 2015-05-02 17:30:38

Anthony Taylor (AT) Referee blows his whistle to signal the kick off

AM at 2015-05-02 17:28:27

As final preparations take place we are all ready for the kick off

AM at 2015-05-02 17:26:44

As the match officials lead out the teams some information about the 3rd team.

Anthony has shown some real signs of maturing as the season has unfolded which has helped him to establish himself as a worthy member of those referees from England entitled to wear a FIFA badge. He clearly has some way to go yet to break into the top tier of elite referees, but his fitness and overall positioning and movement has helped him enormously stand out from the “also rans” most weeks and he is generally considered to be amongst the best of our up-and-coming referees on the professional list. The type of improvements he has demonstrated fully warranted his selection for this season’s Capital One cup final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur which was the ideal event to showcase what he is capable of.

So far this season Anthony has refereed a creditable 26 Premier League games in which he has issued 106 yellow cards and 5 red cards. On paper this should be a game which I would expect him to manage without the requirement to resort to a proliferation of disciplinary sanctions, but I am sure he will not shirk his responsibilities if required.

Today’s Assistants:

Gary Beswick and Peter Kirkup complete the line-up of 3 FIFA officials selected to conduct this game, having obtained their status in 2014 and 2006 respectively. There is no doubt that wearing a FIFA badge in domestic completions quite rightly raises the expectations of the officials to perform above the standard expected, so there should be no excuses for any of our officials today to be the centre of attention at the end of this game.

4th Official:

Michael Oliver completes the quartet of FIFA officials as he is on board holding duties. This gives him the opportunity to lick his wounds after his failure to get 2 out of 4 penalty decisions correct last weekend at the Emirates Stadium. This will be his 7th 4th Official appointment in the Premier League this season.

AM at 2015-05-02 17:25:03

There have been a number of penalty kicks awarded in The FA Premier League today and also a number of red cards. What are thoughts regarding these decisions? have you seen them yet? let us know..

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AM at 2015-05-02 17:22:05

Today’s officials are:

Referee:  Anthony Taylor (AT)

AR1: Gary Beswick (GB)

AR2: Peter Kirkup (PK)

4th Official: Michael Oliver (MO)

AM at 2015-05-02 17:20:00

Manchester United

  • 01 de Gea
  • 25 A Valencia
  • 12 Smalling
  • 33 McNair
  • 17 Blind
  • 21 Herrera
  • 08 Mata
  • 10 Rooney
  • 31 Fellaini
  • 18 Young
  • 20 van Persie


  • 04 Jones
  • 07 Di María
  • 09 Falcao
  • 11 Januzaj
  • 32 Valdés
  • 42 Blackett
  • 44 Pereira

West Bromwich Albion

  • 13 Myhill
  • 25 Dawson
  • 23 McAuley
  • 03 Olsson
  • 06 Lescott
  • 08 Gardner
  • 05 Yacob
  • 24 Fletcher
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 11 Brunt
  • 18 Berahino


  • 02 Wisdom
  • 04 Baird
  • 09 Ideye
  • 10 Anichebe
  • 19 McManaman
  • 29 Sessegnon
  • 38 Rose
Ref: Anthony Taylor


Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been passed fit despite suffering a knee problem last weekend.

But Michael Carrick remains sidelined with a calf injury, Luke Shaw is ruled out with a groin injury and Jonny Evans is out with a sciatic nerve problem.

West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu returns from a ban, while loanee Andre Wisdom is back after being ineligible to face parent club Liverpool.

Boss Tony Pulis has several other injury concerns.

at 2015-05-02 17:15:10

AM at 2015-05-02 17:13:51

Looking back at the history of this match in Manchester, United hold the honours with 31 wins to 12 for WBA and there have been 15 draws here since the teams first met back in 1892. Taking all League games into consideration home and away, Manchester United stay in front with 51 victories to WBA’s 38, with a total of 28 matches ending in a draw.

The reverse fixture at the Hawthorns this season was refereed by Mike Dean in October and ended 2 – 2, courtesy of a late equaliser by Daley Blind for United. Unsurprisingly one of this season’s top performing officials did not get a mention for his input in this fixture which contained just 3 yellow cards (WBA 1, Man Utd 2), so the bar has been set high for this evenings officials to be equally as inconspicuous.  These games can have a habit of biting you on the proverbial if the referee is not careful though, so it is very important that the whole team of officials hit the ground running straight from the off.

AM at 2015-05-02 17:13:16

With all the teams just outside of the Champions League places seeming to be reluctant to make a challenge for the big prize, Manchester United find themselves in the envious position of just requiring just 5 points from their remaining 4 games to secure what was surely the minimum requirement of their new manager this season. Any remotes hopes of challenging for the title disappeared weeks ago due to a poor start to the season, but the Red Devils will be eager to cement a position in the qualifying stages of the major European competition for next season as soon as possible.

West Bromwich Albion on the other hand have little to play for today except their pride and their desire to finish as high up the money stakes as possible, as it is very unlikely that they can be dragged into the relegation battle at this stage. That said, there is still a mathematical chance that they could drop like a stone, so this is not quite an end-of-season kick about for them yet. Added to that is the fact that every team likes to raise to the occasion of playing in front of a packed house at the Theatre of Dreams and that WBA have to go back to 1978 since they last won a League Match away to United, so there should be plenty of incentive for the Baggies to make a game of it.

The current Premier League form table demonstrates the task in hand for WBA today if they are to turn around United’s home run.



AM at 2015-05-02 17:12:19

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