Sunderland v Manchester United


GT at 2016-02-13 15:47:53

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GT at 2016-02-13 15:46:21

As for our referees…

Andre Marriner had many good times in this one.

His positioning and movement were outstanding, as was his calm demeanour.

Unfortunately he made another key match error when he failed to award a penalty to Sunderland following a handball by Wayne Rooney.

His defence could be that he wasn’t best=placed for the call…in which case his assistant Jake Collin has to come in and help him.

That is refereeing for you…the whole team of officials was doing very well but no-one will remember that.

They will only be remembered for missing that Sunderland penalty.

Luckily for them though it did not affect the outcome in the end, as the Black Cats scored late on to take all three points.

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…and that’s it as Sunderland put United to the sword.

This is a huge win for Sunderland as they look to avoid the drop, and an equally big loss for United and their under-fire leader.

Those four Champions League places look miles away for them as they put in another poor performance in losing this one.

All of the speculation will begin again for Louis van Gaal, just at a time when it looked to be settling down a little.

But…the Black Cats were good value for the win today.

They worked harder and should have had a penalty too.

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Full Time

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One minute of the added four to go…

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…and United really are rattled as another foul goes in, allowing Sunderland the opportunity to use up more time

92 minutes

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Smalling stupidly fouls Ndoye, which allows Sunderland to take the heat out of the game.

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That’s the end of the regular 90 minutes.

Four added to go on in this fabulous game which has been non-stop action

GT at 2016-02-13 15:34:09

Rooney and Memphis do their best to convince Andre that United should have a penalty, but that is a good call this time.

Definitely not a penalty for handball against O’Shea

85 minutes

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Cattermole makes way for Toivonen (Sunderland)

as United make their final change with Will Keane on for Scheiderlin

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Dreadful United defending pours all of the pressure back on to their beleaguered manager

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Consecutive corners for Sunderland prove costly for United as Kone is left unmarked in the area, and powers home a header…

Game on for the last 8 minutes…

82 minutes

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GOAL! Kone for Sunderand !!!

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10 minutes to go, and it’s Sunderland on the attack…

GT at 2016-02-13 15:23:07

Andre and his team are doing well again this half…what a shame that penalty call could be the deciding factor in this game.

That’s the name of the game for referees though. You can have 89 great minutes, but you will only be remembered for that one poor call

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Great effort by Kone, but De Gea comes to the rescue again for United

71 minutes

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Sunderland make a change as Borini takes over from Defoe, who has been carrying a hamstring injury all week

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With 20 minutes to go, this one could still go either way.

A draw is no use to Sunderland or United so it will be interesting to see who goes all out for the win

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As Khazri’s shot is saved by De Gea

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Free kick to Sunderland in a dangerous position…will history repeat itself?

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First decision for Simon Beck, and it’s a good one as he calls Wayne Rooney offside.

Good decision.

62 minutes

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Memphis replaces Lingard for United as they look to steady the ship

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An hour of the game has passed and the second half is going the way of the first.

Sunderland applying all of the pressure…the question is, can they keep up this work rate?

59 minutes

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….and Michael Carrick joins him in the book following a late challenge

United are rattled Yellow Card

58 minutes

GT at 2016-02-13 15:02:05

The cautions are coming now…Mata sees yellow for a trip

Yellow Card

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Let’s hope that key match error is the last we see today.

This has been a good game so far, and we don’t want officials’ decisions determining its outcome.

GT at 2016-02-13 14:56:11

More Sunderland appeals for a penalty as |Rooney goes to head the ball, but he clearly handles it with his arm in an unnatural position.

That should have been a penalty to Sunderland

GT at 2016-02-13 14:54:07

Ndoye is fouled by Borthwick-Jackson, and that could easily have been another caution.

But Andre chooses just to give the free kick

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40 seconds into the half and Wayne Rooney is correctly cautioned for a cynical trip on Cattermole

Yellow Card

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Here we go for the second half, and it’s United who get us under way.

More of the same please everyone…

GT at 2016-02-13 14:38:34

That was an excellent first 45 minutes of football.

Sunderland pressed hard and put United under pressure every time the away side had the ball, and deserved to take the lead.

However, as the game drew on, they couldn’t keep up that work rate and United equalised.

In a game of such pressure, with so many tackles being made it is understandable that Andre missed a couple.

What he needs to be aware of is the ‘team-fouling’ on Jesse Lingard. the United man is being bullied by several Sunderland players, and has had three very heavy challenges/fouls committed upon him already.

Jake Collin looks right on his game today as he patrols the senior line, whilst Simon Beck has had little, or nothing, to do.

GT at 2016-02-13 14:34:22

Half Time

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More good work from Jake Collin as he calls his third offside decision correctly

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Goal kick to United….unfortunately, Andre failed to issue the caution that foul on Lingard deserved

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That’s the end of the regular 45 minutes…an additional 4 to go on

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Good advantage played as Lingard is the victim of yet another heavy challenge from behind.

I hope Andre goes back and issues a caution when play breaks down

GT at 2016-02-13 14:25:51

What a fabulous game this is…

Non-stop action.

How will it end though?

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38 minutes

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Some will call it poetic justice as the free kick leads to a Man United equaliser by Darmian


38 minutes

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Yedlin (Sunderland) is correctly cautioned for an appalling dive

Yellow Card

37 minutes

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Darmian and Khazri come together once again in a challenge which leaves the United man requiring treatment.

No foul according to Andre….but Darmian played the ball, whereas Khazri played the man.

That has to be a free kick.

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Andre incorrectly awards a goal kick to Sunderland at a time when United were beginning to enjoy the bulk of possession.

That kind of error really winds up players as it eases all the pressure they have worked so hard to build up

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After 30 minutes there is no sign of Sunderland relaxing the pressure they are keeping United under.

Every ball is being fiercely contested.

28 minutes

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Andre levels up the missed fouls as he waves away United’s appeals despite Lingard clearly being pulled to the ground

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Cattermole is at it with Andre, as he argues strongly against a foul given for his arms being raised.

Keep a grip on him Andre…

26 minutes

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HUGE appeals by Sunderland for a penalty as the ball hits Schneiderlin on the hand.

But that is exactly what happened….the ball hit him with his arms in a perfectly natural position.

Definitely not a penalty….good call, Andre.

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That has to be a foul as Darmian obstructs Khazri…but inexplicably Andre doesn’t see the pull back

23 minutes

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More good work from Jake Collin as he calls a very tight offside correctly.

That was a particularly testing one as the United player offside was right on Jake’s toes, whilst the second rearmost defender was on the far side of the penalty area.

Excellent work, Jake Collin.

GT at 2016-02-13 14:07:19

The opening quarter of the game has gone, and it’s all Sunderland so far.

Their only disappointment will be that they haven’t stretched their lead.

GT at 2016-02-13 14:05:46

Andre is right on the spot again to see a foul for the home side.

Good positioning.

Good refereeing.

GT at 2016-02-13 14:04:24

Cattermole looks very fired-up for this one, and Andre will be aware that he is a player who can cause a referee problems.

He’s the kind of combative midfielder who needs nursing and encouraging through games, just keep letting him know you’re there watching and aware of everything that is happening

GT at 2016-02-13 14:01:34

Good positional work by Andre…he is floating around, keeping himself close to the action without getting in the way

15 minutes

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Jack Rodwell replaces Kirchhoff for the Black cats

11 minutes

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Defoe misses a glorious opportunity to double the home side’s lead

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The opening ten minutes have passed, and they often set the tone for the rest of the game.

Let us hope so because it has been a blistering start, particularly from Sunderland.

Our officials are doing exactly the right thing too….let the players get on with it.

They want to play, so let them.

GT at 2016-02-13 13:52:03

That goal has set the game up nicely, and our referees need to rise with the tempo

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David de Gea was unsighted as the ball went through a wall of players and directly into the bottom corner.

Goal for Khazri…

2 minutes

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…and it proves to be VERY dangerous…GOAL!

to Sunderland

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Darmian concedes a free kick in a dangerous position

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Good start by Jake Collin…accurate offside decision after less than two minutes.

Every official likes to get a good one under their belt nice and early.

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Sunderland take the kick-off and get us underway…

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It’s almost time for kick-off at The Stadium of Light.

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As for our officials today…

Andre Marriner leads his team into the spotlight.

Marriner is not exactly flavour-of-the-month amongst Sunderland supporters having issued seven red cards to their players in the seventeen games he has refereed them.

That is a fact Big Sam will not have missed, and he will have his troops well and truly fired up for this one.

However, YATR followers will know that Andre does not always issue reds when he should, as we have already seen on four occasions this season when he missed sending off offences for Everton, Chelsea (twice) and Bournemouth.

Those errors have led to his place upon the Select Group being questioned by none other than the highly respected Keith Hackett, former chief of English elite referees.

Running the lines today are Jake Collin and Simon Beck.

Unfortunately, Beck has also been responsible for howlers this season.

The fixture Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City proved to be a day to forget for Beck when he missed the easiest of offside decisions for Spurs’ opening goal. If an award was ever to be given for the worst decision by an assistant in a season then Beck could be making space on his mantelpiece for that one.

Jake Collin is not without his critics either, but I believe this is one of the few assistants currently on the list who, with the benefit of some proper coaching, could become one of the very best around.

Lee Mason makes up the quartet as fourth official.

With plenty to prove, we all hope the officials have a quiet and incident-free afternoon and everyone leaves the ground talking about the game rather than them…but, somehow, I feel this fixture could bring a few challenges for Andre and his team.

So, don’t go anywhere…follow us here on YATR…this should be a fascinating clash.

GT at 2016-02-13 13:16:20

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

We bring to you a fixture which could prove pivotal in determining which teams are relegated and which make those lucrative Champions League places; Sunderland v Manchester United

Whilst either of these sides is capable of producing a stand-out result, neither is doing so regularly.

With thirteen goals so far this campaign Jermaine Defoe is the ‘go-to’ man for the Black Cats. He is ten goals ahead of his nearest team mate and could be the key to survival for the North east outfit.

Relegation is a real concern for the Wearsiders, and manager ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce is going to need all of his escapology skills to steer his team clear of the dreaded drop.

Manchester United have a problem scoring this season. With only 32 goals in 25 league games they trail the leaders Leicester City by 15 strikes, a statistic which has helped earn them the ‘boring’ tag this campaign.

Nonetheless, there have been some green shoots of recovery for the Red Devils recently, and their under-fire manager Louis van Gaal will be hoping for three valuable points today, especially at a ground where United have never lost a league match.

It is 19th v 5th in the league, with everything to play for…a draw is no use to either side today, so let’s hope we get an afternoon of highly entertaining and attacking football.

So, what do you think?

How will this one go?

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