Swansea City v Manchester United


GB at 2017-08-19 14:42:37

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Full Time Summary

GB at 2017-08-19 14:41:00

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The main points in this game from the officials perspective were:

  • A solid performance from one of the Select Group’s “unsung heroes”
  • Only one talking point in the first half about a second foul by Pogba after a yellow card, which was managed perfectly
  • No fuss and no frills about this one but more importantly no-one is talking about the officials

This game was a fair test for this referee’s decision making which he passed with flying colours. The foul count was actually a little higher than it looked at the end with 23 free kicks being awarded, which is the usual average level in the EPL these days. I say it looked lower than that, because with just two clear reckless challenges in the game, there was not much passion displayed in the game. So step forward Jon Moss, …. and step back again! I was presently surprised by the way he used his maturity and experience to control the game with a smile on his face. He was consistent and never went looking for trouble and kept out of it as much as he could. He missed nothing, but never looked like he was likely to become centre of attention today. In fact, this was the best performance I have seen from this referee in the Premier League.

When the only incident of note came along in the 29th minute of the first half he just calmly dealt with is accordingly – see comments in my half time summary. One thing I have not said about the incident was that it “looked worse”, because Pogba committed the next offence in the game by anyone after his yellow card.

All in all, the referee will have far more difficult games to control than this one, but in all fairness,  he did what he had to do today.

I don’t think this was a particularly fair test of fitness levels, as the ball very rarely switched from one end to the other and there was a lot of midfield sideways passing going on. That said, Jon Moss was not caught out too far away from any of the incidents he was called upon to adjudicate.

All the officials should be happy to bank that one and move on, and no doubt the PGMOL will be happy that the weekend’s officiating has got off to a solid start with no controversy.

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GB at 2017-08-19 14:21:45

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My final summary will follow very shortly.

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GB at 2017-08-19 14:20:58

Full Time

Swansea City 0 v 4 Manchester United


GB at 2017-08-19 14:19:41

Minimum of 3 added minutes to be played, and everyone seems to be coast in towards the end now.


GB at 2017-08-19 14:18:24

GOAL! Anthony Martial (MU 11) – third goal in 4 minutes!


GB at 2017-08-19 14:17:26

GOAL!  Paul Pogba (MU 6) makes it three for United


GB at 2017-08-19 14:16:33

GOAL!and its that man Romelu Lukaku (MU 9) of course


GB at 2017-08-19 14:07:42

Another “safe” free kick as I predicted just now. Referees do not want to risk messing up all the hard work gone before in games like this by taking chances by not giving the expected free kicks


GB at 2017-08-19 14:05:02

Just 14 minutes to go now for Moss to keep the lid tightly screwed down on this one. He has definitely not gone looking for trouble so far and his tactics have worked for him.


GB at 2017-08-19 14:02:08

Leroy Fer (SW 8) picks up the second Yellow Card of the match so far for that reckless challenge on the United player. No arguments with that one!


GB at 2017-08-19 14:00:37

That “soft” free kick for slight contact on Daley Blind (MU 17) is precisely how I expect the referee to start closing this one out – safety first!


GB at 2017-08-19 13:58:27

Good to see very minimal grappling at these corners today so far and then Moss being pro-active as soon as it crosses his tolerance level


GB at 2017-08-19 13:54:05


All the officials will not be bothered with the tempo the game is being played at right now, but they need to remain focused because its games like this which can suddenly come to life due to one bad call by one of the officials. Concentration is the name of the game from here on in.

GB at 2017-08-19 13:51:04

@RodneyMarsh10 @youaretheref The 2nd one wasn’t a yellow ?

Opinion still split over Pogba incident in first half, but it is fair to say not many think it was a second yellow – what about you?

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GB at 2017-08-19 13:48:20

Using the half way line to assert your authority for the position of a throw-in is a good “basic” man man-management opportunity which Moss took full advantage of then


at 2017-08-19 13:46:11

Another couple of examples of Jon Moss being right on the spot again as he allows a couple of physical challenges to go by with no free kick awarded. So much easier to sell your decisions when you are right there.


at 2017-08-19 13:43:38

The vastly experienced AR2 Andy Halliday was a yard of the pace then as he chased the ball down to the goal line. With no age limits in place these days, the fitness tests need to get even tougher in my opinion if these officials are going to go on for ever!


GB at 2017-08-19 13:33:01

Second half underway

GB at 2017-08-19 13:31:48

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Half Time Summary

GB at 2017-08-19 13:27:50

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It is often difficult to find any fans of Jon Moss out there, and there are certainly those already giving him stick again today, but I have to say that he is doing OK from where I am sitting!

He showed maturity and empathy in the way he managed that first half. He seemed to be alert to the pinch points and has missed nothing so far.

The one talking point about the next foul after a yellow card by Pogba – but it is not even a talking point really! It was just a careless miss-timed challenge and would never have been a first yellow card in its own right! Moss managed it well though by setting the player up for the next one by bringing the captain in.

I would expect Moss to be feeling that he has got the game where he wants it at the moment, but he will also know that it would not take much to spark this one off, so he cannot afford to relax.

Finally, I am still disappointed with his lack of a dynamic sprint off the mark, but at least he has not been caught out too far from and major decisions so far.

I am sure he would settle for his level of control so far, at the end!

GB at 2017-08-19 13:18:04


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GB at 2017-08-19 13:17:28

Half Time

Swansea City 0 v 1 Manchester United


GB at 2017-08-19 13:16:31

GOAL! Eric Bailly (MU3)

Swansea 0 v 1 Man Utd


GB at 2017-08-19 13:15:17

Twitter waking up over the foul by Pogba following his yellow card. Most seem to agree it was not worthy of a second yellow.

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Was it even a “Big Call” as someone has just said?


GB at 2017-08-19 13:10:23

Good “wait and see” demonstrated by Andy Halliday at that last free kick by Swansea as the player “miles offside” did not get involved with the play. Goodness that one would have been debated if they had scored though!


GB at 2017-08-19 13:08:29

The honeymoon period is definitely over in this game now as the players seem ready to test this referee from now on. That “silly” push and exaggerated fall to the ground shows that the temperature is beginning to rise since the Pogba second foul incident. Good alertness demonstrated by Moss that he saw the incident and did not over-react, but he may need to have eyes all over the place soon.


GB at 2017-08-19 13:05:16

Jon Moss was well positioned close in to make the “no foul” call on the edge of the Swansea penalty area


GB at 2017-08-19 13:03:21

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Big call for Jon Moss as Paul Pogba (MU 6) commits another foul 4 minutes after his yellow card. That was not a second yellow card for me, just a careless challenge which was miss-timed. Moss has used the stepped approach and called in the Man Utd Captain to pass on the “last warning” to Paul Pogba (MU 6).


GB at 2017-08-19 13:00:06

It is NOT NOW!

Paul Pogba (MU 6) get first Yellow Card for that reckless challenge. Some things just cant be managed and Jon Moss did well again not to try to be lenient with that poor challenge. Nailed on Yellow Card.



GB at 2017-08-19 12:57:39

Jon Moss is showing a lot of empathy with the the players so far as Marcus Rashford (MU 19) gets told to just calm down and relax. This is the type of game he can do that in so far.


GB at 2017-08-19 12:55:26

Martin Olsson’s (SW 16) “overhead” kick was not dangerous then as there were no players close enough to him to be affected.


GB at 2017-08-19 12:53:05

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Good man-management there by Moss as Leroy Fer (SW 8) gets set up with a public warning that the next one is a yellow after just his second careless challenge. Whilst the physical contact has been low-key so far, the skill of the referee is to spot when to raise their profile and be pro-active before the challenges reach the reckless level. That was worthy of a strong word from the referee but not a yellow card at this stage.


GB at 2017-08-19 12:49:07

17 minutes in and only the 3rd free kick awarded so far. Jon Moss is doing well to keep this one moving as much as possible as both teams are happy to just knock the ball around at the moment and not each other!


GB at 2017-08-19 12:45:42

Positioning wise the referee is doing well to stay ahead of the play as Man Utd build up their attack. Referee’s who do not do this because of a lack of confidence to catch up if the play switches, show up a lack of alertness. Jon Moss is correct to hang forwards when the ball is being knocked sideways like this.


GB at 2017-08-19 12:41:54


A bit of as “soft” free kick to open his account with, but nonetheless Jon Moss was correct to give the expected stoppage as the Man Utd player is tripped.

Also correct to make the free kick be retaken as he had not given the restart signal


GB at 2017-08-19 12:39:23

An early assessment of the referee’s physique and movement show little signs of change from last season, so I hope he reads the game better this term


GB at 2017-08-19 12:35:34


Chances at both ends in the opening 3 minutes – this bodes well for an exciting game. The officials will be looking at that and hoping they can keep out of it.


GB at 2017-08-19 12:33:55

Good spot by Andy Halliday with that sharp signal for ball over the line for Man Utd goal-kick. Very important to get those early calls correct


GB at 2017-08-19 12:32:24

I like to see a referee really blast the whistle to get the game started so everyone knows they mean business!

Kick Off

GB at 2017-08-19 12:30:37

Manchester United won the toss so it will be Swansea City to kick off.

Good luck to all! And may the ball run kindly for you.

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GB at 2017-08-19 12:24:56

Not long to go now as the players and officials prepare to leave the tunnel


GB at 2017-08-19 12:21:15


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GB at 2017-08-19 12:19:02


Today’s officials are:

Referee:  Jonathon Moss

AR1: Edward Smart (Technical Area)

AR2: Andy Halliday

4th Official: Mike Jones

Jonathan Moss

By all accounts Jon Moss got off to a good start last week, as he presided over Huddersfield’s historic first win in the top flight for many years at Crystal Palace. What everyone referee hopes for as they walk out onto the field of play every game, is to walk off at the end and no-one even noticed who the referee was. Fair play to Mr Moss for achieving that goal in his first outing this term and here’s to many more of those!

I have been critical in the past about this referee’s movement around the field of play and there can be no excuses at this stage of the season, when all our top officials should have been preparing to ensure that they are at peek fitness levels for the start of the season. Not every referee on the Select Group at the moment deserves to be described as an athlete in the way they cover the ground, but those who lack the likes of dynamic sprint which used to be Clattenburg’s trademark, can often                                                  compensate for this with their reading of the game and ability to anticipate where the next major decision is going to be made, and getting into a credible position before it happens. With all his experience, Jon Moss ought to be a master at that by now, so let’s see how he gets on under the microscope today.

Good to see that he is supported by the same “wing-men” he worked with last week. I am a great believer in having teams of officials operating together on a regular basis, as this fosters trust and honesty amongst the team. I hope this is a sign of things to come from the PGMOL this term.

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2017-08-19 12:15:43

Swansea City

1       ?ukasz Fabia?ski (SW 1)

6       Alfie Mawson (SW 6)

8       Leroy Fer (SW 8)

10     Tammy Abraham (SW 10)

14     Tom Carroll (SW 14)

16     Martin Olsson (SW 16)

18     Jordan Ayew (SW 18)

26     Kyle Naughton (SW 26)

27     Kyle Bartley (SW 27)

33     Federico Fernández (SW 33)

51     Roque Mesa (SW 51)


5       Mike van der Hoorn (SW 5)

11     Luciano Narsingh (SW 11)

13     Kristoffer Nordfeldt (SW 13)

15     Wayne Routledge (SW 15)

22     Angel Rangel (SW 22)

56     Jay Fulton (SW 56)

62     Oliver McBurnie (SW 62)

Manchester United

1       David De Gea (MU 1)

3       Eric Bailly (MU3)

4       Phil Jones (MU 4)

6       Paul Pogba (MU 6)

8       Juan Mata (MU 8)

9       Romelu Lukaku (MU 9)

17     Daley Blind (MU 17)

19     Marcus Rashford (MU 19)

22     Henrikh Mkhitaryan (MU 22)

25     Luis Antonio Valencia (MU 25)

31     Nemanja Matic (MU 31)


2       Victor Lindelöf (MU 2)

11     Anthony Martial (MU 11)

12     Chris Smalling (MU 12)

14     Jesse Lingard MU 14)

20     Sergio Romero (MU 20)

21     Ander Herrera (MU 21)

27     Marouane Fellaini (MU 27)


GB at 2017-08-19 12:11:00


Any preview of this game has to start with a non-event this week, and that is the absence of Gylfi Sigurðsson for the Swans of course. All the speculation about his move to Everton has at last come to past, but the Swansea faithful will still have been sorry to see him go I am sure. That said, at least the Club can move on now and concentrate on the job in hand. The only problem with that is, the next game brings one of the biggest clubs on the circuit to town! Not that the Swans are any respecter’s of reputation as they come into this one unbeaten in 6 and not too distance memories of 3 wins on the bounce against the Red Devils. The Welshmen have yet to keep a clean sheet against United in their 12 previous Premier League meetings, and that statistic is going to be a hard one to break today with the firepower the visitors have in their locker this season!

Manchester United rock up to the Liberty Stadium with their tails up and with the pundits already waxing lyrical about how Morinio’s new look team means business this season. A 4 nil win on the opening day is obviously not to be sniffed at, but consistency is the name of the game these days, so a second chance to see how the likes of Lukaku and Pogbar gel together week after week makes this a real mouth-watering fixture for the live TV audience. I am not a betting man, but if I was, I would not be putting my mortgage on this one being a boring nil – nil draw. So sit back and relax, and let’s all see if the United goal feast can continue!


GB at 2017-08-19 12:07:13

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