West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United


GT at 2016-12-17 20:32:29

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GT at 2016-12-17 20:26:17

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GT at 2016-12-17 20:24:12

As for referee Taylor and his team…

It can be difficult to shine in a dull game and today was no different.

There was some evidence of good teamwork at times (particularly from assistant Hussin) but Anthony Taylor will be disappointed when he sees the slap by Rondon on Rojo’s face.

He penalised both men with cautions, but the WBA forward should have seen red.

GT at 2016-12-17 20:21:51

Full Time

And that is our lot, as United take 3 points from a game which frankly failed to get going.

Effective but not exciting looks like the order of the day as Mourinho tries to steer them into a Europa League.

WBA did little to sparkle either and they can have no complaints with the result.

90+2 minutes

GT at 2016-12-17 20:19:12

Mourinho wastes some of those 4 minutes by bringing on Smalling for Herrera

GT at 2016-12-17 20:17:48

That is the end of the 90 minutes.

4 added minutes to go on top…

88 minutes

GT at 2016-12-17 20:15:41

Chris Brunt cynically takes out Rashford and is more than happy to take a caution rather than a run on goal for his opponent

Yellow Card

85 minutes

GT at 2016-12-17 20:12:08

Indeed, that very change happens right now.

Rooney just cannot break that scoring drought and get level with the United record.

GT at 2016-12-17 20:10:46

This reception could be interesting…it looks like Fellaini may be coming off the bench soon for Rooney

82 minutes

GT at 2016-12-17 20:09:19

Two changes by WBA.

Robson-Kanu comes on for Phillips and Leko takes over from Chadli

GT at 2016-12-17 20:07:57

We are in the final 10 of the regular 90 minutes

79 minutes

GT at 2016-12-17 20:06:53

Good decision not to give Rooney the foul he was looking for.

Well done, referee

77 minutes

GT at 2016-12-17 20:04:09

Substitute by United.

Lingard makes way for Rashford.

GT at 2016-12-17 20:03:10

Good work by assistant Hussin as he leads Taylor into a free kick for WBA following a foul.

GT at 2016-12-17 20:00:22

Big claims from WBA for a penalty as the ball hits Pogba on the arm.

But that is exactly what happened….the ball hit him.

No intention and no penalty.

Good call referee.

67 minutes

GT at 2016-12-17 19:55:23

Pogba has to be getting close to a caution for persistent infringement as the £89 million man commits yet another foul

66 minutes

GT at 2016-12-17 19:54:00

Phil Jones needs sorting out.

Who does he think he is, and what has it got to do with him?

Rojo (United) and Rondon (WBA) both see yellow following a challenge between the two.

Rondon is a VERY lucky man though, as he should have been sent off as he slapped Rojo in the face.

Yellow CardYellow Card

GT at 2016-12-17 19:49:34

Good offside call from assistant Hussin, despite being a yard behind play

GT at 2016-12-17 19:48:51

That change could be coming sooner rather than later as James Morrison goes through his warm up routine

GT at 2016-12-17 19:47:40

WBA have to change their approach if they are to get anything out of this one.

Another long and hopeful ball up to Rondon comes to nothing

58 minutes

GT at 2016-12-17 19:46:10

Following the award of the free kick, Jesse Lingard receives a yellow card which has to be for dissent.What a ridiculous way to get yourself noticed by a referee.

Yellow Card

57 minutes

GT at 2016-12-17 19:44:52

Handball by Valencia is well spotted by Taylor, despite it being on his blind-side

55 minutes

GT at 2016-12-17 19:43:41

GOAL! a deflected effort from Ibrahimovic go two up. That looks like game, set and match to me.


GT at 2016-12-17 19:40:11

Rondon looks like a man who forgot to put on his usual National Lottery numbers, only to see all six drawn out.

He needs to calm down or he’ll be seeing a card some time soon.

49 minutes

GT at 2016-12-17 19:37:06

Dawson sees yellow following a clumsy foul into the back of Ibrahimovic.

Correct decision by referee Taylor

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-12-17 19:34:22

Just like the first half, Pogba commits an early foul.

Free kick given to WBA, correctly so

GT at 2016-12-17 19:32:32

Time for the second half.

United take the kick…

Will they hang on to their lead or will WBA get back into this one?

Let us know what you think and give us your views by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref

GT at 2016-12-17 19:19:42

The end of the first half is on us.

A half which never really got going in terms a excitement, but sees United go in a goal to the good.

Referee Taylor and his assistants had a quiet half too, with little or nothing of magnitude to deal with.

It will be interesting to see if WBA come out in the second half with more purpose after manager Pulis has been in their ears.

GT at 2016-12-17 19:17:42

Half Time

GT at 2016-12-17 19:17:22

Taylor holds his whistle for a very long time before awarding a questionable free kick to United.


GT at 2016-12-17 19:15:35

That’s the end of the regular 45 minutes.

Just one added minute to go on.

GT at 2016-12-17 19:14:07

Rondon goes to ground in search of a free kick.

Taylor and his assistant Steve Child agree that he went down too easily and waved play on.

Good decision and teamwork officials

GT at 2016-12-17 19:09:37

Nonetheless, it is a nice game to referee.

Not many challenging decisions

GT at 2016-12-17 19:05:07

Just ten of the opening forty five minutes to go, and this one has still not really sparked in to life yet

GT at 2016-12-17 19:01:52

That looked like a holding offence by Jones on Rondon, but Taylor ignored it and allowed United to play on

GT at 2016-12-17 18:58:18

Ian Hussin raises the flag for offside against Lingard but Tayls plays advantage as the ball ran through to Ben Foster in the WBA goal.

Well done referee…you may want to hold that flag a while longer assistant referee.

25 minutes

GT at 2016-12-17 18:55:42

A very poor challenge by Ibrahimovic.

Taylor is quick to pull out the yellow card, erring on the side of it being reckless rather than endangering his opponent’s safety.

I can go with that decision.

Whatever the colour of the card it was a cowardly challenge by the United front man.

Yellow Card


GT at 2016-12-17 18:52:43

A quarter of the game has passed, and so far it hasn’t really got going

GT at 2016-12-17 18:50:25

Lingard commits a small foul on Yacob which Tayls sees and punishes with a free kick to WBA.

Good awareness, referee.

GT at 2016-12-17 18:47:12

An interesting talking point on the Ibrahimovic goal.

He clearly pulled back Darren Fletcher during the build-up, but it went unpunished by the officials.

Understandable ‘miss’ by Taylor and his tea though, as those are rarely seen or given.

GT at 2016-12-17 18:43:56

Tayls is doing well so far.

He’s not being overly fussy and the game is benefiting from that.

GT at 2016-12-17 18:41:00

Ten minutes have gone and it’s a quiet start for the officials in terms of decision making incidents

GT at 2016-12-17 18:38:52

Good advantage played by referee Taylor as WBA look for an equaliser

GT at 2016-12-17 18:36:00

GOAL! against the run of play, United break and Ibrahimovic heads home from Lingard’s cross


4 minutes

GT at 2016-12-17 18:34:42

Pogba commits a late challenge and a free kick is rightly awarded to the home side

GT at 2016-12-17 18:33:39

It’s all WBA in these early moments.

Good start for our officials.

35 seconds

GT at 2016-12-17 18:31:43

A nice, little foul for the home side.

Referees like an early ‘settler’.

Free kick for WBA

GT at 2016-12-17 18:30:18

Here we go.

West Bromwich Albion take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2016-12-17 18:19:52

It’s almost time for kick-off at The Hawthorns.

GT at 2016-12-17 18:15:21

Phil Stone @HiltonRam1
@youaretheref @jasonpettigrove wonder if Rojo will get a red for another 2 footer today

It’s a fair question on Twitter from Phil.

Rojo starts again today, so there is a chance…

GT at 2016-12-17 18:13:37

As for our officials …

Another baffling appointment by the PGMOL sees Manchester-based referee Anthony Taylor take charge of this one.

Baffling not because of any doubt over Anthony’s integrity, rather because there has to be another referee available to take this one especially when we consider the wounds are barely healed from Mourinho’s FA charge following comments he made earlier this season about ‘Tayls’.

Add to that the fact this is the THIRD time Taylor has refereed United this season, and you cannot help but wonder if Mike Riley makes the appointments wearing a blindfold whilst drawing out numbers from a bag.

Anthony leads a team which includes Steve Child and Ian Hussin, with Paul Tierney as fourth official.

If the self-proclaimed ‘special one’ feels things aren’t going his way, Tierney could be the busiest man out there today.

Meanwhile, let’s hope Ian Hussin has changed his fabric conditioner since the last time we saw him, as we wouldn’t want a repeat of the infamous Mike Dean shirt-sniffing escapade!

Everyone at YATR hopes Tayls and his team enjoy a successful game and we are talking about the game rather than key match errors at the end.

Don’t go anywhere…follow the big match here on YATR.

This should be a fascinating clash and I am expecting some flashpoints…

GT at 2016-12-17 18:07:26

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

Our opener involves a couple of sides with identical points secured from their last ten league games.

Seventh placed West Bromwich Albion have though captured more wins in that time than their opponents Manchester United, who are ‘kings’ of the draw these days.

WBA manager Tony Pulis will fancy his team’s chances of adding to that tally in front of an enthusiastic following at The Hawthorns, but will be mindful of his players’ behaviour following their £45,000 fine earlier in the week for failing to control their players in a game against Watford.

United boss Jose Mourinho has problems of his own to ponder.

For the first time since August his team has put together back-to-back League wins, and for a side which has spent £480 million pounds since they last won the title, that is simply not good enough.

Pressure is mounting within Old Trafford, and nothing less than a win today will keep those already baying for Mourinho to be sacked away from the headline writers.

The expectation is that West Brom will try to stifle and spoil United’s game plan and hope to catch them on the break, but what do you think?

Let us know who you believe will be triumphant by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref