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July 2021

Untold Ref Review: Manchester United 4 – 4 Everton

This article is part of a series stretching over several seasons in which a team of referees analyse the work of refs in Premier League matches.

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Today’s referee is Michael Jones –

MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Michael Jones (2012-04-22)
Period 1
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
3 OFFSIDE MU C assumed correct 1
12 OTHER Welbeck Heitinga NC push not given 1
13 OTHER Rafael Pienaar C pus, advantage given, ball lost, came back, excellent work 1
16 OTHER Fellaini Carrick NC Carrick went to the ground when he realised he lost the ball 1
18 OTHER Rafael NC Handball given, not correct 1
25 OTHER Rooney Jagielka C assumed correct 1
29 OTHER Fellaini Carrick C Holding assistant gave it 1
29 OTHER Fellaini Ferdinand C assumed correct 1
33 GOAL Everton C correct goal 3
35 OTHER Pienaar Rafael C holding 1
36 OTHER Osman Evans NC Frontal tackle not given 1
36 YELLOW Osman NC Caught him on the ankle, should have been a card 2
38 OTHER ? Rafael NC Hit him on the calf, not given 1
40 OTHER Evans Felaini NC Holding not given 1
41 GOAL MU C correct goal 3
42 OTHER Valencia Fellaini C push 1
47 OTHER Distin Valencia C Little push 1
47 YELLOW Distin NC This must have been the softest yellow card for the softest push in the PL this season 2
Period 2
Min Type Foul from On C/NC Comment Weight
46 OTHER Evra Jelavic C Deliberate trip 1
46 YELLOW Evra C no chance of playing the ball 2
53 OTHER Jelavic C handball 1
53 OTHER Rooney Hibbert C push 1
54 OTHER Scholes Howard C push 1
55 OTHER Ferdinanc Neville C trip 1
57 GOAL MU C correct goal 3
59 OTHER Neville Welbeck C frontal tackle 1
59 YELLOW Neville C Dangerous tackle 2
61 GOAL MU C correct goal 3
63 OTHER Scholes Pienaar C trip 1
64 OTHER Pienaar Rafael C clattered with the defender 1
64 OTHER Evans Fellaini NC push not given 1
64 OTHER Pienaar Rafael NC it was the other way round ref 1
65 OTHER Heitinga Welbeck C pull, advantage given the schot goes over 1
67 GOAL Everton C correct goal 3
69 GOAL MU C correct goal 3
73 OFFSIDE MU C assumed correct 1
77 OFFSIDE Everton C assumed correct 1
83 GOAL Everton C correct goal 3
85 GOAL Everton C correct goal 3
88 OTHER Rafael Pienaar NC Not given trip 1
89 OTHER Fellaini Rafael C push 1
92 OTHER Pienaar Nani C trip 1
95 OTHER McFadden Evra C trip 1

I think this is one of the games where United will look back afterwards and realize they lost the title this year.

Ref Jones had a rather poor first half and missed a lot of fouls. But it was equally shared for both teams.

In the second half 6 goals were scored and as we know now this is always a good thing for the final score of the ref when the goals are correctly awarded. I cannot take anything away from the goals. But also for the rest a good second half from the ref.  A few missed fouls in the middle of the park against Everton but that was it. On one occasion a good advantage for Manchester United but they missed the chance.

A nice moment was when SAF had a great laugh with the 4th ref (Probert I think?) It was in the 73th minute and United looked to have won the game. I don’t know why but I had the feeling that it looked like two friends in a pub who support the same team and who think the job is done and start laughing and joking and pushing each other a bit in that ‘we have won the game-attitude” that I think most of us know from watching a game with friends in the pub.  In short: it looked inappropriate.

Later on when the 90 minutes were up there was another manager standing next to the 4th ref. Not smiling or laughing. It was Moyes who couldn’t believe that there would be 5 minutes of extra time.  It looked a lot with only one stoppage for an injury as far as I can remember in the second half. 4 minutes extra looked the maximum for me but it is down to the ref to decide  and the 4th ref to show it to the audience.  But they talk with each other on how much extra time will be given. And then you remember the image of the joking SAF with the 4th ref…  I think if United would have scored in that last extra minute the word Fergie time would have been used.

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COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Michael Jones (2012-04-22)
Period 1 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 2 2 100.00
OFFSIDE 1 1 100.00
OTHER 7 13 53.85
YELLOW 0 2 0.00
TOTAL 10 18 55.56
WEIGHTED 14 24 58.33
Period 2 Called Total Correct %
GOAL 6 6 100.00
OFFSIDE 2 2 100.00
OTHER 12 15 80.00
YELLOW 2 2 100.00
TOTAL 22 25 88.00
WEIGHTED 36 39 92.31
Totals Called Total Correct %
GOAL 8 8 100.00
OFFSIDE 3 3 100.00
OTHER 19 28 67.86
YELLOW 2 4 50.00
TOTAL 32 43 74.42
WEIGHTED 50 63 79.37

Thanks to a rather good second half and because of a lot of goals the ref got a good final score from this game.

BIAS SUMMARY – Michael Jones (2012-04-22)
Period 1 Manchester United % Everton % Total
Correct For 5 50.00 5 50.00 10
Correct For Weighted 7 50.00 7 50.00 14
Incorrect Against 4 50.00 4 50.00 8
Incorrect Against Weighted 5 50.00 5 50.00 10
Fouls Commited 7 58.33 5 41.67 12
Fouls Penalised 4 57.14 3 60.00 7
Period 2 Manchester United % Everton % Total
Correct For 12 54.55 10 45.45 22
Correct For Weighted 19 52.78 17 47.22 36
Incorrect Against 0 0.00 3 100.00 3
Incorrect Against Weighted 0 0.00 3 100.00 3
Fouls Commited 9 52.94 8 47.06 17
Fouls Penalised 6 66.67 8 100.00 14
Totals Manchester United % Everton % Total
Correct For 17 53.13 15 46.88 32
Correct For Weighted 26 52.00 24 48.00 50
Incorrect Against 4 36.36 7 63.64 11
Incorrect Against Weighted 5 38.46 8 61.54 13
Fouls Commited 16 55.17 13 44.83 29
Fouls Penalised 10 62.50 11 84.62 21


The bias index favoured United in this game but it isn’t miles away from what you can expect with the home/away bias. Bias that doesn’t exist according to M. Riley of course…

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4 comments to Untold Ref Review: Manchester United 4 – 4 Everton

  • Anne

    Great review. I can’t believe about SAF openly laughing with the 4th official. It’s like they don’t even try to hide it anymore. Do they really think that we’re such idiots?

  • robl

    @ Anne: no, they don’t care as without any proof it’s just 2 people who’ve worked together for years having a bit of banter.

  • Mahdain

    @Walter it was Kevin Friend and just like you i was rather suprised when that happened.. They arent even trying to make it less obvious but as always Mikey Rile will say nothing is wrong

  • WalterBroeckx

    Thanks Mahdain for correcting this.

    This felt like the boss and his employee when the boss tells you a stupid joke you have heard a dozen times before but hey, he is the boss so you just laugh like you never laughed before.