So have United benefited directly from Referees this year and to what extent.
By Andrew Crawshaw
I have analysed all of the available Referee Decisions reviews of the United games from the start of the season up to the Everton game on 10th February, 21 games in total. I am commenting on them in sequence from the start of the year and have used the weighted scores in the reviews throughout. At the end of my comments on each game I have given (in brackets) my guess as to any difference between the points United did score and those I think they should have had.
Andre Marriner – Everton v United 20/08/2012 Score 1 – 0
Key decisions – Penalty not awarded to Everton in 4th minute, bias of wrong decisions against Everton 76% – probable score 1 – 1, (-2 points for United)
Kevin Friend – United v Fulham 25/08/2012 Score 3 – 2
Key decisions – Hangerland should have been sent off in minute 74, bias against Fulham 84% – probable result, win for United (no change).
Michael Oliver – United v Wigan 15/09/2012 Score 4 – 0
Key decisions – Minute 3 Penalty for United incorrect, Wellbeck should have been booked for diving; Minute 54 Scholes should have been booked; Minute 55 McArthur second yellow was harsh. Minute 56 Caldwell should have been booked. Minute 88 Figuera and Nani should both have been booked. Minute 92 Wellbeck booked, should have been his second and him sent off. Mr Oliver seems to have had a bad day at the office and was awarded an overall rating of 64%. He still managed to have a bias against Wigan of 83%. It is unlikely that United wouldn’t have got all three points though (no change)
Mark Halsey – Liverpool v United 23/09/2012 Score 1 – 2
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Key decisions – Minute 38 Shelvey sent off (rightly) however Evans should also have been sent off. Minute 56 Suarez should have been awarded a penalty. Minute 75 Penalty to United wrongly awarded and the resulting goal should not have stood. Minute 83 RVP should have been sent off (straight red and three game ban), the tackle was similar to that that resulted in Shelvey being sent off earlier in the game. Mr Halsey also seems to have had a poor game (65%), bias against Liverpool 82% These decisions changed the game and Liverpool would quite likely have won (-3 points)
Chris Foy – United v Tottenham 29/09/2012 Score 2 – 3
Key decisions – Minute 42 should have been a penalty to United. Minute 58 should have been a second penalty to United. Another poorly refereed game with a 64%, overall bias against Tottenham 65% despite the two not given penalties! Those two penalties mean that United were likely to have won the game (+3)
Howard Webb – Newcastle v United 07/10/2012 Score 0 – 3
Key decisions – Minute 1 “Tioté lets Rooney know he is there. The response from Webb is interesting he rushes over, dont kick Wayne!” Minute 3 “Rafael leaves his foot in exactly as Tiote did, Webb is in a good position but gives nothing.” Minute 83 RVP should have received a red card (and a three match ban). Bias against Newcastle 100% – every wrong decision was in favour of United. Would fair refereeing have changed the outcome of the match – possible but impossible to say (no change).
Anthony Taylor – United v Stoke 20/10/2012 Score 4 – 2
Key decisions – Minute 45 Scholes should have been sent off for a second yellow card. Despite this the refree had a good game with a 94% score. Having to play the second half with ten men I would take Stoke to score an equaliser (-2 points)
Mark Clattenberg – Chelsea v United 28/10/2012 Score 2 – 3
Key decisions – Minute 67 Torres wrongly sent off for diving (second yellow) there was contact. Minute 74 Hernandez goal wrongly awarded, he came back from an offside position. Bias against Chelsea 64%. A game Chelsea should have drawn at least (-2 points)
Anthony Taylor – Norwich v United 17/11/2012 Score 1 – 0
Key decisions – Minute 91 Yellow for Rafael given. Mr Taylor made no mistakes in this game – NONE! (no change)
Kevin Friend – Aston Villa v United 10/11/2012 Score 2 – 3
Key decisions – Minute 57 Hernandes scores as a direct result of a wrong call in favour of United. Bias against Villa 89%. Another poor refereeing performance earning 64%. Wrong goal shouldn’t have counted so a draw probably the right result (-2 points)
Lee Probert – United v QPR 24/11/2012 Score 3 – 1
Key decisions – Minute 10 Scholes should have had a yellow card (scissor tackle). Minute 27 Not given trip on QPR player just outside penalty area. Minute 54 Scholes gets a yellow card should have been his second with him being sent off. Minute 63 United goal came directly from a wrongly awarded corner kick shouldnt have stood. Bias against QPR 89%. Against 10 men would QPR have scored – possibly but two is unlikely. (no change)
Mike Dean – United v Arsenal 03/11/2012 Score 2 – 1
Key decisions – Minute 44 Penalty to United (saved) wrongly awarded not intentional handball. Minute 58 Cleverly should have had a second yellow and been sent off. Minute 69 Wilshere rightly sent off for second yellow. Bias against Arsenal 85%. With Cleverly off in minute 58, would Arsenal have equalised – your guess is as good as mine but I would like to think so (-2 points).
Chris Foy – United v Sunderland 15/12/2012 Score 3 – 1
Key decisions – four missed yellow cards, three for Sunderland, one for United. No significant bias (55% against Sunderland) (no change)
Jonathan Moss – United v WBA 29/12/2012 Score 2 – 0
Key decisions – Minute 8 Own goal by McAuley, came from a not given foul on a WBA player but they could have cleared the ball and so the decision was allowed as correct. Bias against WBA 74% (no change)
Mike Dean – United v Newcastle 26/12/1012 Score 4 – 3
Key decisions – Minute 70 RVP goal came directly from a non given foul by RVP, goal shouldn’t have stood. Minute 93 Valencia should have been sent off for a studs up challenge. Bias against Newcastle 74%. Game should have been a draw (-2 points).
Michael Oliver – Swansea v United 23/12/2012 Score 1 – 1
Key decisions – Minute 19 Yellow card not given to United player (3 fouls in total). Minute 59 yellow card to Tiemdalli was soft. Minute 76 RVP given a yellow card but it should have been red for pushing the ref on the shoulder. Bias against Swansea 63%. Would Swansea have scored a second goal with a man advantage for 24 minutes – impossible to say (no change).
Howard Webb – United v Liverpool 13/01/2013 Score 2 – 1
Key Decisions – Minute 52 Skrtel received a yellow but should have been red. Overall bias against Liverpool 62%. With Liverpool with ten men for 38 minutes United would have won more easily (no change)
Chris Foy – Tottenham v United 20/01/2013 Score 1 – 1
Key decisions – Minute 19 Parker should have been booked for diving. Minute 52 Parker should have had a second yellow card for diving he therefore should have been sent off. Minute 62 United should have been awarded a penalty. The overall bias against United (YES AGAINST UNITED) was 78%. With a non given penalty and against ten men Unites would probably have won (+2 points).
Kevin Friend – Fulham v United 02/02/2013 Score 0 – 1
Key decisions – two correct yellow cards one for each team. Mr Friend had an excellent game with only four minor wrong calls all game (but they were all against Fulham) (no change)
Mark Halsey – United v Everton 10/02/2013 Score 2 – 0
Key decisions – Minute 39 Rooney should have been booked for abusive language at the assistant referee. Bias against Everton 100% (but not many decisions in total). (no change)
So in the 21 games reviewed was there a bias in favour of United? – Yes. Was it significant? – yes. Did they benefit in terms of the points awarded? – almost certainly yes to the tune of ten points or so. Did they receive benefit in the small fouls? – yes in all but four games. Should they have had players sent off? – Definitely, RVP three times, Scholes twice, Evans, Cleverley, Ferdinand and Valencia; between them 19 matches worth of bans. Has a team ‘got one over on them’? – Yes Tottenham with a win and a draw which should both have been losses.
One final conundrum – how long will Anthony Taylor have to wait for another United game having had the temerity to make no refereeing mistakes at all in the United loss to Norwich.
Arsenal v Man U:
The most detailed study of Premier League Refs ever:The referees 2013.
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- Making the Arsenal – how the modern Arsenal was born in 1910
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal FC: crowd behaviour at the early matches
The sites from the same team…
- Referee Decisions – just what are the refs up to this season?
- The Arsenal History Blog from the AISA Arsenal History Society