Premier League: Full implications of Man United Bias


The decisions given against Chelsea in this weekend’s game may be viewed by many people as a mere co-incidence and that it was honest mistakes on the part of the officials. Moreover, conversations will centre on, “accepting the referee’s decisions in the true spirit of sportsmanship”. This appears to be what being English is all about but it has played into the hands of blatant cheats and those who favour Manchester United sub-consciously.

If anyone has read some of my previous articles, then it puts what happened on Sunday at Stamford Bridge into clear perspective. The question that needs to be asked is why the controversy revolves around questionable decision that go in Manchester United’s favour Manchester United are never the victims of poor decisions. The decision will continue to pour in Manchester United’s favour so long as spineless governing bodies are not prepared to address the root of the problem.

To spell it out again, Manchester United is the Premier League’s number one product to maximise world-wide revenue in the form of television and other commercial rights therefore the success of the Premiership brand hinges on their number one product, with the largest following in the world, being successful. If Manchester United fails, then the international appeal of the Premier League will be lost. As a result of billions of pounds being at stake, the administrators are prepared to live with this evil. The cliché that it is all about money rings true.

If any team wishes to compete with Manchester United on an equal footing, they can forget doing so because a minimum allowance of ten points has to be built into the equation to offset so called poor refereeing making a generous contribution to the United cause.

On Sunday, it certainly was not the “invisible man” who scored Manchester United’s third goal from an off-side position. Even with ten against eleven, the only likely winner appeared to be Chelsea as was evident by their domination, but the referee ensured that there would be no Chelsea victory. Many respected journalists described this as the worst display by a referee in Premier League history. If the official was unsure of the decision then he should have ruled accordingly.

United have had great teams in the past that have won titles on merit but they have not always had great teams yet with the interventions of officials, they have chalked up nineteen league titles. They are well below Chelsea and Manchester City at present but they have been kept in the frame by the goodwill of the officials. How long will other clubs accept this situation? Recently Roberto Martinez stated how hypocritical the officials are when it came to Manchester United. He was duly fined for telling the truth. That is the manner in which the league ensures that the voices of protest are stifled.

Another clear tactic employed by the officials is to give poor decisions against teams that pose a threat to Manchester United in those team’s own fixtures. Examples of this have been evident this year as seen through Crouch handling the ball for a goal for Stoke against Manchester City and Chelsea being denied two clear penalties in a drawn game. I have not even highlighted the fact that Manchester United score goals from corners that should have been goal kicks and other such decisions. Many people think that it is because of United’s superb defending at Old Trafford that penalties have not been awarded to visiting teams for so many years.

The perception is that the Premier League is a league of integrity and long may that be, but the reality is that unless these so called co-incidences are addressed people will start to ask more questions than there are answers given. United will continue to accrue undeserved points unless something is done to address this scourge. They are up against my beloved Arsenal this weekend at Old Trafford so I am hoping that we get treated fairly.

I think, considering that the spotlight is firmly on the officials and if they have two bad weeks in a row in favour of Man United, then that would be too much of a co-incidence we should receive unbiased decisions which would make a refreshing change.


Written by Goolam Rawat

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  1. sunshine

    October 30, 2012 at 23:34

    point of correction; united have never won the epl on merit for once. United dont produce players more than westham and arsenal, they only win matches with the help of refs. And u cant say ferg is the best manager in the epl, owing to the fact that he have spent 26 years with the club only 2 european awards. And remember his ist 7 to 8 years with united was trophyless.
    I rest my case

    • Gio

      October 31, 2012 at 09:25

      I am not a Man Utd fan, or a Fergie fan, but you sound ridiculous. He has ONLY won 2 Champs League medals. Why how many have Wenger or anyone else in the Prem League won??!! And they have never won the Epl on merit, not once!! I suggest you start watching a different sport as football doesn’t agree with you!

    • SB

      October 31, 2012 at 16:54

      Not sure what you mean by ‘European Awards’ but if you mean trophies, he’s actually won three. A couple of World Championships too.

  2. seb

    October 31, 2012 at 00:43

    I agree, but as an arsenal fan, you cant say much about bias refs after todays game against reading, not getting a clear second yellow and leveling in the 95th minute of 94, with no reason for the extra minute. its not just man u that get bias decisions, chelsea get their fair share, so do city. at some point every team may appear to have decisions go their way, the bigger teams get it more though.

  3. MF Mohamad

    October 31, 2012 at 02:46

    Have you taken into account that linesman vision might be block by Petr Cech for him to raise his flag?

    To me the goal was off-side. But I can say this because I saw it from different angle. Try see it from linesman field-of-view.

  4. nana

    October 31, 2012 at 07:51

    i bet u, united cannot stand any big team with eleven, eleven players, they can only win with red cards or penalties, as they did to livpool. They tried this with spurs n u know what happened. I don’t blame them, i fuck the FA. And they will never succeed cuz chelseas game has drawn attention to them.

  5. EngNor

    October 31, 2012 at 08:40

    Hey Goolam Goona, is that a spider in your trophy cabinet? COYS!

  6. Gio

    October 31, 2012 at 09:16

    The 3 most succesful teams in the PL Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal have all had help from the officials, which is one of the reasons they have been so succesful. Along with diving, cheating and doing whatever it takes to win, wether its within the rules or not. Take yesterdays game Arsenal v Reading for example. The referee cost Reading the match for allowing extra Fergie time as you may put it. Also Koscielny should have been sent off!!

  7. Mlungisi Daah Ncube

    October 31, 2012 at 10:50

    MAN UNITED is killing English football,they must do something for this issue….

  8. SB

    October 31, 2012 at 16:46

    Would you care to explain why this refereeing conspiracy allowed Manchester City to win the league on goal difference with an injury time winner on the last day of the season?

    Had the referee given two minutes of injury time and blown the whistle at 92 minutes, Manchester United would be champions right now.

    Do you honestly believe that the people organising this grand scheme were too stupid to figure that out?

    • My Heart Is White

      October 31, 2012 at 19:59

      Do you honestly believe that there’s no corruption in the epl? It’s very naive to think that everything is legitimate with our league. Let me tell you, where ever you find money you’ll find corruption! Pedo’s try to get jobs working with kids, bullies become coppers or traffic wardens, adrenaline junkies become stunt men & women and people who like money swindle. Everyday of your life you’re being swindled, by all the big companies, your local council, government, legal system, etc. Have a look yourself, don’t take it from me, every single council, police force, the whole legal system including the ministry of justice, the houses of parliament etc. are all registered trading companies with share holders, which means someone is making money out of every fine that’s paid, the council tax we pay and so we are literally being ripped off by our own government. That’s without all the cash for questions, expenses scandal and all the other dodgy acts of parliament. Have a look for these companies, you can find them on companies house. The trick is to work out what their trading names are. Believe it, wherever there is money there are scams!

  9. Euan

    November 13, 2012 at 19:58

    Saying united are never victims of poor decisions is bullshi*