Liverpool. Manchester United

Why preview United at Anfield? It’s all about the ref

Referee Martin Atkinson proved it once and for all on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge. Forget the vastly experienced managers, the highly paid talented footballers. Matches AND Premierships are decided by little tin gods with the simple ability to blow a whistle. So what’s the point of even attempting to preview a game? It’s a complete waste of time because all logic goes out the window once the man holding all the cards decides that he has a God given right to settle the outcome of a game. Does it sound as though I’m still angry about Manchester United’s defeat at Chelsea? Bloody oath I am. Why shouldn’t I be when even opposition players, manager and former referees admit that some of Atkinson’s most critical decisions completely dudded United?

Why preview United at Anfield? It's all about the ref

Referee Martin Atkinson proved it once and for all on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge. Forget the vastly experienced managers, the highly paid talented footballers. Matches AND Premierships are decided by little tin gods with the simple ability to blow a whistle. So what’s the point of even attempting to preview a game? It’s a complete waste of time because all logic goes out the window once the man holding all the cards decides that he has a God given right to settle the outcome of a game. Does it sound as though I’m still angry about Manchester United’s defeat at Chelsea? Bloody oath I am. Why shouldn’t I be when even opposition players, manager and former referees admit that some of Atkinson’s most critical decisions completely dudded United?