Michael Oliver: Did the referee have a good game as Arsenal beat Manchester United? It depends who you ask...

The referee received mixed reviews after the United-Arsenal match

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Referee Michael Oliver's performance was polarising last night.

The 30-year-old was either 'perfect' and the 'real man of the match' as Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-1 to reach the semi-final of the FA Cup, or a 'joke' who cost Louis van Gaal's team their last chance at a trophy this season.

Pundits and neutrals (and Arsenal fans, obviously) roundly applauded the way he refereed at Old Trafford, a game that saw him send off Angel Di Maria after the British record signing dived and then tugged his shirt.

Oliver also made correct decisions when he decided not to give Arsenal a penalty for a tug on Danny Welbeck, to not send Marcos Rojo off for a bad foul on Santi Cazorla and for booking Adnan Januzaj for diving.

He made one contentious decision, when he decided not to book Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin for a foul on Ashley Young; the Spaniard had already been booked and would've been sent off, while his decision not to send Joe Hart earlier this season - when the Manchester City goalkeeper appeared to push his head towards Oliver - was also called into question.  di-maria.jpg

However, despite his all-round excellence, that has not stopped some supporters (mostly Manchester United fans, obviously) from criticising him.

One even went as far as changing his Wikipedia page...



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