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Man Utd news includes the appointment of the referee for the Manchester derby vs City at the Etihad Stadium.

Man city vs Man U

Man city vs Man U

Martin Atkinson will take charge of the Manchester derby.

Manchester United travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on City on Thursday night, and can leapfrog their neighbours in the chase for the top four with victory.

And Atkinson, who has refereed three United fixtures so far this season, will be the man in the middle for the crucial Premier League clash.

Neil Swarbrick is the fourth official.

 



Atkinson took charge of United’s FA Cup win at Blackburn and the home victory over Sunderland on Boxing Day, but aroused United fans’ ire when he failed to send off David Luiz for a high boot on Marouane Fellaini during the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford BridgeSir Alex Ferguson slammed Atkinson’s performance at Chelsea in 2011, claiming it was the third consecutive time that refereeing decisions had cost United against their London rivals.

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Speaking after Atkinson again failed to send off David Luiz, he said: “You hope you get a really strong referee in games like this“It was a major game for both clubs and you want a fair referee. You want a strong referee anyway and we didn’t get that.

 

“I don’t know why he’s got the game. I must say that when I saw who was refereeing it, I feared the worst.”

However, he was the referee for both Manchester derby victories in 2009/10 which were both won in stoppage time – the first by Michael Owen in a 4-3 thriller at Old Trafford, and the return by Paul Scholes with a stoppage time header.

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He also reffed the 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium in 2012, when Robin van Persie’s last-minute free kick secured all three points in the Dutchman’s first Manchester derby.



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