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Clattenburg to referee crunch Manchester derby



Clattenburg to referee crunch Manchester derby

Mark Clattenburg has been handed the whistle for the crunch Premier League derby between Manchester United and Manchester City on Saturday.

Following his impressive finish to last season – in which he took charge of the FA Cup final, Champions League final and Euro 2016 final – the 41-year-old has been given the reigns to the biggest clash of the season so far.

Mike Dean will be the man tasked with keeping Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in order as the fourth official at Old Trafford.

Clattenburg refereed United five times last season, with the Old Trafford outfit winning three and drawing two of those matches.

While in charge of City in the Premier League last term, Clattenburg oversaw one win, one draw and one loss – the latter coming against Tottenham at the Etihad.

The Newcastle-born referee has twice refereed the Manchester derby in the past two seasons, both of which took place at Old Trafford in 2015.

In April, at the end of the 2014-15 season, Manchester United ran out 4-2 winners, and Clattenburg dished out three yellow cards – all to City players, as they committed 16 fouls to United’s nine.

In the most recent fixture between the two sides at Old Trafford, in October 2015, Clattenburg refereed a 0-0, handing two yellow cards to each team.

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