Man City vs Man Utd: Referee confirmed for fixture, plus his track record in Manchester derbies

Michael Oliver will take charge of his seventh Manchester derby.

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Michael Oliver has been confirmed as the referee for Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

The official has taken charge of one respective Manchester City and Manchester United match this campaign: the latter’s 2-1 win over Liverpool last month and City’s opening weekend victory over West Ham United.

Sunday will be Oliver’s seventh Manchester derby, the first coming in 2014 when United lost 3-0 during the brief David Moyes era at Old Trafford.

The 37-year-old was also the man in the middle for both derbies last season, with City doing the double over United thanks to a 2-0 win at Old Trafford and 4-1 home victory.

From Oliver’s six previous derbies, the Blues have emerged victorious on five occasions compared to United’s solitary win - that came in March 2016 when Marcus Rashford netted the only goal of the game.

Michael Oliver. Credit: Getty.Michael Oliver. Credit: Getty.
Michael Oliver. Credit: Getty.

Oliver has only shown one previous red card in this fixture, with Chris Smalling given his marching orders during a 1-0 City win in November 2014.

He’ll be assisted at the Etihad by Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett on Sunday, with David Coote set to assume the role of fourth official. From their Stockley Park base, Paul Tierney and Adrian Holmes will oversee VAR.

Oliver’s full Manchester derby history

United 0-3 City (Dzeko 2, Toure) 25/04/14

City 1-0 United (Aguero) 02/11/14

City 0-1 United (Rashford) 20/03/16

United 1-2 City (Rashford/ D.Silva, Otamendi) 10/12/17

United 0-2 City (Bailly og, B.Silva) 06/11/21

City 4-1 United (De Bruyne 2, Mahrez 2/ Sancho) 06/03/22

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