Manchester United fans fume as Michael Oliver named referee for Liverpool clash

Manchester United supporters are not happy that Michael Oliver has been selected to referee Sunday’s Premier League showdown against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

This season, the Merseyside outfit won all four games that Oliver has officiated, and United fans have noticed.

Plenty of them took to Twitter to bemoan the appointment, worrying that they do not have a chance with Oliver overseeing proceedings.

Jurgen Klopp’s men defeated Arsenal, Watford and Stoke City with the referee in charge, and they also sealed a 2-1 triumph over Swansea City thanks to a late penalty from James Milner.

In the 2015-16 season, though, United were on the winning side when Oliver officiated a 3-1 victory over Liverpool, which included a spot-kick for the Red Devils.

The fixture between the two enemies earlier this season at Anfield ended in a drab 0-0 draw, but in these meetings, the tense rivalry between fans can sometimes seep into the teams, sparking clashes between players.

Oliver has not brandished many red cards in the campaign so far. In fact, he has only sent one player off and that was Bournemouth defender Simon Francis in last week’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal.

In 22 games that he has overseen, Oliver has issued 70 yellow cards.

 


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