Earlier this week it was announced that Mark Clattenburg would be the referee in charge of this weekend’s Manchester Derby at Old Trafford.
While Clattenburg has been in charge of a host of big games over the years – including most recently the Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal – the news was met with less than positives reactions from Manchester City fans.
It has long been a belief of certain sectors of the City faithful that the English referee is more than just a bad omen for them and their results, and that the man who was in charge of last year’s Champion’s League final is less than favourable towards the Sky Blues, especially when they are facing the side he ‘supports’ – according to his Facebook page anyway – Manchester United.
City have had a mixed record with Clattenburg on the pitch, while on the other hand, United seem to flourish under the Englishman, as the Red Devil’s were undefeated in during the five fixtures of their’s Clattenburg was in charge of last season.
We’ve taken to Twitter to find the best reactions to the news of Mark Clattenburg’s appointment…
Mark Clattenburg has to now wear long sleeved shirts when reffing to hide his tattoo's. Here's what he's hiding. pic.twitter.com/UQeQjVoerf
— GREG ???? (@calsop1985) August 23, 2016
Mark Clattenburg has handed out 19 yellows & 1 red card in 4 Manchester derbies.
He's in charge this weekend. pic.twitter.com/xaFgNfY7Si
— AccaTracker App (@AccaTrackerTM) September 8, 2016
— AngryKlopp (@Angry_Klopp) September 5, 2016
Sergio Aguero banned;
Mark Clattenburg to referee the match;
Pep Guardiola: pic.twitter.com/IcPv70xlE8
— Football Expose (@FootballExpose) September 5, 2016
— Walter Smith (@mancitysmith) September 5, 2016
BREAKING: Mark Clattenburg will referee the Manchester Derby!
Everyone lumping on United to win then? pic.twitter.com/lLxoRTdoEx
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) September 5, 2016
When you find out that you're refereeing the Manchester derby this week https://t.co/CF1vtQBDp1
— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) September 5, 2016