- Tom Cayless
Michael Oliver appointed as referee for Manchester City vs Manchester United
After the final international break before the World Cup, Manchester City are back in Premier League action as they host local rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in this Sunday's 14:00 (BST) kick-off.
Not a stranger to a Manchester derby, Oliver officiated both Manchester derbies last season, which the Blues won 0-2 and 4-1, respectively, both in dominating fashion.
A good omen for the Premier League champions, City have an impressive record with Oliver in charge, winning 36 out of 48 games, drawing four and losing eight – a win percentage of 75%. On the other hand, United have a poor record with Oliver as a referee – a dismal win percentage of just 38%.
Oliver has refereed Pep Guardiola's side just once this season – the opening 0-2 victory away at West Ham, where he awarded City a penalty after Lukas Fabianski brought down Erling Haaland inside his area.
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: Stuart Burt & Simon Bennett
Fourth Official: David Coote
VAR: Paul Tierney
Assistant VAR: Adrian Holmes
Written by: @TomCayless_
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