Manchester United will host Chelsea on Thursday evening at Old Trafford following United’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal, which has all but squashed their chances of a top four finish in the Premier League. Mike Dean has been confirmed as the man in charge for this battle between Thomas Tuchel and Ralf Rangnick’s sides.
With Chelsea comfortably in third place, the encounter will be yet another difficult one for the Reds after back-to-back losses against Mikel Arteta’s side and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Injury troubles in the United camp could lead to some younger faces appearing against the Blues. However, Rangnick has stressed that he does not want to push those players into these situations before they are ready.
With the reverse fixture ending in a 1-1 stalemate at Stamford Bridge, United have showed that they can compete with this Chelsea side, despite it being a very poor season.
With the Premier League confirming the match officials for this encounter, we look into who will be in charge for this mid-week exchange.
Mike Dean will be running this tie between the two English giants. It will be the 84th Manchester United game that the 54-year-old has led in his career which will be coming to an end once the season concludes. The most games he has refereed of a single club in his time with the whistle.
United have won 44 of those encounters, with Dean brandishing 147 yellow cards across the years when officiating games involving the Red Devils.
It will be the Heswall-born referee’s 556th Premier League game. His last United fixture came in February, where Rangnick’s side drew 1-1 with relegation threatened Burnley.
Flanking the experienced Dean will be Ian Hussin and Darren Cann who have assisted 392 English top-flight fixtures between them.
Video Assistant Referees (VAR)
John Brooks will be the video assistant referee at Stockley Park for this fixture. He was the man in charge for last years FA Youth Cup final between Aston Villa and Liverpool; United will be participating this time around with the final against Nottingham Forest being played at Old Trafford on the 11th of May.
He will be joined by his assistant on the evening, Timothy Wood.
Robert Jones will be on the as the fourth official at Old Trafford on Thursday.