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Premier League confirm Manchester United referee for Brighton clash with Rasmus Højlund happy



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The Premier League have confirmed who will officiate Brighton against Manchester United during the final fixture of the domestic league season.

Manchester United secured a thrilling 3-2 victory over Newcastle United in their last home match of the season. Now, they gear up for their final Premier League fixture away to Brighton.

In the earlier encounter at Old Trafford, Brighton handed United a humbling 3-1 defeat, denting Erik ten Hag‘s side’s confidence at the time.

However, buoyed by their recent win against Newcastle and with the FA Cup final on the horizon, the club is approaching its last league game of the season with a palpable sense of optimism.

The Premier League have confirmed who will officiate the fixture.

Confirmed officials

Craig Pawson (pictured below) will referee on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford. Pawson has officiated just one Manchester United fixture this season, a 3-2 win against Aston Villa, in which Rasmus Højlund grabbed his first Premier League goal – there is no doubt Højlund will be happy to see Pawson again.

For Brighton, Pawson has officiated the south coast club twice – once during a 3-2 loss against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and a 0-0 stalemate with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Amex Stadium.

Marc Perry and Steve Meredith will be on the sidelines, acting as Pawson’s assistant referees during the game. Oliver Langford has been handed the fourth official job, separating Erik ten Hag and Roberto De Zerbi on Sunday afternoon.

Tom Bramall has been handed the video assistant referee job, with whom Eddie Smart will assist. Smart was also the assistant VAR official for United’s win over Newcastle earlier this week.