The Premier League have confirmed the match officials for the upcoming clash between Manchester United and Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
With five wins in their last six, Erik ten Hag’s side could begin to start threatening the top four with another win.
However, they are facing a Newcastle side that embarrassed them in the Carabao Cup last month, with a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford to knock United out of the competition they won last term.
Eddie Howe’s team are in a similar position to United in terms of injury problems, which has led to a slight drop-off in results. Yet, The Magpies remain with an excellent home record with six wins out of seven games in the Premier League.
It will be a difficult task for Ten Hag and his team to get a positive result out of the clash.
The full match officials list for the encounter can be read below:
Robert Jones will be leading the game at St James’ Park and has only officiated one United fixture so far this term – the loss against Newcastle in the Carabao Cup.
He brandishes an average of five yellow cards per game this season and has shown three red cards in Premier League fixtures since the beginning of the campaign.
It will be Lee Betts and Timothy Wood flanking Jones on the day. The pair have assisted 335 Premier League fixtures between them, with Woods set to hold the flag in just his 82nd top-flight fixture.
Video Assistant Referees (VAR)
Those in the all-important VAR positions will be Michael Salisbury, with Ian Hussin as his assistant. Salisbury was at the centre of the latest controversy as match referee when Wolves were unfortunate with VAR decisions last week, with the referee admitting to Gary O’Neill that one penalty decision was wrong after the game.
With Ten Hag returning to the touchline after serving his one-game suspension against Everton, Graham Scott is the man in between the Dutchman and Howe to ensure things go smoothly in the technical areas.
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