Referee for Manchester United game confirmed

13/09/2016 17:00

The referee for this weekend's home fixture against Manchester United has been confirmed by the Premier League.

The match, which will be televised on BT Sport at 12pm on Sunday, will be refereed by Michael Oliver from Northumberland.

Oliver took charge of the Hornets four times last season, two of which ending in wins for the Golden Boys. He  was the man-in-the-middle for Watford's wins over Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion last season and he also took charge of the Hornets' 1-1 draw with Bournemouth and the 1-0 defeat to Swansea.

In those four games he awarded the opposition three penalties, all of which were saved by Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

As well as the above, Oliver was also the referee for Watford's thrilling 3-1 play-off-semi-final victory over Leicester City back in May 2013, when Watford scored a last minute winner through Troy Deeney following a quick free-flowing counter attack after Anthony Knockaert's penalty was saved by Manuel Almunia.

Despite being just 31, Oliver is one of the most experienced referees in the top flight, having taken charge of matches in the Premier League for the past six years.

This season he has refereed three matches and has handed out 15 yellow cards.

For the full appointment please see below:

Watford vs Manchester United

Referee - Michael Oliver

(Picture - Premier League)

Linesman - Adam Nunn and Michael McDonough.

Fourth Official - Stuart Attwell