Mike Dean will take charge of Chelsea and Manchester United’s Premier League meeting on Saturday.
Dean refereed United’s 2-1 September win at Watford, where he sent off Nemanja Matic, and presided over Chelsea’s goalless draw with West Ham the following week. Dean has also sent off Leicester striker Jamie Vardy and Cardiff’s Joe Ralls this season.
Wirral referee Dean, 50, is arguably the most unpopular in the Premier League due to his ostentatious style and ability to antagonise supporters of just about every club.
He refereed three United games last season; the 4-0 stroll against Crystal Palace, their 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Bristol City and slender win at Burnley.
Dean officiated United’s 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in April 2015 when he booked Ander Herrera for simulation in the second-half.
He has previously dismissed Juan Mata in a 2016 loss at West Brom, Fabio da Silva in the 2014 FA Cup elimination by Swansea, Paul Scholes in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final and Rafael da Silva in a goalless draw with Tottenham earlier that year.
Although those four red cards were hardly contestable, Dean courted controversy with United in the 2009-10 season when he agreed to award Portsmouth a penalty at Fratton Park that mystified the crowd.
Later that campaign, he erroneously awarded Manchester City a penalty in the first-half and a corner in the second which led to their goals in the 2-1 League Cup semi-final first leg victory.
Dean also allowed an offside Didier Drogba goal to stand in Chelsea’s crucial April 2010 win at Old Trafford. Linesman Simon Beck failed to raise his flag.
In 2008, Sir Alex Ferguson received a £10,000 fine and a two-match touchline ban for berating Dean after the 4-3 triumph over Hull.
Ferguson was furious that Dean did not send off Hull defender Andy Turner with United 4-1 up.