Referee confirmed for Manchester Uniteds opening Premier League fixture vs Leeds United – Manchester Evening News


Paul Tierney will referee this weekend’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and Leeds United at Old Trafford, it has been confirmed.

The Premier League have confirmed the appointments for match officials for the first weekend of the season and Tierney has been given the task of overseeing, arguably, the most hyped-up fixture of the opening round.

The Lancashire-based whistle-blower is not stranger to having taken centre stage in big matches recently, refereeing Saturday’s FA Community Shield tussle between Leicester City and Manchester City at Wembley, and was under a sense of scrutiny for his decision to hand Leicester a late penalty that secured them a 1-0 win.

Last season, Tierney took charge of 26 games in total, with 21 of them being in the Premier League. Of the 21 Premier League fixtures he took charge of, the 40-year-old produced 83 yellow cards and and three red cards.

Tierney took charge of four United fixtures last season, the last one being the 3-1 victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford back in February, as goals from Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes sealed a comfortable win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Born in Wigan, Tierney has taken charge of 16 United matches during his career in all competitions. Of those 16 that he has been in charge of, United, who signed off their pre-season campaign with a comfortable 4-0 win over Everton on Saturday, have won nine of them, drawing four times and losing three.

Tierney will be assisted by Constantine Hatzidakis and Neil Davies. Anthony Taylor has been appointed as the fourth official and Chris Kavanagh is on VAR duty.

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