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Manchester United And City Fans React Furiously As Referee Announced For Derby

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will go head-to-head once again this weekend
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will go head-to-head once again this weekend

The referee announcement for the much-awaited Manchester Derby has not be greeted with much enthusiasm from one side of the city.

Anthony Taylor will officiate his first ever Premier League meeting between the two English giants of Manchester City and Manchester United, and this was not sat well with a good portion of Cityzens.

@1894Group_MCFC challenged his club ‘ to challenge this’ with @HLTCO handing out the condemning dubious accusation that,

'Anthony Taylor (born in Wythenshawe, Manchester with a family full of Manchester United fans) has been selected to officiate the Manchester derby.’

Taylor is known to be an ardent fan of National League North side Altrincham FC, regularly attending games at Moss Lane. In his past two of three appointments in officiating City league games, Man City have comfortably seen off Watford 6-0 and Swansea 4-0.

However, last season he oversaw City’s 1-0 loss to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup which make have still left a bitter taste in Blue mouths.

@RCorless33 had a more tempered approach to the decision for Taylor to referee,

‘Anthony Taylor doesn’t support United guys. It’s purely coincidence. Honestly, you conspiracy theorists. I’m sure he’ll have a cracking game on Sunday and not make any hugely controversial decisions.’

Whilst Manchester City fans are plagued with the feeling that they have been somewhat hard-done by have taken to social media in droves to denounce that Taylor will be the man in charge for their most vital fixture. @xaimeepippa was, 

‘not even surprised that anthony taylor is officiating the derby.. just the usual perks of supporting a team who everyone has a personal vendetta against.'

This comes amidst the backdrop of a peculiar time for the Cityzens. Though they are playing the same sizzling football that is leaving pundits and supporters all doe-eyed, their club is embroiled with revealing accusations regarding their finances by Sheikh Mansour and the Abu Dhabi groups bottomless pockets.

According to the official Premier League profile, Taylor has refereed over 200 games and has delivered over 200 yellow cards, as well as handed 30 dismissals.

In what is no doubt surely to be a feisty encounter at the Etihad this Sunday, Taylor may well be expecting to hand out a few more.

The last match between the two saw United make a startling comeback from 2-0 down to win the game 3-2.

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