World Cup final referee Howard Webb will take charge of Manchester United’s greatly awaited home clash with old foes Liverpool this Sunday.
The country’s highest-rated official is often the target of abuse from supporters who accuse him of favouring the 12-time Premier League winners.
And with the South Yorkshire-man receiving the nod from the FA to officiate the high-tempered affair, fans have already began bemoaning the decision.
During a recent FA Cup tie between the clubs, Webb sent off Steven Gerrard and saw ex-Liverpool striker Ryan Babel receive the FA’s first fine for comments made on Twitter.
The Dutchman posted a picture of Webb in a United shirt and said: “And they call him one of the best referees? That’s a joke. #SMH [shaking my head].”
He was slapped with a £10,000 fine after pleading guilty to a charge of improper conduct.
Fans of both Liverpool and derby rivals Manchester City often chant mocking songs about Webb and United.
Sir Alex Ferguon’s men host Liverpool on Sunday and will have the opportunity to do the double of their North West opponents as well as going ten points clear of City – who travel to Arsenal in the day’s tea time kick-off.