Controversy? Ref who gave Ramires pen to officiate United v Arsenal

Manchester United Old Trafford

The man who gave Chelsea a questionable penalty is also the fourth official for Manchester United's home game against the Gunners.

Arsenal and Manchester United fans may be nervous ahead of today's match at Old Trafford as the fourth official selected for the 16:10 kick-off is none other than Andre Marriner, the man involved in Saturday's most controversial incident; the awarding of a penalty for a minor collision between West Bromwich Albion's Steven Reid and Chelsea's Ramires which resulted in an added time conversion from Eden Hazard and two points dropped for the Baggies.

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Video evidence suggests the penalty was incredibly soft, if not completely questionable, as the BBC even described the 94th minute challenge as 'a relatively innocuous coming-together'. Marriner, though, will have no time off as he will be thrust back in to work the weekend's marquee fixture - the reigning Premier League champions against the current division leaders.

The last time Arsenal competed against United at Old Trafford they returned to London empty-handed as the Red Devils secured a 2-1 victory courtesy of goals from Robin van Persie and Patrice Evra, with Santi Cazorla scoring a 95th minute consolation.

Arsenal have never scored a penalty at Old Trafford in the Premier League era. Manchester United, meanwhile, have converted three (an average of 0.16 per match in Manchester).

Arsenal and Manchester United fans… are you nervous with Marriner potentially having an influence today? Or will the added spotlight on him ensure a greater performance on his behalf? Let us know in the comment section below.

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