Howard Webb to referee potential Premier League decider between Manchester United & Chelsea

Man who took charge of World Cup final is set to officiate this weekend's crunch clash at the top of the table, where a win for Carlo Ancelotti's side would put them ahead
Howard Webb has been appointed as the referee for the blockbuster game between Manchester United and Chelsea.

The Blues are only three points behind the league leaders in the title race after Sir Alex Ferguson's men lost to Arsenal while Carlo Ancelotti's charges beat Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Now with equal goal difference, the winner of the game between the two sides will go top with just two games to go.

Ferguson has previously taken a pop at Chelsea for benefitting from officiating errors during their victory over Spurs, and also was hit with a five-game touchline ban for comments made about referee Martin Atkinson after United's controversial defeat at Stamford Bridge in March.

Webb was the man in charge during the World Cup final in South Africa, where Spain beat the Netherlands in a game that saw 14 yellow cards and one red shown.

The 39-year-old also received some criticism following an FA Cup game between Liverpool and United in January, where he award a controversial penalty to the Red Devils after Dimitar Berbatov tumbled in the box and sent off Steven Gerrard.

Webb will be assisted by Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey, who ran the touchlines in the World Cup final.

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