Referee Andre Marriner to take charge of Liverpool's clash with Manchester United

The unbeaten 19-time English champions travel to take on their most bitter rivals at Anfield in a Saturday lunchtime kick-off where fireworks are expected to fly
Andre Marriner has been selected to be the referee for this weekend's clash between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield.

Marriner last officiated the fixture in 2009, when goals from Fernando Torres and David N'Gog gave the home side a 2-0 victory.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was incensed by the officials decision-making on the day, with Marriner sending off United defender Nemanja Vidic (he also sent off the then-Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano) and not awarding a late penalty to Michael Owen, and his overall performance drew criticism from Ferguson, who felt the crowd influenced the referee.

"It is very difficult atmosphere here [Anfield]." said Ferguson.

"There was a wounded animal aspect to the game and it was something we did not overcome.

"I think it affected our players and it affected the referee. There were so many controversial things that happened we have to feel aggrieved at some of them."

In more recent times, Marriner sent off defender Jonny Evans for his reckless challenge on Stuart Holden in the match against Bolton at Old Trafford towards the end of last season.

Marriner is expected to be under fierce scrutiny, with Kenny Dalglish having already been vocal in his criticism of the standard refereeing in the Premier League so far this season.