Andre Marriner has been named as the referee for our opening game against Manchester City. Here’s our lowdown on the man from Birmingham
From 37 games, Marriner issued a total of 115 yellow cards, averaging 3.1 bookings per game. He also gave 10 players a red card, including Paul Scholes during Manchester United’s visit to White Hart Lane.
Steven Gerrard allegedly flicked Marriner a V-sign last season, though as the LIverpool midfielder cuts an increasingly agitated figure, maybe it says more about him than the ref.
Alex Ferguson slagged off Marriner last season, cricising the sending off of Nemanja Vidic for United against Liverpool and claiming that Jamie Carragher should have been sent off. Fergie accused Marriner of being influenced by the Anfield crowd, but it has to be said that there seems to be few refs that Ferguson doesn’t hate.
Grudge Against Spurs?
Marriner booked eight players when we travelled to Everton in 09/10 (four from each side), but didn’t cause much in the way of controversy when refereeing us last season. Even the two penalties that he awarded United at Old Trafford were legit, so it appears that there is no beef from Marriner against the mighty Spurs.