Michael Oliver appointed by Premier League to referee Manchester derby

Michael Oliver will take charge of this weekend's Manchester derby, the Premier League has confirmed.

The 32-year-old will officiate when Manchester United and Manchester City go head-to-head at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Oliver has taken charge of the fixture three times, refereeing City's 3-0 win at Old Trafford in March 2014 and their 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium in November 2014, during which he sent off Chris Smalling for collecting two yellow cards before half-time.

He also officiated United's 1-0 success at the Etihad Stadium in March 2016 when Marcus Rashford got the winner.

Last season, Oliver was criticised by United manager Jose Mourinho after he sent off Ander Herrera during a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.

He refereed United's 2-0 win over Leicester and City's 2-0 win at Brighton in August, while he was also in charge for the latter's 3-1 win over Arsenal in November.

Pep Guardiola's City side have opened up an eight-point gap at the top of the Premier League table ahead of the derby, with United sitting in second.

City have won their last 13 Premier League games -- equalling the record for a single season -- but United have not been beaten at home for more than a year.

City are the last team to win at Old Trafford after a 2-1 victory in September 2016.