Date: 21st September 2021 at 7:40pm
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With Aston Villa fans relishing another opportunity to go up against Chelsea this midweek as we face them in the next round of the EFL Cup, there’s also the small matter of our weekend clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

With plenty of changes expected by both sides on Wednesday evening, optimism for Saturday has definitely been dented by the news that the loveable and regularly competent, Mike Dean, has somewhat predictably been placed in charge of the game.

The news gets better with Andy Madley in charge of the Video (give it to United) Assistant Referee.

Vital Villa’s Manchester United Match Thread

With memories of Bruno Fernandes assaulting Ezri Konsa and Paul Pogba tripping himself up, yet both being awarded as penalties, Villans have had a very understandable reaction to the appointments.

Our resident Referee expert, sirdennis, sums it up nicely – and he’s far from alone.

“Well I get up this morning full of energy and optimism and within one post that took seconds to read, it has all been drained out of me. May as well give them the game now. I can just see Dean and Ronaldo walking out the tunnel holding hands. Nothing more certain there will be a penalty to them for a theatrical Ronaldo tumble.”

Obligated Penalty Incoming?

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As we go into the game, United are yet to be awarded a penalty in the 2021/22 campaign and you just know that little stat won’t exist by the time the final whistle is blown.

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