Mike Dean Refs Manchester United Game

Last updated : 31 January 2007 By Gary Holmes

The Wirral born official last took charge of Watford during their narrow home defeat to Arsenal on Boxing Day, a game that saw Damien Francis enter the referee's notebook for unsporting behaviour and Lloyd Doyley for dissent.

Prior to that match, Dean had officiated in Watford's televised goalless home draw with Aston Villa back in September, and the 38-year-old also took charge of the Golden Boys never to be forgotten Coca-Cola Championship Play-off Final triumph over Leeds United at the Millennium Stadium at the end of last season, awarding a penalty, converted by Darius Henderson six minutes from time to seal victory following a foul by Shaun Derry on Marlon King.

The well respected Dean has also officiated in two games involving opponents Manchester United this season, coincidently both of them at Old Trafford, a two goal home success over Newcastle United at the beginning of October, during which Paul Scholes was yellow carded, and more recently a 3-0 triumph over Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth on November 4 2006.

Dean has been a member of the Premiership panel since 2000, enjoying a meteoric rise up the ranks after joining the Football League as assistant in 1997. Also on the Fifa referee's list, Dean has refereed many important matches in his career including the 2004 FA Community Shield.

Mr. Dean will be joined by Mr. R. Burton and Mr. R. Martin as his assistants at Old Trafford.

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