Mike Dean will take charge of on-the-field matters when Manchester City return to Carabao Cup action, with the first-leg of the double-header against local rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Manchester City will be looking to retain their Carabao Cup title for the second consecutive campaign, after coming out as champions in the previous two seasons. For Pep Guardiola and his players, the League Cup is a chance to gain some much-needed confidence going into the crucial latter stages of the regular campaign.
Mike Dean (51) will be the man in the middle at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, supported by Ian Hussin and Darren Cann as assistant referees. Touchline matters have been affiliated to Lee Mason.
Dean will be taking charge of his 72nd match involving Manchester City, since his first appearance in a game involving the blues in November 2000. The Wirrall-born match official’s most recent game involving the current holders was the 3-1 victory against Leicester City at the end of December in the Premier League.
As for the Video Assistant Referees, they will be manned by Kevin Friend (VAR) and Stephen Child (Assistant VAR).
Match referee Dean will take charge of his 26th League Cup fixture when Manchester City take on Manchester United. So far, Dean has handed out 75 yellow cards in his previous 25 matches in the competition, awarding six penalties but never dismissing a player.
Mike Dean was in fact the referee the last time these two sides faced off in a League Cup Semi-Final first-leg in January 2010 – a game that saw City come out on top through a Carlos Tevez brace.
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