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Chris Kavanagh to take charge at Old Trafford on Monday night

The Match Officials have been confirmed for our trip to Manchester United

29 April 2022

We head to Old Trafford on Monday for a Bank Holiday clash with Manchester United. Following last night's draw with Chelsea, The Red Devils sit sixth in the table, five points off the Champions League spots with just three to play. Find out more about Monday's Match Officials below.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett and Harry Lennard

Fourth Official: David Coote

VAR: Paul Tierney

Additional VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis

Chris Kavanagh became a Select Group 1 referee for the 2017/18 season after working his way up the football pyramid.

The Manchester-born referee started officiating in 1998 as a 13-year-old, plying his trade in local football, before being promoted to take charge of matches in the National League in 2012.

Kavanagh refereed in the Football League regularly from the 2014/15 season and in 2016/17 he was the man in the middle on 27 occassions for the EFL Championship campaign.

Prior to his promotion to Select Group 1 status, Kavanagh made his Premier League debut in April 2017 as West Bromwich Albion lost to Southampton 1-0 at The Hawthorns, while he had been fourth official in the top flight on a number of occasions.

This will be the ninth time Kavanagh has taken charge of a Brentford game. We won our first match under the Lancashire Official, a 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town in March 2015, and our two most-recent games, the 2020 Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg against Swansea and last May's Wembley Play-Off Final, also against the Welsh side. In total, we have won three and drawn one of Kavanagh's eight games in charge. 

This season, Kavanagh has shown 86 yellow cards and three reds in 23 domestic and European matches.

Manchester United 2021/22

361 fouls – 4th in Premier League

68 yellow cards – 6th in Premier League

2 red cards – 4th in Premier League

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