Paul Tierney confirmed as referee for first meeting between Man City and Manchester United in FA Cup final
The Football Association (FA) have confirmed their officials for the upcoming FA Cup final between Manchester City and Manchester United.
For the first time in the history of the game’s oldest cup competition, the final will be contested by the two Manchester clubs.
United face the ominous prospect of rivals City matching perhaps the greatest achievement in the club’s history by sealing a treble.
Pep Guardiola’s side are just one win away from winning a fifth Premier League title in six years and becoming the first team since Sir Alex Ferguson’s side of 2006-2009 to win it on three consecutive occasions.
City play Real Madrid for a place in the Champions League final on Wednesday night and would be strong favourites to topple Inter Milan in Istanbul should they reach it.
United have already ended their longest trophy drought in 40 years by winning the Carabao Cup in February.
The FA have now confirmed Paul Tierney will oversee the game at Wembley on Saturday June 3, with David Coote on VAR duty.
“With Manchester City taking on Manchester United in the Final for the first time, it’s fitting that a Lancashire-based official from Wigan will lead the team of officials to oversee the game,” read a statement.
“Joining Tierney on Saturday 3 June will be assistant referees Neil Davies and Scott Ledger, fourth official Peter Bankes and reserve assistant referee Adrian Holmes.
“There will be VAR support for this year’s Final from David Coote and assistant VAR Simon Long.”