Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United will look to rekindle their long time rivalries when both teams meet later today in a thrilling premier league clash at Stamford Bridge.
However, the presence of Manchester born Anthony Taylor as the centre referee today will certainly add more spice and dimension to what already promises to be a tensed affair in South West London.
Taylor has been at the centre of some very controversial decisions involving Chelsea over the years and just recently a petition championed by some Chelsea fans on change.org to stop the Manchester native from officiating Chelsea games in the future garnered more 50,000 signatures.
Taylor’s influence during the clash of February 2020 when Chelsea lost 2-0 to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side at Stamford Bridge is still fresh in the memory of Chelsea faithfuls.
On that fateful day, Taylor somehow failed to spot several clear fouls by United players, the highlight being Harry Maguire’s kick into Michy Batshuayi’s crotch which was also baffling given Chris Kavanagh on VAR not paying it much attention.
Maguire would go onto score United’s crucial second to put the game beyond Frank Lampard’s side on a disappointing evening.
However, the West London based side will be hoping to get a good result when they face Manchester United despite the issues raised by some Chelsea supporters over the perceived bias of Anthony Taylor towards them.
But is Anthony Taylor actually biased against the current European champions as most of their fans will want us to believe?
Ahead of today’s crunch encounter between the two Premier league superpowers, the highly rated Anthony Taylor has been in charge of Chelsea’s game 39 times in the past and today’s clash will mark the 40th time Taylor will be at the centre in a game involving both sides.
Out of the thirty-nine matches he has officiated against Chelsea, The Blues won nineteen, lost twelve, while eight matches have ended in a draw.
The 43 year-old Taylor has given out eighty-eight yellow cards and two red cards to Chelsea players in the thirty-nine times he has been in charge of their game.
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