Liverpool nemesis charged with United battle

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Mike Jones will take charge of Manchester United's Carling Cup tie with Leeds United this week.

The referee, was the official during United's win over West Bromwich Albion on the opening weekend of the season.

He last refereed a Leeds game in 2009, during their 2-2 draw with Huddersfield, but its his relationship with Liverpool which is the big talking point ahead of the game.

Jones sent off both Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel during Liverpool's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish refused to discuss the two decisions, but the no-nonsense approach of Jones could lead to a car-laden encounter between United and Leeds on Tuesday.


The two sides last met back in 2010, when Jermaine Beckford's only goal knocked United out of the FA Cup, while Leeds went on to take Tottenham to a replay in the following round.

The two clubs had a famous rivalry in the Premier League, with several players moving between the two swelling the hostility between the two sets of supporters.

The likes of Eric Cantona, Rio Ferdinand and Alan Smith have made the move between United and Leeds.

United are expected to make wholesale changes following their victory over Chelsea on Sunday, but former Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs could start.

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