clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

United's League Cup opponents confirmed

New, comments

And it's off to the land of roundabouts and concrete cows ...

Jordan Mansfield

So it turns out that the League Cup -- a.k.a. the whichever sponsor has decided that it fancies a little bit of football exposure, currently "Capital One" Cup -- has a second round before the third one. Who knew? This is like one of those films where the princess escapes from the castle just before the evil vizier's troops storm the place, then wakes up in the morning to realise that ordinary people have to make their own toast.

For last season's failure to qualify for Europe requires United to enter this season's competition a round earlier than usual. And United's adventure in this new, unfamiliar world will be a visit to the home of everybody's favourite club, the Milton Keynes Dons. Yes, it's a sad, distressing parody of what a club should be, an offence against everything that's good and pure and righteous about football ... against the MK Dons.

Little joke for you there.

Anyway, it'll be perhaps the first time in recent history that United will enter a game as the neutrals' favourite, so that'll be fun. The last time United went into the league cup at this stage was back in 1995, when lowly little York City rolled up to Old Trafford, won 3-0, and ended up going through 4-3 on aggregate.

The game will be played during the week commencing 25 August 2014, and the full draw is here. The other stand-out tie is probably West Ham United against Sheffield United, the Carlos Tevez Classic.