Manchester United have been drawn at home to Burton Albion in the third round of the Carabao (née League) Cup. The game, to be played in the week commencing 18 September, marks the start of United’s title defence, with José Mourinho’s men having seen off Southampton at Wembley last season.
While United only enter the tournament in the third round, Burton have already had to play two Carabao Cup games. They saw off Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, before overcoming Cardiff in Wales. Nigel Clough’s men have had a difficult start to the season, picking up only three points from their first four games in the Championship. It’s really a game that United ought to be winning.
It will be the first meeting between these sides since 2006, when United were held to a goalless draw by a then-non-league Burton at the Pirelli Stadium. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side eventually comfortably avoided a famous FA Cup upset, smashing the Brewers 5-0 in the replay at Old Trafford.