Manchester United have been drawn against Ipswich Town in the third round of this season Capital One Cup. Last season, United entered in the second round of the domestic competition due to the side finishing seventh in the Barclays Premier League under David Moyes, who was sacked before the end of the 2013/14 season, with Ryan Giggs taking over as interim manager. Louis van Gaal became the manager after the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and steered United to a fourth place finish, also taking the club back into the UEFA Champions League, of which they play the second leg of the play off away to Club Brugge in Belgium on Wednesday evening.
In the second round last season, the same day the deal to bring Angel Di Maria to the club was confirmed, United fell foul of humiliation by Sky Bet League One side MK Dons, who defeated a strong (ish) United side 4-0, which was something that contributed to United’s start that season, earning their first victory in September. This season is slightly different, United are still undefeated in both competitions they have played in, but the first match was won by an own goal by Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker, United won their second match away to Aston Villa with a goal scored by Adnan Januzaj.
The third match, the UEFA Champions League play off saw United score all four goals in the 3-1 win; Michael Carrick scoring an own goal, Memphis Depay scoring a brace and assisting Marouane Fellaini for the third. A goal-less draw with Newcastle United at Old Trafford at the weekend set United up for their fifth match of the season. Being a different start to the season is a good thing, no defeats, yet anyway. Perhaps United’s fortunes are going to ge better a year into the new regime and philosophy.
Manchester United have played Ipswich Town 46 times competitively, the last time in 2002 in the Premier League, winning 1-0 in that match. United have played Ipswich Town once in the League Cup, back on the 7th September 1971, winning 3-1 with goals scored by George Best (2) and Willie Morgan. United have beaten Ipswich Town 9-0 in the Premier League back on the 4th March 1995 with five goals scored by Andy Cole, two by Mark Hughes and singe goals by Paul Ince and Roy Keane. This should be a good match, but one that Louis van Gaal should not underestimate like he may have done against MK Dons last season.
Here is the full third round draw for this seasons Capital One Cup:
Middlesbrough v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Norwich City v West Bromwich Albion
Hull City v Swansea City
Leicester City v West Ham United
Aston Villa v Birmingham City
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
Manchester United v Ipswich Town
Liverpool v Carlisle United
Crystal Palace v Charlton Athletic
Fulham v Stoke City
Sunderland v Manchester City
Newcastle United v Sheffield Wednesday
Reading v Barnsley/Everton
Preston North End v AFC Bournemouth
Walsall v Chelsea
MK Dons v Southampton
All ties are to be played week commencing Monday 21st September 2015.