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Manchester United drawn against Northampton Town in the EFL Cup

Manchester United will start their new era in the EFL Cup by facing Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium in the third round. Last time United featured in this competition with a new manager, they started out in the second round of the tournament, facing MK Dons, of which they were beaten 4-0, a shock for many. Many of the players who represented United in that match are no longer at the club, something which may suggest the number of changes made from the day Sir Alex Ferguson retired to the present day. Last season, in the Capital One Cup, the tournament’s former name, United beat Ipswich Town 3-0 in the third round, then fell to Middlesbrough on penalties in the fourth round, ending their participation in the tournament, which was won by Manchester City. United, under the management of Jose Mourinho, will be looking to achieve things this season. Whilst the EFL Cup may not be seen as a great trophy, silverware is something United will be looking to win, and in this tournament, youth will be given a chance. Mourinho has many players still yet to get a game, and September with this cup and the UEFA Europa League, United will have games a plenty.

Here is the full draw for the Round three of the EFL Cup:

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal

Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers

Queens Park Rangers v Sunderland

West Ham United v Accrington Stanley

Southampton v Crystal Palace

Swansea City v Manchester City

Fulham v Bristol City

Bournemouth v Preston North End

Tottenham Hotspur v Gillingham

Everton v Norwich City

Derby County v Liverpool

Northampton Town v Manchester United

Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading

Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Stoke City v Hull City

Leicester City v Chelsea

*Matches will be played week commencing Monday 19th September 2016

Manchester United last faced Northampton Town in the FA Cup back on the 25th January 2004, beating them 3-0 with goals from Mikael Silvestre, Diego Forlan and an own goal from the home side. United have played The Cobblers on three other occasions, once in the FA Cup on the 7th February 1970, with United running out 8-2 victors away from home, with George Best scoring six goals, with a brace from Brian Kidd. Before that, both matches were in the Football League Division One, with United winning 6-2 on the 5th February 1966 at Old Trafford, with Sir Bobby Charlton scoring a hat-trick, Denis Law scoring a brace and John Connelly scoring the other. United also drew with the Cobblers 1-1 earlier that season on the 28th August 1965, with John Connelly scoring United’s goal that day. United and Northampton Town have a good history, with United reigning supreme in three out of four matches, which will put them in good stead to earn a place in the fourth round of the EFL Cup this season. Northampton Town, on the other hand, are giant killers, beating West Bromwich Albion 4-3 on penalties, after a 2-2 draw on Tuesday evening.

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