Manchester United legends clash in Carabao Cup first round
Manchester United fans will have a stronger interest than usual in this year’s Carabao Cup first round after the draw pitted former Old Trafford heroes against each other.
Championship outfit Derby, managed by all-time Red Devils top scorer Wayne Rooney, will welcome League Two Salford to Pride Park — with the ambitious Ammies famously part-owned by some familiar faces.
Class of '92 icons David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville all have a part-stake in the club and have been the driving force behind their local side's rise up the divisions in recent years.
It is a tie that the fourth-tier outfit will be relishing, with Gary Bowyer’s men considered among the favourites for the League Two title next season.
Meanwhile, Rooney will be more concerned with keeping his Rams side out of trouble in the league after only narrowly avoiding a disastrous relegation to League One on the final day of 2020-21.
Elsewhere, EFL new boys Sutton United have a tasty trip to Wales to look forward to after being drawn away to Championship Cardiff.
Fans of the U’s, who were promoted from the non-league for the first time in the club’s 123-year history last term, will be pinching themselves at the prospect of a trip to the 33,200 capacity Cardiff City Stadium in August.
In contrast, Sheffield United — the highest-ranked side entering at this stage — will endure a bump back to reality following Premier League relegation when they welcome Carlisle to Bramall Lane.
Manchester City won the competition for a fourth consecutive season in 2020-21 after edging out Tottenham 1-0 in April’s final.
Spurs will enter the competition in the next round along with 14 other sides, while the seven English clubs competing in Europe don’t arrive until round three.
Carabao Cup first round fixtures (to be played the week commencing August 9)
Sheffield Wednesday vs Huddersfield Town
Derby County vs Salford City
Hartlepool United vs Crewe Alexandra
Shrewsbury Town vs Lincoln City
Mansfield Town vs Preston North End
Port Vale vs Sunderland
Sheffield United vs Carlisle United
Blackpool vs Middlesbrough
Harrogate Town vs Rochdale
Stoke City vs Fleetwood Town
Walsall vs Doncaster Rovers
Oldham Atheltic vs Tranmere Rovers
Rotherham United vs Accrington Stanley
Barrow vs Scunthorpe United
Hull City vs Wigan Athletic
Bolton Wanderers vs Barnsley
Nottingham Forest vs Bradford City
Blackburn Rovers vs Morecambe
Cambridge United vs Swindon Town
Exeter City vs Wycombe Wanderers
Crawley Town vs Gillingham
Burton Albion vs Oxford United
Coventry City vs Northampton Town
Ipswich Town vs Newport County
Forest Green Rovers vs Bristol City
Reading vs Swansea City
Cardiff City vs Sutton United
Bournemouth vs MK Dons
Bristol Rovers vs Cheltenham Town
Peterborough United vs Plymouth Argyle
Leyton Orient vs QPR
Stevenage vs Luton Town
Millwall vs Portsmouth
Birmingham City vs Colchester United
Charlton Athletic vs AFC Wimbledon