28 August 2010

Manchester United draw Scunthorpe United in Carling Cup 3rd Round

The Irons vs The Red Devils
Later this September
The draw for the Carling Cup third round came out today - 28/08/2010 and Manchester United have drawn North Lincolnshire, team called Scunthorpe United.

United have never faced Scunthorpe United in a competitive football game, this would be the first time they do.

The tie will take place at Scunthorpe's home in North Lancashire which is a good hour and a half drive from Old Trafford probably on 21st September, 2010.

Scunthorpe United, often nicknamed "The Irons" play in the football league championship and are currently the highest seeded team in Lincolnshire. They recently survived the season after coming 20th, luckily!

United are the defending champions in this Carling Cup season. They had a mesmerizing season last year after defeating Wolves 1-0, thanks to a memorable header by Paul Scholes, Barnsley 2-0 which saw an amazing goal scored by Michael Owen, Spurs 2-0 and a lovely semi-final encounter with local rivals Manchester City in the winter days of 2010 which saw one of the games cancelled scheduled to take place early January due to heavy snowfall! Manchester derby was incredibly memorable.

United finally lifted the Carling Cup after defeating Aston Villa 2-1 at the cursed Wembley pitch which saw Michael Owen end his World Cup career due to a hamstring injury after scoring a lovely attacking goal February 2010. This also forced him to sit out of the Pre-season US tour which was a lovely opportunity for Michael to win over some American fans!

The Carling Cup player of the final was awarded to Antonio Valencia last year, and it's a record worth noting that no player has won it twice and I fully rely on Ecuador's Valencia to duly break this record!!

Like we had a Manchester derby last year in Semi-final, this year's 3rd round presents a very interesting 3rd Round North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs! I back Spurs to win it!!
Any how, this season is back and United should aim to demolish Scunthorpe at their home..  More updates to follow once the match day and time is confirmed!

Full Draw
Brentford v Everton
Portsmouth v Leicester
Stoke v Fulham
Chelsea v Newcastle BIG GAME!

Aston Villa v Blackburn
Tottenham v Arsenal BIG GAME!
Millwall v Ipswich
Wolves v Notts County
Burnley v Bolton
Birmingham v MK Dons
Liverpool v Northampton Town
Scunthorpe v Manchester United
West Brom v Man City
Sunderland v West Ham
Peterborough v Swansea
Wigan v Preston

(Source: manutd.com)
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