MUFC get September League Cup date amid expedited schedule

The prize
By Chris O'Brien
August 22 2020

Manchester United's 2020/21 League Cup campaign will begin, like last season, in September - with the first four rounds of the competition to be played that month in a calendar heavily impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Football's authorities have been calculating how to accommodate fixtures given the curtailed nature of the new season, following the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The first round ties will be played on September 5 - and will act as the season's curtain-raiser for most clubs across the Football League. The competition will be starting more than three weeks later than it did last season - which means the opening four rounds will be played at lightning pace.

Rounds two-three and four will be played mid-week - starting on 15 September, and then played in successive weeks until the end of the month.

United enter the competition at the round three stage, as one of England's seven representatives in European competition. That means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men can expect their third round match to fall on 22 or 23 September.

It all means fans can look forward to 84 League Cup games being played in the month of September alone. 

The Red Devils beat Rochdale, Chelsea and Colchester United in last season's competition, before being dumped out at the semi-final stage to Manchester City - the same round at which the club's FA Cup and Europa League adventures also ultimately faltered.

Semi-final matches will be decided over only one leg next season. Given recent trends in Cup competitions, it would seem a decent bet that the two-legged final four ties will never return, even when - as we so dearly hope - normality returns.

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Every cup is worth winning! The league cup has been important to us over the years.

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