The most memorable part of the League Cup last season was Manchester United losing 4-0 to the MK Dons in the second round. This season another lower league club will face off against the Red Devils in the form of Ipswich Town.
The last time that Manchester United played Ipswich Town was 13 years ago, when Ipswich were last competing in the Premier League. United won 1-0 at Portman Road on this occasion, thanks to a dubious penalty earned, and scored, by Dutch super striker, Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The Suffolk club’s last win at Old Trafford came in 1984 during a Division One League match up. Overall, Ipswich have only won 6 of their 27 games away to Manchester United.
This fixture is also set in Premier League history as hosting the biggest home victory for any club. In 1995, Andy Cole’s 5 goals helped the Red Devils beat the Tractor Boys 9-0.
Since Mick McCarthy was appointed as Ipswich manager, November 2012, they have gone out of the League Cup in the first round. This season they have made it to the 3rd round and won both home and away games.
McCarthy, an ex-Manchester City player, has mixed feeling about the draw against United, he’s said:
“It either frightens you or inspires you I guess, so let’s hope it inspires our guys.”
Ipswich Town currently sit in 5th in the Championship after 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 loses. Their top goal scorer is ex-West Ham striker Freddie Sears, who has 4 goals and 2 assists.
In the cup this year, David McGoldrick has stood out for the Tractor Boys, of his total 3 goals and 4 assists, 1 of the goals and all 4 assists have come in their two League Cup games.
One of their biggest threats is right wing 21 year old, Ryan Fraser, who’s on loan from AFC Bournemouth of the Premier League. The Scotsman has 3 goals and 4 assists and scored on his Ipswich debut.
With injuries to Paddy McNair and Marcos Rojo and, van Gaal saying that James Wilson and Jesse Lingard will be having the day off, it looks like a first team will be put out, with a bit of shuffling at the back.
Unless something goes catastrophically wrong again, Manchester Untied should still win the tie. If he plays some youngsters and some of the players who haven’t been starting many games then United should still win 1 or 2-0. If the usual first eleven steps out at Old Trafford then the score could be as high as 5-0.
Hopefully it’ll be a good chance for the young star, Andreas Pereira, to show off his talents.
Kickoff is at 20:00 at Old Trafford.