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Carling Cup Round 03 Preview United vs Manchester United

Wednesday | 22 September 2010 | KO:19:45 | Glanford Park

Championship side Scunthorpe United have a plum Carling Cup third round draw to look forward to on Wednesday evening. They entertain the holders Manchester United who's recent record in this competition is pretty formidable.


Man United beat Villa 2-1 in last years final and beat Spurs on penalty kicks the season before. They also won in 2006 when they thrashed Wigan 4-0. In a competition seen as the lowest priority by top clubs, that record speaks volumes even though United do tend to rest key players, at least in the early rounds.

It's a big night for Scunthorpe who have already come through two home ties to reach this stage of the competition. A 2-1 win over Oldham and 4-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday set up this big pay day in a televised clash. They faced opposition from Manchester in this competition last season, losing 5-1 at Manchester City. They were also drawn against City in the FA Cup last season, eventually losing 4-2 in front of their own supporters.

Scunthorpe have started their league campaign in rather hit and miss fashion. Of their 7 Championship matches they have 3 wins and 4 defeats. The pick of their wins include a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace and a 4-0 win at Sheffield United but one noticeable stat is that they failed to hit the target in any of their 4 defeats. 3 of their 7 league games (and both their previous Carling Cup ties) have delivered over 2.5 goals. Ian Barraclough is the man in charge though only on a caretaker basis, a shock win here would do his chances of landing the job permanently hard to ignore.

You have to go back to 2006 and 2007 for the last time United were the victims of a shock result in this competition. In 2006 they exited the Carling Cup at Southend who like Scunthorpe, were battling in the Championship at the time. The following season United were beaten 2-0 by Coventry at Old Trafford. United were also turned over by Leeds in last seasons FA Cup, losing 1-0 at Old Trafford.

United's team news is hard to predict. Ferguson made 10 changes for the recent Champions League game with Glasgow Rangers so what he will do here is anyones guess with a Premier League game at Bolton and a trip to Valencia in the champions League coming up.

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