Manchester United drawn with arch rivals City as Liverpool and Chelsea are handed tough draws in EFL Cup
Manchester United have been drawn at home to Manchester City in the pick of an exciting, almost epic, draw with the newly-branded EFL Cup coming alive in the fourth round.
Liverpool will host Tottenham Hotspur while West Ham United will face Chelsea at their London Stadium with three heavyweight, all-Premier League clashes about to take place and a fourth with Southampton against Sunderland.
The undoubted highlight, however, will be United against the holders City; Jose Mourinho, once more, against Pep Guardiola and a chance for the red half of Manchester to seek some revenge for the 2-1 home defeat inflicted last month upon them in the Premier League.
“I think it’s good for us,” United midfielder Ander Herrera told MUTV. “We can show again what we want to do. We were very disappointed [to lose to City] because it was in front of our fans and now we have another chance to play against them. I’m sure it will be different.”
Asked if it will be a special atmosphere against City under the Old Trafford floodlights, Herrera continued: “We know it will be like that, we have no doubt. Our fans are always behind us.”
The teams have met six times in the League Cup with numerous exciting duels along the way. The first clash was in 1969 at the semi-final stage, City winning the first leg 2-1 at Maine Road and the second leg at Old Trafford ending 2-2.
The next tie was also at Old Trafford in 1974 with United, then in Division Two, beating City 1-0.
A year later City thrashed United 4-0 at Maine Road, again on the way to the final, but it would be 35 years before the next League Cup clash – another semi-final battle with City winning the first leg 2-1 at the Etihad but United edging the return 3-1 to win the tie overall.
The ties will be played in the week beginning Oct 24 with United away to Chelsea on the Sunday before having hosted Fenerbahce in the Europa League the Thursday before that.
City will be away to Barcelona in the Champions League before a home match against Southampton in the league also on the Sunday.
In the rest of the draw Arsenal – the big winners as the others slug it out – will play at home to Reading and Bristol City will face Hull City.
Norwich’s reward for beating Everton at Goodison Park is a trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United while Preston, who took the Premier League scalp of Bournemouth, will travel to Newcastle.
It means that at least two Championship sides will make it through to the quarter-finals.
EFL Cup fourth-round draw in full:
West Ham United vs Chelsea
Manchester United vs Manchester City
Arsenal vs Reading
Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur
Bristol City vs Hull City
Leeds United vs Norwich City
Newcastle United vs Preston North End
Southampton vs Sunderland
Games to be played week commencing October 24.