Manchester United's first Capital One Cup second-round tie since 1995 sees the Red Devils pitted against Milton Keynes Dons, a club that didn't exist the last time United entered this stage of the competition.
Failure to qualify for European football sees the Premier League club take on a League One side who will fancy their chances on the night. The second-round draw was made following the conclusion of the first-round matches on Wednesday, reported by the competition's official website.
You can see the full draw below:
|Home Team||vs.||Away Team|
|Burton Albion||vs.||Queens Park Rangers|
|Port Vale||vs.||Cardiff City|
|Middlesbrough||vs.||Preston North End|
|Huddersfield Town||vs.||Nottingham Forest|
|Swansea City||vs.||Rotherham United|
|West Brom||vs.||Oxford United|
|Derby County||vs.||Charlton Athletic|
|West Ham United||vs.||Sheffield United|
|Swindown Town||vs.||Brighton and Hove Albion|
|Leicester City||vs.||Shrewsbury Town|
|Crewe Alexandra||vs.||Bolton Wanderers|
|Norwich City||vs.||Crawley Town|
|Bradford City||vs.||Leeds United|
|Aston Villa||vs.||Leyton Orient|
|Milton Keynes Dons||vs.||Manchester United|
All ties will be played across Aug. 26-27.
Premier League interest is always high at this stage of the competition, but Manchester United's appearance before the third round has Louis van Gaal's men grabbing the headlines. The Dutchman faces a trip to the land of roundabouts during his first competitive cup fixture—a tie that will surely see the home support arrive in full force.
United may be tempted to start a handful of youngsters, although their lack of European participation means the Capital One Cup is likely being taken more seriously than usual at Old Trafford. MK Dons defender Kyle McFadzean is extremely excited by the draw, as noted on Twitter:
What a draw Man United at home ⚽️— Kyle Mcfadzean (@KyMcfadzean) August 13, 2014
Other standout ties of the round include Southampton's trip to face Millwall at the Den. Notorious for creating an atmosphere of intimidation, the London-based side head into the tie with Premier League opposition equipped to spring an upset.
Ian Holloway has experience of managing in the top flight and knows exactly what it takes to take down the favourites, who may use this match to bed in any new signings who arrive during Ronald Koeman's rebuilding process.
Which home side is most likely to spring an upset?
Newcastle and Sunderland were kept apart from a local derby draw by just one team, but both face intriguing tests nonetheless. Birmingham City will host the Black Cats, who lost last year's final to Manchester City, while Newcastle journey down south to face League One side Gillingham.
Alan Pardew will be wary of making the long trip to Kent during midweek and may be tempted to take an inexperienced squad with him. Newcastle are the kind of side who can put together a strong run in the competition, but their trip to Priestfield comes just three days after facing an away fixture with Aston Villa in the Premier League.
Away from the standout ties involving top-tier teams, Bradford's hosting of Leeds is sure to produce a special atmosphere at Valley Parade. Both of the local rivals will be confident of booking their place in the next round and are separated by just six places at the time of writing, despite Leeds being a division higher.
Brentford will also enjoy a derby atmosphere when Fulham embark on a short journey across west London to face the Bees at Griffin Park. Felix Magath will want the visitors to establish their confidence through games such as this and should be hoping to progress deep into the tournament.
The Capital One Cup is often overlooked by the bigger clubs, but some of the season's most entertaining football is likely to be played in this year's competition. This season has already seen Brentford and Dagenham & Redbridge play out a 6-6 draw, while Arsenal's 7-5 beating of Reading from 2012 remains the marker by which all League Cup matches are compared—an encounter that summed up the lure of the competition perfectly.
This is an opportunity for Premier League clubs to provide fringe players with the chance to excel, while lower-division sides can head into any tie knowing a confident display holds them in good stead. Expect confident, attacking football and plenty of goals when the second round begins.