Man United to play MK Dons in League Cup


London (AFP) - Manchester United have been given an away tie at third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the draw for the second round of the English League Cup.

Having failed to qualify for European competition last season, United are entering the League Cup at the second round stage for the first time in 19 years.

On their last appearance in the second round in 1995, they were eliminated by York City.

"We're ecstatic. It's a dream tie for us," said MK Dons manager Karl Robinson, whose side eliminated fierce rivals AFC Wimbledon 3-1 in the first round.

"After beating AFC Wimbledon last night (Tuesday), we are now going to be playing one of the greatest ever football teams at Stadium MK, all in our anniversary season."

West Ham United face something of a grudge match at home to third-tier Sheffield United, which will rekindle memories of the Carlos Tevez affair.

Tevez helped keep West Ham in the Premier League at the Blades' expense in 2007, but an independent tribunal subsequently ruled that he had been ineligible to play because the London club had breached regulations concerning third-party ownership when they signed him.

West Ham agreed to pay Sheffield United a reported amount of £18.1 million ($30.2 million, 22.6 million euros) in compensation. The teams have not met since the 2006-07 season.

Sunderland, who lost to Manchester City in last season's final, will travel to 2011 winners Birmingham City.

The ties are due to be played on August 26 and 27.

Draw for the second round of the English League Cup, made on Wednesday:

Burton Albion v Queens Park Rangers

Port Vale v Cardiff City

Middlesbrough v Preston North End

Stoke City v Portsmouth

Huddersfield Town v Nottingham Forest

Swansea City v Rotherham United

Watford v Doncaster Rovers

Millwall v Southampton

Bournemouth v Northampton Town

Brentford v Fulham

West Bromwich Albion v Oxford United

Scunthorpe United v Reading

Derby County v Charlton Athletic

West Ham United v Sheffield United

Swindon Town v Brighton and Hove Albion

Leicester City v Shrewsbury Town

Crewe Alexandra v Bolton Wanderers

Birmingham City v Sunderland

Gillingham v Newcastle United

Norwich City v Crawley Town

Bradford City v Leeds United

Aston Villa v Leyton Orient

Burnley v Sheffield Wednesday

Walsall v Crystal Palace

Milton Keynes Dons v Manchester United

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