Major changes to domestic cup competitions
Some major changes have been announced to the domestic cup competitions in the wake of the delayed start to the 2020/21 season.
There will be no replays throughout the 2020/21 FA Cup tournament, with all the games decided on a one-off basis. The Reds will be in the hat for the third round, which will be staged around the weekend of 9/10 January 2021.
The final is on 15 May 2021 but the Football Association commented:
“After two seasons of record levels of prize funds, the Emirates FA Cup prize fund has returned back in line with 2017/18 levels due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Carabao Cup has replaced two-legged semi-finals with single ties at the home of the first club drawn out, and the first four rounds will now take place in consecutive weeks, kicking off in early September.
United will enter the competition in the third round, scheduled for 22/23 September, due to our participation in next term's UEFA Champions League.
The final is set to be held on 28 February 2021 at Wembley Stadium.
United will again participate in the EFL Trophy, after enjoying our first taste of it with an Under-21s side, coached by Neil Wood.
It begins on 8/9 September and the final will take place on 14 March 2021.
The group stage will be drawn on Tuesday 18 August at 13:30 BST on Talksport 2.
Meanwhile, the FA Youth Cup third round is planned to be played before Saturday 12 December.