United v Derby: The essential info
Manchester United kick off the club's 2018/19 Carabao Cup campaign with a home tie against Championship side Derby County.
The Reds will be hoping for a repeat of last season's win over the Rams in the Emirates FA Cup but to achieve this, Jose Mourinho will have to navigate a way past the new man in the visitors' dugout - his former player at Chelsea, Frank Lampard.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this evening's action...
Jose Mourinho confirmed on Monday, in an exclusive interview with MUTV, that Ander Herrera is available again after sitting out the past three games with an ankle injury. Marcos Rojo remains the Reds’ only long-term absentee, while Marcus Rashford is still unavailable as he serves the last of his three-game suspension. Summer signing Diogo Dalot will start against Derby as he continues to be integrated into the first-team plan, while Phil Jones could return from a hamstring injury which has ruled him out since August. Jose may also use the tie to blood a number of younger players into the senior squad.
HOW ABOUT DERBY?
The Rams will be without George Evans and Curtis Davies who are missing through knee and hamstring injuries respectively. The visitors will also be without former United youth-team player Tom Lawrence as the Welsh winger is serving the last of a three-game suspension after picking up a red card in the recent defeat to Rotherham United. Lampard has named a strong side in each of his previous Carabao Cup clashes and is expected to do the same at Old Trafford.
County have started strongly and sit sixth in the Championship, just two points off top spot. Lampard’s men have picked up 16 points from their opening nine games, winning five, drawing one and losing three. At the weekend they came from behind to beat Brentford 3-1, thanks to goals from Harry Wilson, David Nugent and Mason Mount. In the Carabao Cup, they have already eliminated two sides to reach this round. They began their campaign with a 2-0 victory against Oldham Athletic in mid-August and then emphatically disposed of fellow Championship side Hull City, 4-0.
WHY DO UNITED START IN THE THIRD ROUND?
That's due to our European commitments. The competition’s first round features only the 72 EFL sides, while the Premier League clubs not playing in Europe join from the following round of fixtures. United and the other teams competing in either the Champions League or Europa League - Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Burnley - begin their Carabao Cup campaigns this week.
As well as incorporating VAR, there are a number of other rule changes in the Carabao Cup this season. The EFL have decided to dispense with extra time, so all drawn games will go straight to penalties. The shoot-out will also take the ABBA format rather than the traditional ABAB system.
WHEN DID WE LAST FACE DERBY?
We were paired with the Rams in the third round of last season’s FA Cup, when late goals from Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku ensured our first hurdle was cleared on the eventual march to Wembley. The Reds last played County in the League Cup nine years ago at the semi-final stage. United overcame a first-leg defeat to reach the 2009 final, winning the reverse fixture at Old Trafford 4-2, thanks to goals from Nani, John O’Shea, Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The sides have previously met 106 times, with United winning 46, losing 31 and drawing 29 of the previous encounters. The Reds have enjoyed the upper hand in the fixture in recent years, winning every one of the last four meetings between the clubs, all of which have come in cup competitions.
There are 16 third-round fixtures to be played over two nights. Here’s the schedule in full…
Tuesday 25 September
Blackpool v Queens Park Rangers
AFC Bournemouth v Blackburn
Burton Albion v Burnley
Millwall v Fulham
Oxford United v Manchester City
Preston North End v Middlesbrough
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City
Wycombe Wanderers v Norwich City
Manchester United v Derby County (20:00 BST)
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace (20:00 BST)
Wednesday 26 September
Arsenal v Brentford
Liverpool v Chelsea
Nottingham Forest v Stoke City
West Ham United v Macclesfield Town
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford (20:00 BST)
Matches kick off at 19:45 BST unless stated.