It’s Wayne Rooney vs the Class of 92! Ex-Manchester United striker’s Derby County drawn against Gary Neville and co’s Salford City in the Carabao Cup
- Wayne Rooney will see some old friends in the first round of the Carabao Cup
- His Derby County side will host Salford City who are owned by the Class of 92
- Gary Neville tweeted former Manchester United team-mate ‘lets be having ya’
- Elsewhere in the draw, Swansea host Reading and Sheffield United face Carlisle
Manchester United fans could still cast a keen eye over the first round of the Carabao Cup despite not being involved with Wayne Rooney’s Derby County set to take on Gary Neville and co’s Salford City.
Derby – managed by United’s all-time scorer Rooney since January – will host Class of 92-owned Salford in the standout tie of first round of the competition, which kicks off on the week-commencing August 9.
After news of the draw, Neville send a tweet to his former team-mate reading: ‘Come on Wayne Rooney!!!!! Let’s be having ya’.
Wayne Rooney will come against old friend Gary Neville in the Carabao Cup first round
Rooney’s Derby County will host Salford – owned by David Beckham (left), Neville (one from left), Nicky Butt (one from right) and Ryan Giggs (right) amongst other Class of 92 alumni
It will be one of the first game of Rooney’s first full season in charge of the Rams after they narrowly avoided relegation from the Championship on the final day last campaign.
Salford City, owned by Neville, brother Phil, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, and Paul Scholes, have risen up the football pyramid since the former United starlets’ 2014 purchase and hope to secure promotion from League Two this season.
Elsewhere, there is an all-Yorkshire affair between Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield while 2013 winners Swansea City face an all-Championship tie with Reading, while newly-relegated Sheffield United host Carlisle.
After the draw was revealed, Neville send his former team-mate a message of warning
The pair were formidable team-mates at Manchester United between 2004 and 2011
Holders Manchester City, who will be looking to secure their fifth-straight triumph in the competition, enter the competition at the third round stage alongside other clubs competing in Europe.
There is also an all-London tie with Charlton meeting AFC Wimbledon at the Valley, with 2011 winners Birmingham City welcoming Colchester United.
It has already been a chaotic start to the domestic season for Rooney, with the EFL seeking a retrospective points deduction from last season, which would see them relegated from the Championship and replaced with Wycombe Wanderers.
Manchester City will look to secure their fifth-straight title when they join in the third round
The first round of League Cup will take place on the week-commencing August 9
Both teams were included in an interchangeable fixture list with the EFL still able to appeal the decision not to hand a points deduction to the East Midlands outfit.
Derby received a £100,000 fine over some of their accounting policies on Wednesday but the EFL retain the option to appeal that verdict by an independent panel and could push for a points deduction to be applied to last season.
But the Rams have hit back at the EFL accusing the league of jumping the gun with it’s statement and suggesting it is unlawful to seek a retrospective points deduction that would send Derby down.
CARABAO CUP FIRST ROUND DRAW
Sheffield Wednesday vs Huddersfield Town
Derby County vs Salford City
Hartlepool United vs Crewe Alexandra
Shrewsbury vs Lincoln
Mansfield Town vs Preston North End
Port Vale vs Sunderland
Sheffield United vs Carlisle United
Blackpool vs Middlesbrough
Harrogate Town vs Rochdale
Stoke City vs Fleetwood Town
Walsall vs Doncaster Rovers
Oldham vs Tranmere
Rotherham United vs Accrington Stanley
Barrow vs Scunthorpe
Hull City vs Wigan Athletic
Bolton vs Barnsley
Nottingham Forest vs Bradford City
Blackburn Rovers vs Morecambe
Cambridge United vs Swindon Town
Exeter City vs Wycombe
Crawley vs Gillingham
Burton vs Oxford
Coventry vs Northampton
Ipswich vs Newport
Forest Green vs Bristol City