Date: 12th August 2019 at 1:32pm
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The Carabao Cup first round has set up a blockbuster clash between Leeds United and Salford City.

This is Salford’s first-ever game in the competition after their promotion from the National League last season, and they couldn’t have asked for a more high profile fixture.

The Ammies have enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past few years earning promotion after promotion at non-League level before reaching the Football League with a playoff win last season.

This has partly been down to the investment from a group of former Manchester United players as well as billionaire Peter Lim.

They are now set to embark on their first season in the EFL, and with that, they earn the right to appear in the Carabao Cup, where a grudge match with Leeds United has been set up.

But how can a fixture that has never been played be described as a grudge match?

Well, it’s more of an indirect rekindling of the rivalry between Leeds and Manchester United.

Salford’s close affiliation with the Red Devils has seen a number of the Old Trafford faithful take a vested interest in their close neighbours as a number of their legendary players are directly involved in the running of the club.

If the Whites lost this one, not only would they have the embarrassment of losing to a League Two side, but they would also be ridiculed by the Man United fanbase for getting beat by the club which has so many ties to the 20-time champions of England.

Marcelo Bielsa has often had a tendency to field weakened teams in cup competitions. Leeds’ matches against Preston North End in this competition and QPR in the FA Cup last term saw the Whites field a heavily rotated squad, but with the bragging rights on offer in this clash, he should field a stronger side.


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