Rotherham United welcome a Manchester United U21 team to the New York Stadium for the first game of the EFL Trophy – newly named the leasing.com Trophy.
This will be the first time the young Red Devils have played in this competition and are under the management of Neil Wood and his assistant Quinton Fortune, with the Millers having won this competition when it was under the guise of the Auto Windscreen Shields Trophy.
The Millers and a first team Manchester United have only met six times in the past – once in the League Cup, once in the FA Cup and just once in the League which was way back in 1922.
The last time a Manchester United team were on Rotherham soil was in September 1988 at Millmoor in the League Cup. The visitors won the game by a single goal which Peter Davenport scored with the second leg at Old Trafford being a five-nil win with a hat-trick from Brian McClair and a goal apiece for Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce.
In the 1965/6 FA Cup Rotherham United held Matt Busby’s Red Devils to a goalless draw at Old Trafford with the replay at Millmoor being a one-nil win for Manchester United with the goal coming from John Connelly.
The only League games between the two was in the 1922/23 season when the Millmoor game was a one-all draw, with Pearson scoring for the Millers, and the game in Manchester seeing the hosts win 3-0.
Last time the Millers were in this competition, that is based around the lower two English leagues with the addition of an U21 side from a ‘bigger’ club, was in the 2017/18 season when they got a one-all home draw against a Manchester City U21 side, but lost on penalties then went on to lose two-one at home to Chesterfield with the only win coming away against Bradford City which end three-nil.