Manchester United's astonishing run of home cup draws continues

28 Sep 2023
Manchester United's astonishing run of home draws in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup continues with Newcastle tie their 12th straight at Old Trafford... a sequence which has odds of 4,094/1!Manchester United were handed a home Carabao Cup draw against Newcastle It is their 12th consecutive home draw in the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup Mail Sport's new WhatsApp Channel: Get the breaking news and exclusives here 

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Carabao Cup draw - Figure 1
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Published: 09:45 BST, 28 September 2023 | Updated: 11:50 BST, 28 September 2023

Manchester United have been drawn at home in a domestic cup competition for the 12th consecutive time - an occurrence which has astonishing odds of 4,094/1.

The Reds were handed an Old Trafford date with Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup fourth round in Wednesday night's draw to continue the remarkable run dating back to March 2021.

Every one of their FA Cup and Carabao Cup ties since - excluding two-legged semi-finals and games on neutral turf such as Wembley - has been at home.

The sequence is believed to be a new record in British football, eclipsing the 11 home draws for League One Shrewsbury Town in domestic cup competitions between 2017 and 2019.

United last played an away tie in the two domestic cup competition on March 21, 2021, when they lost 3-1 at Leicester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Manchester United have been handed a 12th consecutive home draw in the domestic cups

Erik ten Hag's side beat Crystal Palace to set up another home tie against Newcastle United

Since then, it's all been home comforts. In 2021-22, the sequence began with a home tie against West Ham in the Carabao Cup, which ended in a 1-0 defeat.

They duly received home draws against Aston Villa and Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, taking the run to three-in-a-row.

Last season, Erik ten Hag's team played Aston Villa, Burnley and Charlton Athletic at home in the Carabao Cup and Everton, Reading, West Ham and Fulham at home in the FA Cup, taking the total to 10 games.

Then in the current campaign, they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday night before being handed another home draw against Newcastle.

It is a repeat of last season's Carabao Cup final at Wembley, which Man United won 2-0 thanks to goals by Casemiro and Marcus Rashford.

The latest draw means United are in the midst of a run that sees them play seven of eight matches in their own backyard.

After goals by Alejandro Garnacho, Casemiro and Anthony Martial dumped Palace out of the cup on Tuesday, the two teams meet once again in the Premier League this Saturday.

United then host Turkish club Galatasaray in the Champions League next Tuesday before a home league encounter with Brentford.

Home comforts for United 

September 22, 2021 - Carabao Cup third round - Man United 0-1 West Ham

January 10, 2022 - FA Cup third round - Man United 1-0 Aston Villa

February 4, 2022 - FA Cup fourth round - Man United 1-1 Middlesbrough (7-8 on penalties)

November 10, 2022 - Carabao Cup third round - Man United 4-2 Aston Villa

December 21, 2022 - Carabao Cup fourth round - Man United 2-0 Burnley

January 6, 2023 - FA Cup third round - Man United 3-1 Everton

January 10, 2023 - Carabao Cup fifth round - Man United 3-0 Charlton Athletic

January 28, 2023 - FA Cup fourth round - Man United 3-1 Reading

March 1, 2023 - FA Cup fifth round - Man United 3-1 West Ham United

March 19, 2023 - FA Cup quarter-final - Man United 3-1 Fulham

September 26, 2023 - Carabao Cup third round - Man United 3-0 Crystal Palace

TBC - Carabao Cup fourth round - Man United vs Newcastle United

United have become accustomed to having home advantage in the cup competitions

United's last away draw was a 3-1 defeat to Leicester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2021

Just after the next set of internationals, on October 21, they travel to Sheffield United but that is a rare game on the road because home matches against FC Copenhagen (Champions League), Manchester City (Premier League) and Newcastle (Carabao Cup) duly follow.

If United were to beat Newcastle and get another home draw for the Carabao Cup fifth round, the odds of 13 home draws on the bounce would stand at 8,190/1.


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