Salford City and Manchester United have been drawn in the same group for this season’s EFL trophy.

Salford, finalists in 2019/20 before the Coronavirus pandemic saw the Wembley showpiece postponed, are owned by former United stars Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, David Beckham and Nicky Butt and will come up against their illustrious neighbours for the first time since being taken over by the Class of ’92.

Joining those two team in Group B of the Northern Section are Morecambe and Rochdale.

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Manchester City are in Group E along with Lincoln, Mansfield and Scunthorpe, while Liverpool will play Port Vale, Tranmere and Wigan in Group D.

Football League newcomers Barrow and Harrogate join the competition for the first time. National League champions Barrow will face Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds youngsters, Accrington and Blackpool, while Harrogate, promoted via the play-offs, were drawn against Leicester, Grimsby and Hull.

Elsewhere in the Northern Section, Aston Villa will play Carlisle, Fleetwood and Sunderland, while Wolves were paired with Bradford, Doncaster and Oldham. Newcastle are in a group with Bolton, Crewe and Shrewsbury.

Holders Portsmouth, who along with Salford are awaiting a rescheduled date to contest the 2019/20 final, will face West Ham, Colchester and Southend in Group A of the Southern Section.

Arsenal are in Group B along with Crawley, Gillingham and Ipswich, while Chelsea will face Bristol Rovers, Oxford and Walsall in Group D.

The remainder of the Southern Section sees Southampton in a group with MK Dons, Northampton and Stevenage, while West Brom will play Exeter, Forest Green and Swindon.

Fulham face Burton, Cambridge and Peterborough, while Brighton take on AFC Wimbledon, Charlton and Leyton Orient. Norwich have Cheltenham, Newport and Plymouth in their group.

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