MK Dons will face the biggest challenge in their history later this month when they play host to Manchester United in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
Karl Robinson’s side triumphed over bitter rivals AFC Wimbledon 3-1 on Tuesday night, and earned their just desserts with a draw against Louis van Gaal’s men at stadium:mk.
United haven’t been included in the second round of the League Cup since the 1995/96 season, when they were upset by York City, who beat them 4-3 on aggregate to knock them out of the competition.
“We’re ecstatic, it’s a dream tie for us,” Robinson said.
“After beating AFC Wimbledon last night, we are now going to be playing one of the greatest ever football teams at stadiummk, all in our anniversary season.”
But the manager was quick to bring the club back down to earth, reminding everyone that League 1 must remain a priority this season.
He said: “Sorry to be the party pooper but we’ve got three important league fixtures before then though, starting with Peterborough on Saturday.”
The occasion is an almost perfect follow-up for the opening round game against AFC on Tuesday.
An outrageous back heel from Kyle McFadzean, harking back to Jon Otsemobor’s ‘Heel of God’ goal against the same opposition in Decmeber 2012, opened the scoring after 19 minutes.
Second half strikes from Daniel Powell and Benik Afobe ensured Dons’ ball would be included in the second round draw.
Matt Tubb’s penalty in stoppage time was a mere footnote.