The draw has been made for the under-21s Papa John’s trophy and Premier League Champions Manchester City are in Group E alongside Rotherham United, Doncaster Rovers, and Scunthorpe United. In the 20/21 season, our under-21s won the group (containing Scunthorpe United, Lincoln City and Mansfield Town). Despite topping the group, the Blues did not make it past the second round, being knocked out by the eventual runners-up Tranmere Rovers 2-1.
The draw contains 16 groups, split up into Northern (8 groups) and Southern (8 groups) to reduce travel time. 16 of the 48 teams in the competition are the under-21s of Premier League teams.
Manchester United under-21s have been drawn in a group with the current holders of the trophy – Sunderland, as well as Lincoln City and Bradford City (Group F).
The competition begins in the week commencing August 30th. The Northern and Southern split ends from the quarterfinals onwards with the teams then being open to draw any other remaining team.