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Salford owners relishing Leeds battle

 

Cup date: Scholes and Neville
Cup date: Scholes and Neville

By Lewis Samuel

Salford part-owners Paul Scholes and Phil Neville hope tonight's home Carabao Cup clash with Leeds United provides a taste of what lies ahead for the club.

The Ammies are gearing up for one of the biggest games in the club's history and former Manchester United stars Scholes and Neville are relishing the first-round tie.

England Women coach Neville said: "It is a big game. It's probably the biggest team we've ever had or played against at the Peninsula Stadium.

"It's the type of night we want, it's the type of team we want to be playing against."

Salford are co-owned by businessman Peter Lim, who has a 40 per cent stake, plus Phil and Gary Neville, Scholes, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt, who each have a 10 per cent holding.

They won promotion to the English Football League for the first time last season after beating Fylde 3-0 in the National League play-off final at Wembley.

Since United's famous 'Class of 92' bought shares in 2014, Salford have won promotion four times, and Scholes - speaking as TalkTalk and the club celebrated a new five-year partnership ­- has lofty ambitions for the future.

"Where do we go the next five or 10 years? Who knows?" Scholes said.

"I know it's a long way off, but the target has to be getting to the Premier League at some point.

"We want the big games like Leeds.

"I don't think in the whole draw we could have got a bigger or better club, so we're looking forward to it."

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