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Northampton back from the brink and gunning for cup giant-killing with Manchester United clash

By Sean Taylor

Manchester United travel to Northampton on the back of three straight defeats but a look back at the Cobblers' financial situation just 10 months ago firmly puts any suggestion of an Old Trafford crisis into perspective.

In November 2015 Northampton faced the possibility of liquidation and a very real threat to their 119-year existence. Facing six-figure tax bills and a winding-up petition hearing, the club was saved by businessman Kelvin Thomas and a £10.25m loan from Northampton Borough Council.

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It was the beginning of a remarkable turn of events which culminated in going on a long unbeaten run en route to the Sky Bet League Two title under Chris Wilder, who has since left for Sheffield United. The defeat at Chesterfield on Saturday was the first time Northampton had suffered a league defeat in 32 games.

United arrive at Sixfields this evening on the back of three successive losses in the past week and know an upset in the EFL Cup would be disastrous for a club of their magnitude.

"They'd had a good start to the season and now they've had a tough week," said Northampton manager Rob Page.

"But we can't be thinking about them, it's about us and what we do. This club was borderline administration but the club is in a good place now and we have earned the right to play Manchester United."

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