BEIJING — Manchester United will begin the defense of its League Cup title with a home game against second-tier Burton Albion in the week commencing Sept. 18.

The official draw for the third round was staged in the Chinese capital on Thursday, before dawn in Britain.

Manchester City, the 2014 winners, will play away at West Brom, while eight-time winner Liverpool travels to Leicester.

In other third-round matches, Chelsea will host Nottingham Forest and Everton is at home to Sunderland.

The draw was held in Beijing as part of a push to increase the competition’s exposure in Asia. The first-round draw was made in Thailand.