Under new manger Louis van Gaal, Manchester United is expected to do far better than they did last year under David Moyes. But if that’s to become a reality, things better turn around quickly – especially after the embarrassing 4-0 loss that Man U suffered to the MK Dons tonight.
Based in Milton Keynes, the Dons are only a third-division team, making their shutout victory over Man U a shocking upset. The unthinkable upset started brewing in the 25h minute when Will Grigg netted a shot. He then added another goal in the 63rd minute, which really brought about panic to the Manchester side.
Things only got worse, though, when Benik Afobe added a third goal in the 74th minute. As if the route wasn’t already embarrassing enough for the 20-time English Premier League champs, Afobe added his second score in the 84th minute, thus completing the 4-0 route.
This was supposed to be a joyous occasion for Manchester United since they recently acquired Angel di Maria for a record transfer fee of £59.7 million. Instead, it was a humiliating loss that has many questioning just how van Gaal’s team is in this position.
Those looking for answers will find it in Manchester’s shaky defending. Jonny Evans, who’s coming off an injury, exemplified this poor defense by giving the ball away to Grigg for the first score. Afobe’s second score (last of the match) also showed just how poorly Man U played as he busted through three weak challenges on his way to the goal.
Another problem is that van Gaal rested his big-name players like Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in order to get young players some experience. On any other night, this decision might have been a mute point. But given the 4-0 loss, many will pick apart the manager’s decision to sit his stars.
Even with their second team in, Manchester United should have dominated this contest. The MK Dons looked uncomfortable and shocked in the beginning, especially given how they were up against a far more talented squad. However, the team settled in and developed some confidence after the first Grigg score. They were then able to maintain pace until Grigg added his second goal. Then Afobe iced the match with his two goals later on.
If there’s any positive to take away from all of this, it’s that van Gaal can’t expect any worse from his club. They’ve opened with a 2-1 loss to Swansea City, a 1-1 tie to Sunderland and now a 4-0 loss to the MK Dons. The latter result will leave Man U fans stinging until the team can string together some meaningful wins.