Manchester United suffers Embarrassing 4-0 Loss to MK Dons

manchester-united-mk-donsUnder 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.

benik-afobe-mk-donsThis 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.

English Premier League Betting: Manchester United dominates LA Galaxy 7-0

manchester-united-la-galaxyLast season was definitely one to forget for Manchester United as the soccer powerhouse struggled to a 19-12-7 record (W-L-D), good for seventh place in the English Premier League. This meant that Man U missed out on Europa League qualification for the first time since 1989 – a year in which all English teams were banned from European competitions due to the Heysel Stadium disaster. So it’s safe to say that if you were doing much Manchester United betting last year, it wasn’t your finest hour.

Anyways, things figure to be far different this time around since Man U fired David Moyes and replaced him with Louis van Gaal. The Netherlands head man has had limited work with his new club team after leading the Dutch to third place in the 2014 World Cup. But you wouldn’t know it from the way that they dominated the L.A. Galaxy 7-0 during a Guinness International Champions Cup match.

Danny Welbeck got the scoring started by nailing an early first-half goal. Then English star Wayne Rooney opened the floodgates by scoring two more goals late in the first half. Ashley Young and Reece James added two goals apiece in the second half to complete the dominating victory.

manchester-united-la-galaxy-1The Galaxy certainly doesn’t have the talent of some of the top English Premier League teams. Even still, Man U’s 7-0 win immediately puts confidence into the van Gaal era. The 62-year-old coach hopes to restore Manchester back to its glory after suffering a one-year setback in Moyes’ only season.

Currently, van Gaal is still trying to adjust to being Man U’s head man after spending most of his summer in Brazil. The ex-Bayern Munich coach hopes to spend more time around Old Trafford next summer to prepare his team.

One thing that he doesn’t like this summer is having to take a lengthy preseason tour in the United States. Van Gaal believes that it is cutting even more into preparation time for the English Premier League, which isn’t a good thing considering that he’s already off to a late start. But once again, the dominating victory over the Galaxy shows that Manchester United is at least in tune enough to beat inferior opponents.