|Giggs can't watch as Grigg puts United to shame|
A brace each from Will Grigg and Arsenal loanee Benik Afobe saw the 10-year-old club hand Manchester United one of their most embarrassing defeats in history.
United manager Louis van Gaal rang the changes into the team that drew 1-1 at Sunderland on the weekend with goalkeeper David de Gea the only man retained.
It was a strong lineup nevertheless captained by the returning Johnny Evans who was slotted in the defence alongside Michael Keane who made his first league appearance for senior squad in the Sunderland game. Brazilian Anderson, Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck all got the nod.
The home team were strong from the off but looked equally vulnerable when United had the ball. However, with 25 minutes on the clock, the MK Dons stadium erupted after Grigg pounced on a Johnny Evan’s error to slot home and make it 1-0 at the half time whistle.
Karl Robinson’s side made it 2-0 three minutes after the hour mark, Grigg chesting Ben Reeves’ pinpoint cross from the left wing pats De Gea. The Don’s fans must have thought they were wallowing in dreams when Afobe made it 3-0 seven minutes later, the on loan Arsenal man picking up from Griggs, the man he’d replaced.
The Red Devils’ struggled to trouble David Martin in the Dons’ goal until the 72nd minute when he was forced to palm away James Wilson’s stunning strike from 20 yards in what was United’s first shot on target. Adnan Januzaj rattled the post immediately after and Wilson forced Martin to another stunning save as United searched for a consolation goal.
However, the tide shifted and Afobe made it 4-0 with 6 minutes to go as United, who were playing at this level for the first time in 19 years, crushed out.
The ignominious defeat extended Van Gaal’s poor start at United with the Dutch manager yet to register a win. On a night that the club’s fans should have been celebrating the arrival of club and British record signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, they were left scratching their heads, biting their fingers, pulling their hairs and wondering in silence if this is really a new era or a continuation of the forgettable David Moyes era.
As United next travel to promoted side Burnley on Saturday afternoon for their next assignment, anything other than three points for the 20-time league champions and van Gaal would need to say a lot more than the “I have no regrets,” he told Sky Sports after the mortification he suffered against the club two division below them.
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