James Wilson

Manchester United 2-1 Everton

Manchester United overcame Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford to secure back to back home league wins for the first time since November 2013.

Louis Van Gaal’s marquee summer signings won the game for his side with Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao scoring either side of Steven Naismith’s header.

Di Maria opened the scoring with 27 minutes played, sweeping in from just inside the area, assisted by Juan Mata after Phil Jagielka could not efficiently clear a cross from the right.

Naismith lost his marker Rafael to head home Everton’s equalizer from Leighton Baines’ cross 11 minutes into the second half but Falcao’s first goal for Manchester United seven minutes later proved to be the winner.

The Colombian was on his toes to pounce on Di Maria’s low shot and beat Tim Howard who had little chance of keeping it out.

Angel of the North: Di Maria celebrates his goal.

Angel of the North: Di Maria celebrates his goal.

It could have been an entirely different story however as Baines had a penalty saved in first half stoppage time.

Tony Hibbert was brought down in the box by Luke Shaw but David De Gea saved the spot-kick which was too near the centre of the goal.

United were worthy of their win however, putting Everton on the back foot from the off. Howard having to deny a Falcao header just four minutes in.

They started the second half with the same velocity, Di Maria’s miscued shot was almost turned in by Falcao from close range but there was too much speed on it.

Everton did fashion chances of their own however. Jagielka had a header cleared off the line by Falcao from a corner before a late flurry of chances.

Substitute Leon Osman forced a superb save by De Gea in the closing stages before fellow second half sub Bryan Oviedo’s effort from the edge of box was somehow tipped over the bar by the Spaniard.

Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, McNair, Rojo, Shaw (Blackett ’71), Blind, Valencia (Fellaini ’78), Di Maria, Mata, Falcao (Wilson ’73), Van Persie

Subs not used:  Lindegaard, Thorpe, Fletcher, Januzaj

Everton: Howard, Hibbert (Browning ’77), Jagielka, Stones, Baines, Barry, Besic, Pienaar (Oviedo ’64), McGeady (Osman ’77), Naismith, Lukaku

Subs not used: Joel, Gibson, Eto’o, Alcaraz

Man of the match: Angel Di Maria

MK Dons 4-0 Manchester United

Manchester United’s woeful start to life with Louis Van Gaal got even worse as League One side MK Dons cruised to a 4-0 win at Stadium:MK.

Braces from on loan Brentford outcast Will Grigg and Benik Afobe, also on loan from Arsenal inflicted one of the most embarrassing results in Manchester United’s recent history.

The rout began 26 minutes in when a terrible pass by Jonny Evans was intercepted by Ben Reeves who cut it back for Grigg for a simple tap in.

Grigg doubled the Dons’ lead with 63 minutes played, attempting to shoulder in a cross but what turned out to be a chested effort was bundled in, the cross again provided by Reeves.

It went from bad to worse for the visitors when Afobe slotted in a third with 20 minutes left, once again Reeves the provider in what was a surprisingly easy day at the office for him.

Afobe completed the demolition when he fired home from the centre of the box to the right hand side of the goal six minutes before the final whistle.

Super Sub: Arsenal loanee came on for Grigg and bagged a brace himself

Super Sub: Arsenal loanee came on for Grigg and bagged a brace himself

Milton Keynes Dons, who finished 10th in England’s third tier last season, also had a clear penalty shout turned down in the second half with Evans guilty of a hand ball in the area.

Manchester United were woeful throughout, the likes of Anderson, Danny Welbeck an Javier Hernandez did nothing to convince Van Gaal that they merit selection in the Premier League.

Van Gaal’s Red Devils were experiencing hell themselves on a miserable night in Milton Keynes, having just four shots on target all game, all of which coming once they had gone behind and the first coming as late as an hour in.

Clueless: Van Gaal wrote lots of notes but could not figure out the answers.

Clueless: Van Gaal wrote lots of notes but could not figure out the answers.

Substitute James Wilson had the closest chance for the humbled favourites but David Martin handled it well, it was 3-0 by that point.

4-0 did not flatter MK Dons, a club founded as recently as 2004 as a result of Wimbledon FC’s liquidation and the franchise team celebrated their biggest ever attendance of 26,969.

Angel Di Maria was confirmed as a Man United player for a British transfer record of £59.7 million before kick off and the task he has on his hands to return his new club to the top is clear to him now if it wasn’t already.

MK Dons: Martin, Baldock, Lewington, Kay, McFadzean, Alli, Potter, Bowditch (Powell ’56), Reeves, Carruthers (Green ’61), Grigg (Afobe ’68)

Subs not used: McLoughlin, Spence, Randall, Hitchcock, Afobe

Manchester United: De Gea, M Keane, Evans, Vermijl, James, Powell (Wilson ’57) Janko (Pereira ’45), Anderson, Hernandez, Kagawa (Januzaj ’20) Welbeck

Subs not used: Amos, McNair, Thorpe, Zaha

Man of the match: Will Grigg