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
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.
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