In a massive upset, the MK Dons knocked Manchester United out of the Capital One Cup with a 4-0 victory.
The League One team were led by William Grigg and Benik Afobe, who scored two goals each in the dramatic win.
Even after managing just one point in their first two English Premier League matches, most expected Manchester United to have an easy time advancing in the League Cup after an obviously inferior team.
Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph notes the difference between the two squads:
However, the home squad had different ideas. After a strong start to the match, MK Dons got onto the scoresheet in the 25th minute when Grigg placed a good shot into the corner of the net.
This led to a halftime score that surprised almost everyone:
HT: MK Dons 1-0 Manchester United (No, that is not a typo.)— B/R Football (@br_football) August 26, 2014
Despite the shocking beginning, Winter explained why this early start was not a fluke:
Grigg then doubled the lead in the second half in the 63rd minute on a chested shot past David De Gea. Janusz Michallik of ESPN was impressed by the goal:
This is something else. Some finish from Grigg.— Janusz Michallik (@JanuszESPN) August 26, 2014
Bleacher Report's Will Tidey enforced that this score was not an accident:
MK Dons have bought this success. Bought it.— Will Tidey (@willtidey) August 26, 2014
Once Afobe scored in the 70th and 84th minute, it was clear the upset would be completed to knock Manchester United out of the tournament. Fox Soccer Trax relived the emotions on the third goal:
Afobe simply goes right round the man and slots home with ease. United are going out of the League Cup in a massive, massive cupset.— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) August 26, 2014
At this point, the jokes were on as United's expense. Manchester City's Edin Dzeko did not have to elaborate on his reaction:
Hahahaha 😂😂😂😂— Edin Džeko (@EdDzeko) August 26, 2014
If the club wanted reinforcements, both Emmanuel Frimpong and Usain Bolt were ready to offer their services:
Might turn up at United tomorrow for trials— Emmanuel Y Frimpong. (@IAMFRIMPONG26) August 26, 2014
Dialing........— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 26, 2014
Brooks Peck of Dirty Tackle joked that the club would stop playing sports altogether:
Press Release: Manchester United will cease all football operations and begin selling decorative vases with immediate effect.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) August 26, 2014
On a more serious note, Alice McKeegan of the Manchester Evening News believes the pressure will start to mount for Louis van Gaal:
Van Gaal's post-match press conference will be interesting. Utterly woeful. Expect some players played their last game for #mufc tonight.— Alice McKeegan (@amckeeganMEN) August 26, 2014
Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated provided a likely explanation for the former Netherlands manager:
MK Dons 2:0 Manchester United. Expecting Van Gaal will say he thinks League Cup is about as important as World Cup 3rd-place game.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) August 26, 2014
No matter what the excuse, it is clear this has become one of the biggest upsets ever, as noted by Fox Soccer Trax:
Anyone who bet a pound on MK Dons to win 4-0 has now collected £550, by the way.— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) August 26, 2014
Before the match, club chairman Pete Winkelman told Sky Sports:
It's the biggest game in the club's history and what a great time to get them as well. It's going to be a new-look United, the whole world will be looking at it and we can't wait to welcome them to Milton Keynes.
We've been trying to get the stadium finished and it's only in the last year we've been able to put all out 30,000 comfortable seats in and I am sure all the United fans who come will have a fantastic night and enjoy the spectacle of football. We just can't wait to put the show on the road.
Obviously, the team lived up to the excitement and will be able to celebrate the biggest win in club history.
As for Manchester United, things continue to get worse in the post-Alex Ferguson era. Last season was miserable under David Moyes and this one is not off to a better start with Van Gaal.
While the addition of Angel di Maria will certainly help, he will not solve the defensive problems that have been on display in recent matches. They will have to turn things around quickly before the supporters call for more changes.
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