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Having struggled so far to get to grips with their manager's philosophy, Al Hain-Cole expects a young Red Devils side to scrape a win despite failing to impress at the back

As if any reminder were needed, Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash away to MK Dons provides Manchester United with proof of how far they have fallen over the past couple of seasons.

Having failed to qualify for European competition for the first time in 25 years, the Red Devils are 2/5 (1.40) favourites with William Hill to make their Second Round fixture as painless as possible by coming out on top.

On the other hand, tonight’s clash represents a massive opportunity for Karl Robinson’s side, who are on offer at 7/1 (8.00) to claim a famous scalp with a giant-killing in front of their own fans.

The Dons drew 0-0 at home to Coventry in their previous home game at the weekend, and you can get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on them claiming another stalemate against more illustrious opposition this time out.

Having arrived at Old Trafford on a wave of veneration, Louis van Gaal seems to be enduring some teething problems as he seeks to implement his philosophy on an underperforming squad.

The Dutchman’s preference for 3-5-2 and penchant for offering youth a chance has led to a couple of fairly unconvincing performances in the Premier League so far, with the defence in particular looking uncertain as to their instructions.

With Chris Smalling having limped off in the 1-1 draw against Sunderland, Van Gaal may be forced to turn to an even less experienced backline at Stadium mk, making his team even less likely to secure a first clean sheet in six.

However, considering the attacking talent still available at the former Netherlands’ coach’s disposal, it is difficult to imagine them failing to find the net against their League One opponents.

With this in mind, odds of 17/10 (2.70) are surely worth backing on United coming out on top in a match featuring goals at both ends, as has occurred in each of their last five matches.

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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