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August 26, 2014
• Stadium mk, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Referee: S. Attwell
• Attendance: 26969
Milton Keynes Dons
W. Grigg 25', 63'
B. Afobe 70', 84'
That's my cue folks, it's been a pleasure. I'm Keeghann Sinanan, signing off.
The Red Devils got what was coming to them after a sloppy display. No Champions League and now no Capital One Cup. Only two trophies already left on offer for Van Gaal.
United's early season has suddenly careened off a cliff. I'm glad that I'm not one of their players in the dressing room now - though I would pay a king's ransom to be a fly in the wall there for the next half hour.
Scalps don't get much bigger than this. MK Dons humiliate Manchester United with a fully deserved 4-0 win. A brace each from Grigg and Afobe put the visitors to the sword, and who's to say that they don't have another giant-killing escapade in them?
90' + 4'
That's all she wrote!
90' + 2'
We're near the end of added time here as Anderson swings an effort into the stands. Nothing's dampening the spirit of the crowd here! I doubt that Van Gaal will be so magnanimous in the privacy of the dressing room.
So the Dons are on the verge of making it past the third round of the Capital One cup for the first ever time in their history. And who's to say that they don't deserve it? What a game for them.
Wilson has at least been positive off the bench, as he cones within inches of getting United off the mark, but Wilson, who has not put a finger out of place tonight, makes a wonderful sprawling save.
There's nowhere for United to hide. Huge credit to Karl Robinson for his substitutions though. Two of his introductions combined to devastating effect. Green twice set up Afobe to score, just like Reeves did to Grigg earlier.
Assist Danny Green
Goal Benik Afobe
AFOBE! MAGNIFICENT! A goal borne out of SHEER HUSTLE. He muscles his way past three defenders, each time fighting off challenges that saw him almost lose the ball. he pops up in front of De Gea and neatly stabs it into the back of the net!
UNITED RATTLE THE WOODWORK! Januzaj picks up the loose ball in the box and goes for the spectacular. It very nearly comes off, but with an audible THUD, it takes a chunk of paint off the outside of the post.
It's a run of some quality from Wilson who drives directly past his man, opening up tons of space on the counter. Too bad his final ball didn't match his buildup though, as he sprays a pass that takes Hernandez too far away from goal.
An outstanding night for MK Dons almost gets even better! De Gea nearly wets the bed. A cross from the left suddenly swerves towards him, and he awkwardly pushes it away. it looked for a second like he had spilled it over the line, but replays showed that he kept it out in the end.
There's been another booking by the way, as Kay takes one for the team, riding into Januzaj. Moments later, Hernandez is a little too elaborate with his finish, stabbing it wide.
POWELL NEARLY MAKES IT FOUR! Had his first touch been better, it may well have been! As it was though, he raced onto a through pass but his control took him at too much of an angle, meaning that his shot was within the range of De Gea.
Yellow Card Antony Kay
Januzaj delivers a threatening corner, but no one in a red shirt can get on the end of it. United with the reaction of a wounded beast here. The Dons will do well to weather this storm.
WILSON NEARLY PULLS ONE BACK! He spotted his target from well outside the box and unleashed a superb, dipping shot towards the far corner, but Martin springs across to make an equally special save!
Assist Danny Green
Goal Benik Afobe
AFOBE DOES IT RIGHT AWAY! The Arsenal loanee sticks it to his parent club's rivals! He races off the ball past his marker to latch onto another pinpoint through pass. All he needs is one touch to slot it under De Gea. AGAIN, the chance came from a United giveaway!
The end of an unforgettable evening for Grigg. He gets the reception that he deserves from the home fans, as he departs for Afobe, who has joined the Dons on a season-long loan from Arsenal.
Hernandez serves up a low cross to the feet of Welbeck, but he can't apply the smash to put it through the net. United can still get hearts racing with a goal, but they've been second best in this game.
United are staring down the barrel of elimination already. they have no one but themselves to blame. I mentioned pre-match that Grigg would be the Dons' key man but even after his two goals, my standout performer has been Reeves. Two excellent assists.
Assist Ben Reeves
Goal William Grigg
THE DONS HAVE A SECOND! What cheek! United once again give away the ball in a bad area and that gets the hosts going on the counter. it's the same combo as the opener again, as Reeves clips in a great cross towards Grigg, who simply chests it into the back of the net! Bravo!
The Dons make their second substitution and it's a welcome relief from a strong spell of United pressure. Carruthers takes his leave and on comes Green. One more time for the road - SCATMAN Carruthers!
BIG CHANCE! Pereira shimmies his way to the blindside of his marker, a gap to feed Welbeck. The strike lets the ball run across his body before lashing one towards the bottom corner, but it zips just the wrong side of Martin's left hand post! Close shave!
Two subs one after the other. Powell steps in to take the place of Bowditch, before United bring off their own Powell, introducing Wilson in his place. With two goals in his senior debut against Hull at the end of last season, Wilson may be the man to spark the revival.
James Anthony Wilson
What an anticlimax. The ball wasn't in shooting range, but Pereira went for glory anyway. it never looked like dipping down in time to nestle into the top corner. Needs to make a wiser decision next time.
Dean Peter Bowditch
Dangerous free kick for the home side to give away, as Scatman Carruthers fouls Welbeck right on the edge of the box. United get their targets in position as Pereira lines it up...
United are beginning to get a handle on things again after a shaky beginning to the half. The next goal will be VITAL. If MK Dons score it, I can't see United fighting back. If United grab it though, then I feel like their momentum will carry then to another.
James gets his name taken for taking out Baldock. Going back to that penalty no-call, well, Evans is having a mare isn't he? The captain for the night might be the worst performer on the pitch, directly to blame for one goal and coming within a refereeing oversight and a steely nerve from 12 yards from coughing up another.
Yellow Card Reece James
THAT WAS A PENALTY! MK Dons are denied a chance at a second, unfairly it has to be said. The ball clearly struck the hands of Evans inside the box, but the referee waved play on!
De Gea looks to be up a creek without a paddle when he gets a back pass with two MK Dons players closing him down. It looks like he's about to get his pocket picked but, cool as you like, he finds the gap to Vermijl, who was supporting on the right.
Evans attempts to make amends for his earlier blunder by attacking a near post corner, but it's deflected by Lewington for another corner on the same side. United's big boys stay forward, but to no avail as the delivery is poor. The hosts can reset.
One change to report from the half time break. Janko's competitive United debut ends at the interval, as the 18-year-old Pereira takes his place. This moves Januzaj into a wider role. MK Dons stick with their same XI, and why wouldn't they after that first half?
Here we go again!
MK Dons are daring to dream here. They profited from a terrible Evans mistake to take the lead and are good value for it. They ave repelled what little United have thrown their way.
The half time break comes at a much needed time for United. They've completely lost their rhythm after a bright start and are in some danger here. I can't pick out a single impressive performer from their ranks.
45' + 2'
The two added minutes are up without incident, and we've reached half time.
The passing has got to improve in the second half from a United point of view. Having said that, Lewington gets his wires crossed as he plays a through ball that picks out neither Reeves nor Grigg.
United fail to make a corner count, and that may spell the end of their chances for one half. The really need a slap in the face at the break, and Van Gaal is just the manager to oblige.
The match as a whole has been taken off the boil as we approach half time. You get the feeling that the hosts will want nothing more than to take this one goal lead into the break, regroup and reemerge with a fresh plan as to how to protect it.
The Dons are making United work for their corn at the moment. They are quite happy passing the ball among their defenders and deeper midfielders, going all the way back to Martin when needed just to keep the visitors huffing and puffing after the ball.
It's all dropped down a rung or two for United since the opening 15 minutes. Once, it seemed only a matter of time before they scored. Now, MK Dons look comfortable sitting on this one goal lead.
Powell has another go from outside the area and he connects with his latest attempt sweetly, but his impeccable technique with the outside of his boot can't make the ball bend on target.
The Dons certainly aren't shy dialing in from long distance. Carruthers is the latest to have a crack from range, with a volley slapped right down the throat of De Gea. It's looking good for the home side at this point.
United are eager to get back on level footing quickly, but it's all too rushed for them at the moment. They're going for the killer ball to slice through the defence, but the MK Dons back line are having no problem reading their intentions and winning the ball back.
Yet another trying moment for the Van Gaal era. Off the pitch, Di Maria's signing is the latest jewel in a summer of big spending but on it, Kagawa doesn't seem like the only one who hasn't gotten to grips with the Dutch manager's football philosophy so far.
You would not have expected that from Evans, who is the senior member of the defence tonight and is also captaining the side. That really was some third division level defending, no offence to the Dons!
Assist Ben Reeves
Goal William Grigg
MK Dons draw first blood! Presented on a platter by United! Evans makes a dangerous attempt to pass out of defence, and Reeves picks up the pieces near the byline. It's all helter skelter at the back, but Reeves keeps his head and slides it to the open Grigg, who slots it in!
Lewington cracks one over the top of the bar after being urged to shoot from the crowd. Meanwhile, we have word on Kagawa's condition via Sky. He's been reported as suffering from a mild concussion, and has also complained of blurred vision. No surprise, that was a thick blow to the head that he took!
Reeves gets the better of Anderson, who gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar inside his own half. Grigg begins a diagonal run, but before Reeves can pick him out, Anderson puffs back to the edge of his box to clean up his original mistake.
Alli gets away with a rush of blood. He goes straight into Powell, clattering the midfielder, but the referee only calls the foul. Meanwhile, that's the end of the game for Kagawa, who has been struggling since taking that blow from Potter. Shame for him in what looks to be a rare start. On comes Januzaj.
Really impressive stiff from the home side in the past few minutes as they keep United mostly penned in their own half defending. They'll need to apply a greater cutting edge if they hope to grab a goal though.
A moment of hesitation in the United ranks see MK Dons sniff at half a chance. James and De Gea don't get their orders across in time, and Grigg nearly has the opportunity to steal in between the pair to latch onto a looping header. As it was though, the United keeper was first to the ball.
Not good enough from Grigg. Alli played a great pass to isolate the striker against Evans on the right hand side, but with two white shirts moving centrally, he doesn't even lift his head before whacking an aimless ball into the shins of the defender.
Potter gets the Dons' first shot of the game, cracking a half-volley well over the top of the bar. It's still something positive from the hosts after United looked to be on the threshold of an opening goal.
Well, Kagawa makes me eat my words! He picks up possession high in midfield, and has Welbeck on his bike in front of him. He plays a good through ball that the striker beats his marker to, but Martin read the danger well and was off his line just in time to smother.
Kagawa goes to the sidelines to get patched up but all signs point to him being OK to continue. He's being played in his favoured role tonight, the Japanese, slotting in the hole just behind Hernandez and Welbeck. He'll be lucky to get much more early starts this season, with Van Gaal revealing that the Japanese hasn't bought in to his footballing philosophy.
The referee stops the game with Kagawa down holding his head. He looks to have got the worst of an aerial challenge with Potter. Looked like a nasty crunch. The physios are on deck to help him out.
MK Dons are having a terrible time trying to establish themselves in this game. They can't hold on to the ball for more than three or four passes before United win it back and start their carousel all over again.
NOT TOO FAR! James plays in Powell at the top of the box, and he needs no second invitation to shoot from there! However, it whistles just shy of the top corner. United keep the pressure on from the restart and Hernandez has a shot deflected off target.
Alli is the first to really get the crowd on their feet, moving towards the right byline, but James gets in his way. Moments later, the game is halted as Lewington goes down, and takes his time getting back up.
We're off! The Dons get us started.
No Champions League for United this term, so I think that they might put a little more weight behind this competition. They were defeated by Sunderland in a penalty shootout at the semi-final stage last season, so Van Gaal will be hoping for his team to go at least one step further. MK Dons will be looking to advance past the third round for the first ever time.
The Dons, meanwhile, have made a positive start to their season, with seven points from four games seeing them to seventh in the League One table. Their aim is promotion from England's third tier, and any kind of damage that they can inflict on United will be a great boost this early in the season.
After a sterling pre-season where United won all their games en route to winning the International Champions Cup, the Red Devils have yet to register a competitive win under Van Gaal. A shock 2-1 loss at Old Trafford to Swansea was followed by a 1-1 draw at Sunderland. The Dutch manager has already demanded improvement from his charges.
Jonn Evans will skipper the visitors tonight, and there's a host of younger names eager to stake a claim for a regular place in the matchday squad. Reece James and Saidy Jaiko make their competitive United debuts, while Belgian Marnick Vermijl lines up in the right back slot.
Louis van Gaal has shuffled his pack. In come a host of names who, if you believe the rumours, were supposed to be gone from the Red Devils by this point. Case in point - tonight's striking duo of Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, and midfielders Shinji Kagawa and Anderson.
For the home side, a lot will depend on Will Grigg. The forward, on loan from Brentford, will be up top on his own against a three man United defence. You would expect the hosts to play on the counter, so he will be looking to probe gaps to run into whenever he can. Central defender Dean Lewington wears the armband for MK Dons.
MK Dons (4-2-3-1): Martin; Baldock, Lewington, Kay, McFadzean; Alli, Potter; Bowditch, Reeves, Carruthers; Grigg.
Manchester United: (3-4-1-2): De Gea; M Keane, Evans, Vermijl; James, Powell, Anderson, Janko; Kagawa; Hernandez, Welbeck.
We've got the teams just around the corner. I can confirm that there is no Angel Di Maria in the Manchester United squad. Sorry.
Greetings everyone, and welcome to another season of Capital One Cup action, as MK Dons take on Manchester United. I'm Keeghann Sinanan, your designated scribe for all the action.
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