Man Utd’s defeat by MK Dons: ‘Borders on the disgraceful’
“Manchester United were so poor it beggared belief. Staggering in their ineptitude, they were beaten in every facet of this football game.”
That was how BBC Radio 5 live pundit Steve Claridge described United’s 4-0 defeat by League One side Milton Keynes Dons.
Just hours after breaking the British transfer record in signing Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria for £59.7m, Manchester United suffered a humiliating Capital One Cup second-round exit to a side two divisions below them.
With the help of the BBC live text commentary and punditry, we take you through where it went wrong for Louis van Gaal’s team – and the reaction to the humbling defeat.
1-0 – Grigg’s opening gambit
BBC Sport live text commentary: My word, this is not what Louis van Gaal wants or needs as Will Grigg gives MK Dons the lead. Jonny Evans passes the ball straight to MK Dons and Grigg gleefully sweeps home.
Claridge: “There are too many United players not doing their jobs – asking for defensive cover and they can’t do their job themselves. Awful mistake.”
2-0 – Chest majestic
Disastrous stuff for Manchester United as they fall even further behind! They give the ball away just inside their own half and MK Dons break before Ben Reeves crosses for Will Grigg who chests home from close range. MK Dons are in dreamland.
Claridge: “Griggs has chested the ball in and who is the closest Manchester United player to him? Anderson. Three centre-halves and Anderson is the closest to a player scoring in the middle of the goal. That gives you some understanding about how they understand the system. Well done MK Dons but where are the three centre-halves?”
3-0 – Afobe off the mark
This is amazing. Utterly amazing. Benik Afobe has been on the pitch a matter of seconds and he has scored the goal that surely means there is no way back for Manchester United. Ben Reeves puts the player on loan from Arsenal through and he sweeps home
Claridge: “Manchester United are not being beaten, they are getting thrashed, incredible. These players are clearly not good enough. Why you would play them here and in this system beggars belief.”