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MK Dons humiliate United in new low

VAN-GAAL-DONSMILTON KEYNES, August 26- Manchester United sank to new depths on Tuesday when they crashed out of the League Cup in the second round following a 4-0 defeat at third-division Milton Keynes Dons.

United had announced the signing of Angel di Maria from Real Madrid in a British-record £59.7 million ($98 million, 75 million euros) deal shortly before kick-off, but they were brought down to earth with a painful bump as a second-string team fell apart at Stadium MK.

Will Grigg scored either side of half-time for the League One side before substitute Benik Afobe added a brace of his own to leave a shell-shocked Louis van Gaal still searching for his first competitive win as United manager.

“It’s a matter of making errors at the wrong moment. When you see the goals against us, we made big errors in the build-up situations that you cannot make,” van Gaal told Sky Sports.

“You don’t have to forget that we have nine injuries and that we had a very young team. I have seen them trying to do their utmost best, so you cannot expect more of the players.”

Asked if he had a message for United’s fans, van Gaal said: “They have to believe in our philosophy. We are building up a team and you cannot make it in one month, not in one year.

“Of course it’s very disappointing, but I hope they shall maintain their confidence in the club and our philosophy because that philosophy takes time.”

United’s defeat mirrored what had happened on their last appearance in the second round in 1995, when they fell to third-tier York City, and means a potential path to silverware has been shut off before the end of August.

“I’m a little bit in shock, to be walking around and seeing the scoreline,” said MK Dons manager Karl Robinson.

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“It’s ridiculous. It’s something that dreams are made of for these players.”

– Evans blunder –

Van Gaal made 10 changes to his starting XI, with goalkeeper David de Gea the only player to hold onto his place from Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Sunderland in the Premier League.

The visitors received an early setback when Shinji Kagawa had to go off after a clash of heads and in the 25th minute they gifted their hosts the lead.

Jonny Evans, United’s captain for the day, passed the ball straight to Ben Reeves inside his own area and the Dons number 10 squared to Grigg for a simple tap-in.

The home side were aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty early in the second half when a shot from Dean Bowditch struck Evans on the arm, but in the 63rd minute they added a second goal.

After United again conceded possession cheaply, Grigg sprayed a pass wide to Reeves, who crossed for Grigg to beat De Gea with an outrageous chested finish from 10 yards.

There was more misery to come for United, whose seventh-place finish last season was their worst since 1990.

With 20 minutes remaining, Reeves displayed his disdain for the visiting defence with a showy no-look through-ball to on-loan Arsenal striker Afobe, who held his nerve to sweep the ball past De Gea.

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Belatedly, United rallied, with Adnan Januzaj hitting the post, but with six minutes left Afobe charged through three weak challenges before slamming home to complete a humiliating night for English football’s misfiring giants.

United were one of four Premier League teams to fall to lower-league opposition on Tuesday.

Promoted sides Leicester City and Burnley were both beaten 1-0 at home, with the former going down to fourth-tier Shrewsbury Town and the latter losing to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

West Ham United lost 5-4 on penalties at home to third-tier Sheffield United following a 1-1 draw, while West Bromwich Albion edged fourth-tier Oxford United 7-6 in a penalty shootout.

However, Newcastle United, Southampton, Swansea City and Crystal Palace all made it through to round three.

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  1. rao

    October 12, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Kudos Safina. Show them the way. ODM has cowardly handled the issue of Rebels from within.  Simply follow the Party rules and Parties Act and take a position as Safina has shown.  And when will those elections be held??? 

    • Honey

      October 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      Didn’t ODM throw out Isaac Ruto & co. yet IIEC over ruled it? Martha Karua filed for expulsion of Sonko and Kabogo but when ODM did the same for the rebels, they were ‘wrong’
      Anyway if this was ODM, we would be hearing ‘Raila is a dictator, ODM doesn’t allow divergent views’ Kudos wouldn’t feature anywhere. Oh the double standards!!!!

  2. Vintokim17

    October 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

    everybody as a democratic right to support whoever he wishes for any elective position including the presidency.these cowards should oil their campaign machinery and campaign for their candidate without engaging us in mediocrity. Muite is trying all means to resurrect a party that is now officially dead in central Kenya.


    October 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    We residents of MATHIRA never elected the so called safina as a party. we elected Hon Maina for his vision and we would still elect him even as an independent candidate, The so called safina or whatever it is has no following in Mathira and we dont even know what it stands for, Its a case of sour grapes as  the party is likely to loose the MP who has deep pockets,,it simply shows what we should expect when parties are led by characters of dubious distinction..

  4. Tony Airo

    October 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Yes the safina party officials and members, this is how to do it how to do it, every law passed in this country must be respected by all.

  5. Francis

    October 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I did not know that i would live long enough to see Muite  “EXPEL” people from a dead party.Muite will not win the councilor’s sit in Kikuyu leave alone presidency.Which presidential elections have been held that Maina has “supported another candidate?”.Muite should get a life-stop the nonsense/KANU stuff and accept a bitter reality that he is the MOST IRRELEVANT person today in central/national politics.Abusing the police/first family as a career will not take him anywhere-IT IS CHILDISH/JUVENILE AND DEMEANING of your education/profession.

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