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League Cup Roundup: Manchester United embarrassed by Milton Keynes, 4-0

Aug 26, 2014, 6:04 PM EST

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Manchester United fans could be forgiven for summoning the spirit of Dante Hicks and bemoaning “I’m not even suppose to be here today.” It was the League Cup second round, a phase the team’s league finish normally allows them to miss, but after an embarrassing result Stadium mk, the Red Devils were given another reminder of how bad things have become.

With two goals each from William Grigg and Benik Afobe, Milton Keynes Dons, currently 51st on the English ladder (League One), posted a 4-0 victory over a United team that included David de Gea, Jonny Evans, Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck, and Javier Hernández. Going 72 minutes without a shot on target, Louis van Gaal’s side exits the competition at this early stage for the first time in 19 years.

To the embarrassment of fans, they did so in what was often comic fashion. The first goal resulted from an Evans giveaway deep in this own half. Failure to hold the ball also allowed Ben Reeves to set up Afobe’s first, while a Marnick Vermijl giveaway (succeeded by three poor tackles) allowed MK Dons to pile on the feeble favorite.

In the long run, being rid of the League Cup may prove a blessing for a rebuilding squad, but on a day that started with elation, Manchester United was handed one of its most striking results in recent memory. For as bad as things got under David Moyes, the Scot never delivered this kind of result.

The loss was so bad, United blog The Busby Baby posted a nine-word review: “Help us, Angel di Maria. You’re our only hope.” The only thing accompanying the analysis? A video titled “The Exploding Whale.”

Other Premier League results

United wasn’t the only top-tier side to bow out early:

  • After penalty kicks, West Ham United lost at the Boleyn Ground, with third-tier Sheffield United scoring another upset for League One (1-1).
  • Andrew Mangan’s first half goal for Shrewsbury Town allowed the fourth division side to win at Leicester City (1-0), …
  • while a late penalty converted by Atdhe Nuhiu saw Sheffield Wednesday down Burnley, 1-0.

Elsewhere:

  • West Brom got the better of their trip to penalty kicks, defeating Oxford United 7-6 after extra time ended at 1-1;
  • Bafetimbi Gomis’s first competitive goal for Swansea City put Garry Monk’s team into the third round (1-0);
  • Southampton’s first victory under Ronald Koeman saw Saints win at Millwall (2-0);
  • John Egan’s own goal allowed Newcastle to claim a 1-0 result at Gillingham;
  • while Crystal Palace got a hat trick from Dwight Gayle in a 3-0 win at Walsall.

Full results

Port Vale 2-3 Cardiff City
Middlesbrough 3-1 Preston North End
Huddersfield Town 0-2 Nottingham Forest
Swansea City 1-0 Rotherham United
Watford 1-2 Doncaster Rovers
Millwall 0-2 Southampton
AFC Bournemouth 3-0 Northampton Town
Brentford 0-1 Fulham
Scunthorpe 0-1 Reading
Derby County 1-0 Charlton Athletic
West Ham United 1-1 (p.k., 4-5) Sheffield United
Swindon Town 2-3 (a.e.t) Brighton & Hove Albion
Leicester City 0-1 Shrewsbury Town
Crewe Alexandra 2-3 (a.e.t.) Bolton Wanderers
Gillingham 0-1 Newcastle United
Norwich City 2-1 Crawley Town
Nurley 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Walsall 0-3 Crystal Palace
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Oxford United
Milton Keynes Dons 4-0 Manchester United

Wednesday’s matches

Burton Albion vs. Queens Park Rangers
Stoke City vs. Portsmouth
Birmingham City vs. Sunderland
Bradford City vs. Leeds United
Aston Villa vs. Leyton Orient

  1. dws110 - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Jonny Evans is still a jerk for what he did to Stu Holden. No, I won’t get over it and you can’t make me.

    • mikeevergreen - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      And so is Nigel deJong, and for the exact same reason. He plays for Manchester Disjointed now.

  2. vespajet - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    And Newcastle still can’t find the back of the net on their own….

  3. medic0nduty - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    #cutforunited

  4. Ian's Rushtache - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Did not watch the games, but me thinks some of the writers are rethinking their backing of United this year.

  5. braxtonrob - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Awesomeness.

  6. 1killa - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Where that punk@.s naveydavee hiding under your bed from the Big Bad league one club.

    Who’s the Don?

    Milton Keys

  7. lordfletcher - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Heartbreaking day to be a reddevil. Luckily, its the start of the year but this couldn’t be going any worse without injuries.

    Sell the obvious dead weight now.

    Time to cry myself to sleep

    • mazblast - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      Acceptance is the first step to recovery.

  8. navyeoddavee9 - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    1killa: first, 30 years in the Navy, protecting punks like YOU, second, WTF are you rambling about, I’m an EVERTON fan, my grandparents came here from Liverpool, so you punk, are an idiot

    • mikeevergreen - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      How do you emigrate from Liverpool to Manchester?

    • 1killa - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      A navy pansy huh? step up to the front-line then you may puff your chest.So you are an Everton supporter on this site,How convenient of you to support different clubs on various footy websites.

  9. renhoekk2 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Anybody else getting the impression that somebody at ManU sold the club’s soul for all of that success, and now the payment has come due?

  10. navyeoddavee9 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    My grandparents came to the States from Liverpool, I live in San Diego Ca, whole family are Toffee supporters, retired from US Navy, make it over to England about twice a year to watch Everton games

    • mazblast - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Football aside, thank you for your service. I just spent a few days in SD, where my brother lives, and I have one question–Is there any place to PARK in the whole city? :)

      I don’t have a preferred PL side, but I am leaning towards Everton because I like the not-totally-outgunned type of underdog.

  11. navyeoddavee9 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Don’t know where killa got the Man U crap, I comment on Liverpool articles, cause I’m an Evertonian and I commented on Moyes when he failed at United

  12. navyeoddavee9 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Killa: why don’t you goggle US Navy EOD, that’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal, 6 tours in Iraq/Afghanistan for this “pansy” plus I’m not on any other site, or go by any other name, tough guy, but going by your name “killa” I guess you are in the pest control business, so do me a favor, don’t confuse me with someone I’m not,

  13. navyeoddavee9 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Also, Dave is a pretty common name, in England and the United States, also probably a lot of Dave’s in the British and US Navies, who support different teams, and are on different sites, who would have thought it, obviously not you, COYB.

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