Since Sir Alex Ferguson called time on his glittering managerial career in the summer of 2013, Manchester United have endured some crushing lows.
There have been a few highs, too - most notably the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League triumphs - but it’s probably fair to say there have been more lows for the Premier League giants.
They’ve finished seventh, fourth, fifth and sixth since Fergie walked away from Old Trafford - not good enough for a club of United’s stature.
David Moyes’ ill-fated tenure was an unmitigated disaster, of course, but the nadir in this post-Ferguson era arguably occurred on the night of 26 August 2014.
Louis van Gaal had only been in the job for a couple of months when his team produced one of the worst Manchester United performances in living memory at the stadium:mk.
United were humiliated at stadium:mk
Van Gaal’s men were hammered 4-0 by League One outfit MK Dons, with Will Grigg and Benik Afobe both scoring a brace for the hosts.
United didn’t register a single shot on target until the 72nd minute.
What happened to the Man Utd players?
But what happened to the Man Utd players who were at the stadium:mk on that dreadful night for the club?
Let’s take a look…
David de Gea
Current club: Manchester United
The Spanish shot-stopper wasn’t at fault for any of the four goals at stadium:mk and, four years on from that disastrous match, is now arguably the best goalkeeper in world football.
Current club: Scunthorpe Town (on loan from Preston)
Marnick Vermijl never made another appearance for Manchester United again, eventually signing for Sheffield Wednesday in February 2015. Currently on loan with League One side Scunthorpe Town.
Current club: Wigan Athletic
Another player who never appeared to Man Utd after the MK Dons debacle. Reece James has been with League One club Wigan since July 2015.
Current club: Everton
Yet another of the defenders playing that evening who failed to make another first-team appearance of the Red Devils. Michael Keane rebuilt his career at Burnley and sealed a £25 million move to Everton last summer.
Current club: West Brom
Jonny Evans was possibly the worst performer that night against MK Dons, so it hardly came as a surprise when Van Gaal sold him to West Brom 12 months later. However, many United fans still believe the Dutchman was wrong to sell the Northern Irish centre-back.
Current club: Saint-Etienne
Yep, you guessed it, another player who never played for Man Utd again. The former Switzerland Under-21 international joined Celtic in 2015 and left the Scottish club for Saint-Etienne in France last summer.
Current club: Free agent
Still just 29 years old, Anderson was sold by Man Utd in 2015 and is currently without a club after his Internacional contract was terminated by the Brazilian club following their relegation from the top flight.
Current club: Borussia Dortmund
A player of real talent, it’s a shame that Shinji Kagawa’s move to Man Utd failed to work out. He returned to Borussia Dortmund on a permanent deal three days after the MK Dons defeat.
Current club: Wigan Athletic
Nick Powell, so highly-rated when he first burst onto the scene, is now playing in the third tier of English football at Wigan Athletic alongside Reece James.
Current club: Arsenal
This was also Danny Welbeck’s final appearance for Man Utd. The England international, who was loved by the United fans, left Old Trafford for Arsenal following the loan signing of Radamel Falcao. Injuries have sadly hindered his career over recent seasons.
Current club: West Ham
Javier Hernandez sealed an unlikely loan move to Real Madrid days after the MK Dons defeat. He was later sold to Bayer Leverkusen - Van Gaal never trusted him - and now plies his trade at West Ham under David Moyes.
Current club: Real Sociedad
Adnan Januzaj showed glimpses of his talent after the MK Dons match but failed to convince both Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho that he possessed the mentality to succeed at Old Trafford. Now with Real Sociedad following disappointing loan spells with Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland.
Current club: Sheffield United (on loan from Man Utd)
After scoring two goals on his Man Utd debut, big things were expected from James Wilson. Unfortunately, injuries have hindered his development and he’s now in the process of attempting to get his career back on track at Sheffield United.
Current club: Valencia (on loan from Man Utd)
Made a handful of senior appearances after the MK Dons defeat before spending last season on loan at Granada, who were related from La Liga. The Brazil Under-23 international has impressed on loan at Valencia this season and could be part of Mourinho’s Man Utd squad next term.
Current club: ATK
Now 25, former England Under-21 international Tom Thorpe currently plies his trade with ATK in the Indian Super League. Seriously.
Current club: Sunderland
“Maybe he shall be the right full-back of Manchester United for the next 10 years, you never know.”
Yes, Van Gaal seriously did say this about Paddy McNair in February 2015. Instead, Mourinho sold him to Sunderland shortly after replacing the Dutch coach.
Current club: Charlton Athletic (on loan from Bolton)
An unused sub against MK Dons, Amos had loan spells with several club in the Football League before joining Bolton Wanderers in 2015.
Current club: Crystal Palace
Never given a fair crack of the whip at Old Trafford, Wilfried Zaha has proved his doubters wrong since returning to Selhurst Park.
Louis van Gaal
Current club: N/A
Van Gaal hasn’t worked since leaving Man Utd in 2016 and recently admitted that he turned down the chance to manage the Belgium national team just so that United had to continue paying him compensation for sacking him.
That just about sums the guy up.
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