Louis van Gaal sold players who humiliated him in MK Dons defeat

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A host of Manchester United players have left Old Trafford over recent weeks for their part in humiliating Louis van Gaal back in August.

The Red Devils suffered a 4-0 defeat to League One side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round - one of the most humiliating results of the veteran Dutch coach's managerial career - and nine of the players involved that evening have since left Old Trafford.

Spanish broadsheet El Confidential claim Van Gaal has "avenged" that infamous defeat by shifting those players responsible from his squad.

Nine players gone

Marnick Vermijl, Anderson, Michael Keane, Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck and Wilfried Zaha have all been sold by Manchester United since that embarrassing defeat at stadium:mk.

Meanwhile, Saidy Janko, Javier Hernandez and Ben Amos have all been farmed out of Old Trafford on loan deals.

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David de Gea, Jonny Evans, Reece James, Nick Powell, Adnan Januzaj, Andres Pereira, Tom Thorpe and James Wilson are the only players to have retained their places in Manchester United's squad.

More could leave this summer

It's possible, however, that even more of those players could leave Old Trafford in the summer.

James, Powell, Pereira and Thorpe - barring an injury-time substitute appearance - have not featured for Manchester United's first team since the MK Dons defeat.

United are currently third in the Premier League table with 15 matches left to play, leaving them on course to bounce back to the Champions League following a one-season absence.

Top-four finish

Securing a top-four finish was Van Gaal's pre-season objective - and serious questions will be asked about his suitability for the job should Manchester United fall out of the Champions League spots between now and May.

Van Gaal avoided another cup humiliation this week by beating League Two side Cambridge United in a FA Cup fourth round replay.

United failed to break down Cambridge away from home, but recorded a convincing 3-0 win over the U's on Tuesday night.

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