MK Dons 4-0 Manchester United: Player Ratings

MK Dons v Manchester United player ratings

Manchester United slumped to a humiliating 4-0 defeat to League One outfit MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round.

Will Grigg scored either side of half time, while on-loan Arsenal striker Benik Afobe struck twice in the latter stages to heap misery on United boss Louis van Gaal, who has failed to win any of his first three competitive matches in charge of the Red Devils.

A Jonny Evans howler led to MK Dons taking the lead through Grigg midway through the first half - a 45-minute period which saw United fail to create any clear-cut chances - and the same player doubled the hosts’ advantage with an impressive chested finish after the break.

Afobe then made it 3-0 with 20 minutes remaining courtesy of a smart finish past David de Gea. And the 21-year-old striker added a fourth with six minutes remaining to leave the Premier League giants crestfallen.

On one of the most embarrassing nights in Manchester United’s recent history - find out how the Red Devils’ players rated by scrolling down.

David de Gea: 5

Hard to blame David de Gea for any of the four goals. The Spaniard must have been left wondering why he started this match.

Michael Keane: 4

Reasonably assured on the ball and probably the best of United’s back three, which isn’t saying much.

Jonny Evans: 3

Committed an awful mistake which led to MK Dons’ opening goal. Assigned the task of bringing the ball out of defence but struggled and was fortunate not to concede a second-half penalty for a clear handball. A night to forget for the Northern Ireland international.

Marnick Vermijl: 4

Tough evening for the Belgium Under-21 international. Don’t be surprised if he never plays for Manchester United again.

Reece James: 4

Impressive in pre-season against some very good teams, but nowhere near as good at the stadium:mk. Wasteful in possession and poor defensively.

Nick Powell: 5

Looked rusty early on - which was understandable - but threatened with a couple of decent efforts from outside the box before half time. Expected to leave Old Trafford, either on loan or permanently, before the transfer window shuts.

Saidy Janko: 4

Tough night for the young full-back, who was making his Manchester United debut. Substituted at half-time for Andreas Pereira.

Anderson: 4

Looked eager to impress, but failed to make an impact. Partly responsible for MK Dons’s second goal, too. Manchester United fans have had enough of him.

Javier Hernandez: 4

Dropped deeper at times to pick up the ball, but did little to suggest he is anything other than a penalty-box predator. Out or sorts and bereft of any confidence. May have been his final appearance for the Red Devils.

Shinji Kagawa: 5

Looked bright in the opening stages of the match, in behind Javier Hernandez, but was subbed off with less than 20 minutes played following an earlier clash with Darren Potter.

Danny Welbeck: 5

Good start on the left flank and went close with a second-half strike which whistled narrowly wide. Did little to convince Van Gaal that he deserves to stay at Old Trafford, though.


Adnan Januzaj: 5

Smashed the post at 3-0 down, but didn’t do enough over the course of the 70 minutes he was on the pitch. The Belgium international is much, much better than this.

Andreas Pereira: 5

Bright when he came on. One of the few Manchester United players to emerge from this match with any credit.

James Wilson: 5

The talented striker had Manchester United’s first shot on target. In the 72nd minute. Was unfortunate not to score with a header in the closing minutes.

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