There’s not really any other word to describe both the performance and the feelings that ensued following last night’s abomination. It initially brought back memories of a horrendous evening at Upton Park in the Carling Cup back in 2010 when we collapsed 4-0 that evening during a wretched display.
However, this was so much worse. So bad, it was practically beyond belief. We have been utterly humiliated by a club in the third tier of English football. It wasn’t even a contest.
After a loss and a draw in his first two games in charge of Manchester United, there was to be no third time lucky for Louis Van Gaal, who watched on in astonishment as his side were humbled 4-0 by MK Dons and suffered the ignominy of exiting the Capital One Cup before the majority of top teams have even entered it.
United, now more than ever, are a side in crisis and lacking identity, which makes analysing their performances all too complicated. However, even embarrassing nights such as last night – and, make no mistake, it did look woefully abysmal from the away end – can provide some indications of what to expect this season.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from last night…
Louis Van Gaal said he was “not shocked” by United’s abysmal capitulation against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup last night, as his team slumped to one of their most embarrassing defeats in over a decade.
Experimental though the line-up might have been with a few youngsters making their first team debut, United were still able to call upon David De Gea, Jonny Evans, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and, albeit briefly, Shinji Kagawa, but did not spare them the blushes of being thrashed by a League One side.
Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for an initial fee of £59.7m plus add-ons.
The signing takes United’s summer spending to £130.7m with more additions expected before the transfer window closes next Monday.
Di Maria, one of the standout performers in this summers World Cup AND Man of the Match in the Champions League Final for Madrid back in May, becomes the most expensive player in British football history.
Manchester United have agreed a £59.7m fee with Real Madrid for the transfer of Angel Di Maria, who could be officially unveiled as a United player on Tuesday morning, after being spotted arriving at Carrington last night.
The arrival of the Argentine winger, who was man of the match as his soon-to-be former side beat Atletico Madrid to clinch their 10th European Cup in May, represents a huge coup for United, who have lacked a world class winger since Cristiano Ronaldo left Old Trafford for the Bernabeu.
News travels fast nowadays, as do images of players arriving at airports and hotels. Tonight it seems Angel Di Maria is in town to become the latest new signing unveiled by Manchester United.
Strong, but unconfirmed reports, suggest Di Maria is having his United medical today with an announcement from the club planned for later this evening or first thing in the morning pending its outcome.
At an estimated £65m, Di Maria’s signing takes United’s summer spending spree beyond an eye-watering £130m yet, unbelievably, they STILL have NOT strengthened the most notably weak areas of the first eleven.
Manchester United are considering letting Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Wilfried Zaha go out on loan, as Louis Van Gaal is willing to give the trio an opportunity to get first team football elsewhere before deciding whether to part ways with them permanently or not.
The Mirror today reports that while all three players could leave between now and the end of the transfer window, their future remains unclear at the moment.
With the news that Danny Welbeck expects to be told he has no future at Old Trafford, what lies ahead for one of United’s most successful Academy graduates?
It’s being reported the club will not sanction a move to any of their perceived rivals (ie the top six) which may rule out the reported interest from Arsenal and Spurs who have both alledgedly made enquiries.
Would a move to another English club below that top six tier be the best move for the 23yr old Manchester born forward or could he clip his wings and move abroad to further his career both at club level and at International level?