Manchester United were knocked out of the Capital One Cup in disappointing fashion, after suffering a 4-0 defeat at the hands of League One side MK Dons.
Ahead of the game, Louis van Gaal – taking charge in his first domestic cup tie in England – opted to make ten changes from the side which picked up a point at Sunderland, handing debuts to youngsters Saidy Janko and Reece James.
And following a fast start from the Reds, it was Nick Powell who registered the game’s first effort on three minutes by firing narrowly over the bar after good work from James on the edge of the Dons area.
The hosts, gaining confidence with each goalless minute at Stadium:mk, had their first attempt through Darren Potter shortly after. After some pinball in and around the United box, the midfielder plucked the ball out of the air before turning and volleying over the bar.
Shinji Kagawa was looking to make an early impression in his first start for the Reds this season and was inches away from putting Danny Welbeck through on goal, only to see his pass well smothered by David Martin.
Kagawa was then forced off on 19 minutes after suffering from an earlier collision which had left the playmaker with a bloodied nose. The Japanese international was subsequently replaced by Adnan Januzaj, who immediately looked to galvanize the Reds.
It was the Dons who struck first just six minutes later though as an under-hit pass from Jonny Evans was seized upon by Ben Reeves, who squared for striker Will Grigg to tap the home side into an unexpected lead.