A new low. Manchester United’s pre-season bubble has been burst by Swansea, brushed away by Sunderland and trampled on by MK Dons.
Losing 4-0 to a League One side in the second round of the Capital One Cup is absolutely inexcusable. All the wrong superlatives apply to United’s performance tonight.
Poor in attack, woeful in defence, lacklustre in possession. A 4-0 loss to a League One side in the Capital One Cup second round? At least the only way is up, surely.
Pre-school defending. Every MK Dons goal was a gift from United because of a poor piece of defending. Jonny Evans, Michael Keane and Marnick Vermijl were all guilty of individual mistakes but it was a collectively poor performance.
It was an absolute travesty in defence. The danger of playing it out from the back is that it has the ability to backfire and it did so in spectacular fashion against MK Dons.
Senior players need to take a look at themselves. There were plenty of youngsters who played tonight and their performances varied. James Wilson was the brightest spark on the pitch from the moment he came on and Andreas Pereira was also impressive.
However, United’s senior players should be ashamed of themselves. They needed to make sure a result like tonight didn’t happen but they did nothing to stop it from happening. In fact, they were directly at fault for some of the main issues.
It was humiliation all round.
Javier Hernandez needs to be sold. The future of Hernandez at United has been very much in doubt and in the eyes of many fans, his performance against MK Dons sealed his fate.
It’s not an overreaction from a poor performance, it’s an amalgamation of poor performances that crescendoed with a terrible game against MK Dons.
James Wilson should be given the opportunities ahead of Hernandez and the Mexican should be looking for a move away in order to salvage his career.