LONDON (AP) — Manchester United's miserable start under Louis van Gaal took another turn for the worse Tuesday with a humiliating 4-0 loss at third-tier club MK Dons in the League Cup.
Hired to halt the decline under David Moyes, Van Gaal had already endured a loss and a draw in his first two Premier League matches before one of three possible routes to silverware ended in Milton Keynes. William Grigg and Benik Afobe each scored twice for MK Dons.
A second-string United was playing in the League Cup second round for the first time since 1995 because Moyes failed to qualify for Europe during his only season in charge. He was replaced by the coach who led the Netherlands to third place at the World Cup.
Although Van Gaal made 10 changes from the team that drew at Sunderland, several established players featured, including Shinji Kagawa, David de Gea, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck.