Manchester United humiliated by third tier Dons in League Cup
Louis Van Gaal suffers a huge defeat to a third-tier team after a loss and a draw in his first two Premier League matches in charge of United. AP

LONDON — In just his third match in charge of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal oversaw one of the most humiliating losses in the club's illustrious history on Tuesday.

The record 20-time English champions timidly capitulated to MK Dons, losing 4-0 to the third-tier club in the second round of the League Cup.

Hired to halt the decline under David Moyes in the post-Alex Ferguson era, 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.

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 international players including Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa were deployed.

Van Gaal kept his cool in public after the game and did not tear into his team's performance, despite poor defending that gifted goals to the Dons and the fact that United needed around 70 minutes to manage a shot on target.

"We didn't have the luck to score but at least we have created a lot of chances," Van Gaal said. "You don't have to forget we have nine injuries and we had a very young team, I have seen them trying to their utmost best. You can't expect more of the players."

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