Nick Powell was pleased to have played his first game since April, but admitted the performance was not up to scratch.
After what was a promising pre-season and an impressive performance from the new coach at the World Cup this summer last night must have represented the ultimate, and most unexpected low for Manchester United.
They were thumped 4-0 by the MK Dons of League One, leaving Louis van Gaal without a win from his first three games in charge.
In respect to the manager the players have been poor. His newbies unavailable and impending, fans will be begging for their returns after yet another disastrous night in the League Cup.
United have of course been here before. Their tendency to rest player's in the competition often catches them out. Southend United, York City, Coventry City ... there is certainly a precedent.
But the timing and magnitude of this defeat really piles on the misery for United fans.
Saying that this was an inexperienced and out of touch starting XI. The likes of Reece James and Saidy Janko made their debuts while Anderson and Jonny Evans were visibly out of touch.
There was also an appearance for Nick Powell, the one time great United hope who has seen progress stall recently.
He was at Wigan Athletic on loan last term but he has struggled with injuries recently and the £6 million signing from Crewe back in 2012 has seen some questions raised over his long term United future - even though most would agree on his obvious talent.
He started yesterday, his first game since lining up for Wigan against Blackpool at the end of April, four months ago. And he alluded to that fact on Twitter this morning, even if he did go overboard on the timescale slightly...
First game back in 6 months. Wasn't the best game I've ever had, but good to be back. http://t.co/VJONE0kESy— Nick Powell (@NPowell25) August 27, 2014
But while he was wrong on the amount of time out of action, he was right about one thing - this was not his best performance.
However with the current injury problems at United he might get another chance to impress pretty soon. If not, then a loan spell may beckon once again.