Van Gaal won't blame individuals after United's League Cup humiliation

Louis Van Gaal

The Manchester United manager has refused to pin the blame for his side's defeat to MK Dons on any one player.

Louis Van Gaal has refused to blame individuals for Manchester United’s dismal 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup side last night.

United took on the League One side with a side filled with players on the fringes of their first-team, but still should have been strong enough to get past the third tier club.

As it was MK thoroughly outplayed United, breezing past them with consummate ease.

It was easy to forgive the number of youngsters on the pitch for their mistakes, but the likes of Anderson, Javier Hernandez, Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck all started to little effect and have bore the brunt of Red Devil’s supporters’ frustrations.

However, Van Gaal insists that he will not blame certain players for the defeat and prefers to analyse the team’s poor performance as a collective.

"You play as a team," he said to the Telegraph. "There are always questions about individuals, but everybody contributes in a team and sometimes one is better than the other. We have to judge the team and not one individual player."

United’s nightmare started in the first-half when Will Grigg put the hosts into a lead which they never appeared in danger of losing.

Indeed, Grigg scored again just after the hour mark before Benik Afobe came off the bench to put a gloss on the scoreline, which will go down as the most famous in MK’s history.

It was a shocking performance from Van Gaal’s side, who are yet to win this season.

United have stuttered at the start of this campaign and it appears that the slump which they got themselves into last season may be harder to get out of than first feared.

A defeat to Swansea City and a draw with Sunderland to start the season was bad enough for United fans, who had gone into the campaign with much confidence, but this is surely one of the lowest points the club have sunk to in living memory.

United have brought in Angel Di Maria to try and arrest the slide that they are on but they will need to show far better as a unit than simply rely on the Argentine drag them away from what is starting to turn into a crisis.

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