Will Grigg and Arsenal loanee Benik Afobe bagged two goals each as United who were playing the second round of the erstwhile League Cup for the first time in 19 years were made to pay for defensive lapses by the League 1 side who were playing in front of a record crowd of 26,969.
United who have won the trophy four times in their history couldn’t muster a shot on target until the 72nd minute and were largely insipid in both their attack and defence despite fielding the likes of Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, David De Gea, Jonny Evans, Anderson and Shinji Kagawa.
Will Grigg opened the scoring after a Jonny Evans mistake midway through the first half allowed Ben Reeves to intercept his pass and calmly pass to Grigg who had the simple task to put the ball into an empty net, before doubling his side’s lead when he cheekily chested in Reeves’ cross from the left in the second half.
Afobe got on the score sheet when he slotted in a first time effort after a no-look pass from Reeves, and then six minutes from time, he proceeded to bulldoze his way through the entire United defence as he completed the rout of United who had finished 7th last season after winning the title the season before that.
It was the first time United had entered the competition in the second round and after getting knocked out last night, Van Gaal will be able to solely focus on a top four finish in the league with involvement in the FA Cup not due until January, with Angel di Maria ready to bolster their squad having arrived for a British record £59.7 million from Real Madrid.