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How Man United's fringe players fared against MK Dons as they edge closer to Old Trafford exit

Mark Ogden

Published 27/08/2014 | 11:07

Manchester United's Anderson (2nd R) and Jonny Evans (R) react after Will Grigg of Milton Keynes Dons scored their second goal during their League Cup soccer match at stadiummk last night
Manchester United's Anderson (2nd R) and Jonny Evans (R) react after Will Grigg of Milton Keynes Dons scored their second goal during their League Cup soccer match at stadiummk last night

Anderson, Kagawa, Hernandez and Welbeck didn't cover themselves in glory as United suffer humiliating defeat to League One side in Capital One Cup

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Hard to believe that United paid in excess of £26m to sign the Brazilian midfielder from FC Porto in May 2007, such has been his fall from grace.

With a loan to Fiorentina last January failing to result in a permanent move, Anderson made his first appearance in a United shirt since December and there is every chance that this will be his last, whether he is sold in the next five days or not.

The 26-year-old was anonymous in a midfield dominated by MK Dons and probably only saw out the 90 minutes because of the limited options available to Louis van Gaal.




Making his first start of the season, the Japan midfielder lasted only 20 minutes before suffering a blooded nose which led to his substitution in favour of Adnan Januzaj.

Having been largely overlooked as a starter by Louis van Gaal during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, Kagawa clearly faces an uphill battle in order to impress the new manager.

Van Gaal admitted at the weekend that Kagawa has been unable to convince him of his ability to play in a central midfield role, but finding a buyer for the former Borussia Dortmund player may be a tough challenge between now and Monday.




Atletico Madrid and Juventus have both contemplated a move for Hernandez this summer, but United have yet to receive a firm offer for the Mexican forward.

The predatory goalscorer who took Old Trafford by storm following his arrival in the summer of 2010 has regressed into a fringe player who now struggles to make an impact, either as a starter or substitute.

This was an opportunity for Hernandez to remind Van Gaal of his goalscoring abilities, but he contributed nothing and it is difficult to see him surviving at United, with the club likely to receive an offer of some kind for the player in the coming days.




United are ready to listen to offers for the England forward, who has grown tired of limited opportunities in his favoured centre-forward role.

But despite being handed the chance to play as a central striker, Welbeck struggled to press his claims to Louis van Gaal and also to clubs who may be pondering a move in the final days of the window.

Aside from a 20-yard strike on the hour, Welbeck failed to worry MK Dons goalkeeper David Martin and a good opportunity from a Hernandez cross was also spurned later in the game.

Welbeck was let down by a lack of service, but a player of his experience should have done much better against League One opponents.


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