Van Gaal defiant after wholesale changes
MK Dons boss Karl Robinson in shock after 4-0 Capital Cup win over Manchester United
Assistant manager Ryan Giggs (second left) looks dejected with manager Louis van Gaal (second right) of Manchester United during the Capital One Cup defeat to MK Dons at Stadium mk. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images
Louis van Gaal’s men are still looking for a first competitive win under the Dutchman after two goals apiece from Will Grigg and Benik Afobe saw the Barclays Premier League side put to the sword at stadium:mk.
“I’m a little bit shocked to be walking off and seeing the scoreline,” Robinson told Sky Sports 1. “It’s ridiculous, it’s something that dreams are made of for these players.
“We work hard here and you’ve seen a youthful energy in the team.”
The United team was largely changed and missing many of its stars but Robinson was eager for his players to get due credit.
“They’ve got the superstars in the side and they’re the ones that are in the public eye on a daily basis, an hourly basis to an extent, we’re not,” he added.
“So it’s always easy to pick negatives in people than push the positives on the other people.
“I think my players deserve an awful lot of credit tonight. The football club does and Milton Keynes does. This is a game for Milton Keynes as a city.”
Van Gaal was disappointed to see his side concede goals due to individual mistakes -Jonny Evans with a glaring howler for the opener - but he was quick to defend his decision to make 10 changes from the team that drew with Sunderland on Saturday.
“You have to analyse the problem and then you have to take your matches and I have done that and I think the changes were good,” he said “But it’s also risky to change and to play one against one and therefore Milton Keynes could score.
“You don’t have to forget that we have nine injuries and we have a very young team. I have seen them trying to do their utmost best.
“So more, you cannot expect of players. We were also unlucky because they scored out of our errors at once and then you are always behind.”
After a promising pre-season, the wheels appear to be coming off United’s campaign already but Van Gaal wants the fans to stick by his team and his philosophy.
“They have to believe in our philosophy,” he said. “We are building up a team and you cannot make (it) in one month, not in one year. Of course it’s very disappointing but I hope they shall maintain their confidence in the club and in our philosophy because that philosophy takes time.”