Tonight, millions of people around world got an answer to a question most of them never thought to ask: What is a Milton Keynes Don? Turns out, it is a member of a lower-tier British soccer team that inflicted the latest humiliation on Manchester United.
The Red Devils lost to the Dons, 4-0, in the second round of the Capital One Cup. That kind of loss would be horrendous if it came at the hands of a fellow Premier League squad, but the Dons play in League One, two rungs down. The Capital One Cup, or League Cup, is generally considered the least prestigious of England’s three major domestic titles, and top teams often don’t field their best possible lineups for it, but still. Ouch.
Of course, Man U. is attempting to rebound from a thoroughly disastrous 2013-14 season, its first and last under manager David Moyes, who unsuccessfully attempted to replace the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. But even then, the team made it to the semifinals of this one-and-done tournament.
New United manager Louis van Gaal, who has seen his team go 0-1-1 in its first two EPL matches, claimed that he was “not shocked” by today’s result. One has to wonder what the club’s latest acquisition, Angel di Maria, must be thinking. Well, considering that Man U. spent a record $99 million for di Maria’s services, the Argentine winger must be feverishly hoping his new team can simply spend its way out of this mess.
For the Dons, today amounted to a rare occasion when the majority of British football fans were actually on their side. Manchester United, of course, is hated by just about everyone who isn’t a fan of the club, but Milton Keynes is also widely disdained as being the product of a messy move a decade ago by the former Wimbledon F.C.