Former Huddersfield Town loan man Benik Afobe puts his name back in the headlines against Manchester United in Capital One Cup

Two goals in shock 4-0 second round defeat of Old Trafford side

Benik Afobe celebrates scoring the third goal for MK Dons

Former Huddersfield Town loan man Benik Afobe has put his name back in the headlines.

The Arsenal striker, who played for Town in the 2011 play-off final defeat by Peterborough at Old Trafford, netted twice for MK Dons on 70 and 84 minutes as they ousted Manchester United from the Capital One Cup 4-0 in front of a crowd of 26,969.

Afobe, now 21, showed both power and poise to give the United defence major problems and help Karl Robinson’s side inflict one of the most embarrassing defeats of United’s long and proud history.

Will Grigg also got a brace as the 20-time English champions crashed out of the competition at the home of the Skybet League One outfit, who were formed only 10 years ago.

New United manager Louis Van Gaal is without a win in three matches.

But with so many injuries in a squad already short of quality players, Van Gaal almost seemed to expect a drubbing.

“I am not shocked,” he said. “Milton Keynes played very well, very aggressively.

“And we had nine injuries. We also had to play within 48 hours so I could not play with the same squad as on Sunday (when United drew at Sunderland).”

Robinson took particular delight in the shock win – and was surprised how easy it was.

“I am shocked,” the 33-year-old said.

“If I made that many changes I would have had to play some Under 16s.

“For the first 15 minutes they dominated us. They were running past us at speeds we have never seen before.

“But once the players got to grips with the game, I felt comfortable.

“Nick Powell is a player they have spent a lot of money on, he is a number of years older. Then you have Anderson and (Shinji) Kagawa, who have obviously been there and done it and a kid of 18 years of age (Dons midfielder Dele Alli) just ran past them.

“It is an evening we will never forget.”

Huddersfield-born Cameron Jerome also netted on his debut for Norwich – prodding home after keeper Brian Jensen fumbled Steven Whittaker’s shot – as they put out Crawley 3-1. Josh Murphy scored the other two for the Canaries while Carlos Cuellar scored an own goal to put Crawley on the board.

 
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