Live on Sky Sports 1 from 20:00 on Tuesday, MK Dons host Manchester United in a first ever clash between the two sides, to determine who qualifies for the next round of the Capital One Cup.
Dons off to a good start in League One
After winning three games, losing one and drawing one, MK Dons currently occupy 7th position in the League One standings. No one player has stood out for the Milton Keynes based side in terms of goal scoring, with Benik Afobe, Kyle McFadzean and Daniel Powell all having netted two each.
United gain first point of the season
With several players missing and the squad yet to fully adapt to former Barcelona coach van Gaal’s specific tactical instructions and passing game, an injury ravaged Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw away to Sunderland in their most recent fixture. After losing his first game at home to Swansea, this gave van Gaal his first point as United coach.
Di Maria set to Wear Number 7 Shirt at Manchester United
Feeling underrated and underpaid at Real Madrid, Angel Di Maria requested a move and is expected to complete his transfer to Manchester United midweek. Reports also indicate that the Argentine will wear the number seven shirt made famous by George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Van Gaal to ring changes for Capitol One Cup trip to Milton Keynes
With Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick, Anderson, Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard and Chris Smalling all ruled out of the trip through injury, and United’s best available 11 having played on Sunday, Dutchman van Gaal is expected to field a very young and inexperienced team in Milton Keynes midweek. Notably, though, new signing Rojo could play a part.
MK Dons v Manchester United Betting
Given that this is a one-off cup game, however, punters will also be interested to know that Paddy Power offer MK Dons to win in extra time at 25/1, with Man Utd 7/1 in the same market. Finally, the Irish firm will currently give you 19/1 on an MK Dons penalty shootout win or 16\1 for van Gaal’s boys to triumph by the same method.
All in all, given their current form and injury problems, we think it’s worth opposing Man Utd in the 90 minute betting.
It’s no banker, but upsets happen and the price on a weakened United eleven is not at all tempting, so we’re prepared to get into the cup spirit and take a chance.