Manchester United win is second to AFC for Robbo

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His MK Dons side may have just beaten Manchester United 4-0 in one of the biggest cup upsets this country has seen, but Karl Robinson rates this as the second biggest victory in his managerial career.

Many will point the finger at United’s lack of cut and thrust at the right end of the field, but Dons were more than a match for their Premier League opponents as they not only took a first half lead, but doubled it, and added a couple more for good measure in the second.

Though defeat for United will send ripples through the footballing world, not only because they’ve just broken the British transfer record in securing Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria, for Robinson, the result still doesn’t trump the 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon nearly two years ago.

“It’s up there, obviously, but the AFC game was the most difficult time. But this isn’t about Karl Robinson, and these players can tell their grand children about this one.

“The AFC one was more important, but when you beat Manchester United at home 4-0, it’ll stand out.

“We get a lot of criticism nationally, but no-one can talk about our birth or existence from now on. We’ve put ourselves on the map.

“At our level, we’ll now be a scalp.

“It’s an evening we’ll never forget. Hopefully, we can enjoy it.”

Robinson, still only 33, admitted he feared the worst after 15 minutes, but in the end, felt comfortable.

He said: “I’m shocked. I know what everyone will write - about how negative Manchester United were. But for the first 15 minutes they came out of the blocks. They were running past us at speeds we’ve never seen before.

“It wasn’t a smash and grab where we’ve kicked them, we’ve come here to play football, the play we want to play and the way we do, week in, week out.

“I thought we had an edge. We had a game plan.

“We thought we could go into tonight and put a performance on, and we’ve come away scoring four goals. It makes me very happy.

“When we’ve got strikers like Will (Grigg) and Benik (Afobe) coming on, I’ll be honest, felt comfortable in the second half.”

Much has been made of teenage protégé Dele Alli, and his performance alongside Darren Potter in the midfield, which also consisted of like Shinji Kagawa, Anderson and big money signing Nick Powell, was something the manager couldn’t gush enough about.

He said: “You saw the boy Dele Alli, at 18 years of age, run the midfield for 45 minutes.

T”hey spent a lot of money on Nick Powell, they had Kagawa in there, Anderson - players who have been there, seen it, done it. And they had a boy of 18 run past them. He got stuck in.

“But once him and Potter got on the ball, we looked a really good side.”

Now though, with an enormous crowd record of nearly 27,000 inside stadium:mk, Robinson hopes that his side have made an impression, not just on the footballing world, but more importantly on the people of Milton Keynes, who he hopes will come more regularly throughout the season.

He said: “It was emotional walking out. I’ve never seen the place like it was this evening. I’ll remember that.

“It’s all about Milton Keynes. We’re everyone’s second club. They support United, Liverpool, whoever it might be.

“We have the largest ratio of U16 season ticket holders, so if they can bring their mates from school, that’d be nice!

“It’ll be disappointing if we don’t get a big crowd on Saturday. They need to get behind them now.

“This is a club that is going places, and that has cemented it in my mind.”