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Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley will hope to make an impressionReuters

Manchester United have not had the greatest of starts to their season, losing their first English Premier League game, and then only managing a draw in their second.

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Come Tuesday, Louis Van Gaal's men will be hoping third time's the charm when they visit Milton Keynes Dons in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

Van Gaal has, so far, been unable to inspire this Manchester United side to put in a strong, cohesive performance in his first two competitive games in charge, but with League One opposition MK Dons expected to pose an easier challenge, there really will be no excuses if the Red Devils, yet again, fail to get the desired result.

The new manager, admittedly, has had to deal with a plethora of injuries to his side, with Chris Smalling joining the casualty list, and the defender could miss the match at Stadium mk, along with Jonny Evans, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Anderson, Michael Carrick and Jesse Lingard, all of whom did not feature in the 1-1 draw against Sunderland on Sunday.

"Of course, we have a lot of injuries right now," Van Gaal said. "We had seven and now Smalling is already injured again so it is eight. You need all of your players."

Even the injuries should not hamper United enough not to be able to find their way past MK Dons, though, and Van Gaal will be keen to notch his first victory.

For MK Dons, this match will be all about creating a bit of modern history. If the League One side can knock the might Manchester United out of the League Cup at the first time of asking, then manager Karl Robinson will be seen as a legend.

"People say Manchester United are vulnerable," Robinson told Daily Mail. "Come on, it's Manchester United.

"But we are going to give our best. Steve Heighway used to tell me that failure is not trying. He helped give me standards and those standards run through this club."

Manchester United, while trying hard enough, have just failed to gel as a side so far, with their defence and midfield being the biggest worries. However, the players could get a fillip before the match if the signing of Angel Di Maria is completed for a British record transfer fee.

While a player of Di Maria's class will improve any side in the world, United certainly need a few more additions if they are to challenge at the top, and Van Gaal will hope a victory over MK Dons coupled by the signing of a world-class star is a sign of things to come at Old Trafford.