Manchester United won 9-0 against Southampton when the sides met in last night’s Premier League encounter at Old Trafford. An early sending off for debutant youngster Alexandre Jankewitz in the first half meant that the Saints had to play the rest of the game with 10 players, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side capitalized on their opponents’ numerical disadvantage to score a whopping nine goals and boost their title credentials.
Jankewitz was 90 seconds into his debut start in the Premier League when a horror tackle on Scott McTominay saw him being sent off by Mike Dean. The Swiss youngster caught McTominay high on the thigh with his studs showing, as Southampton faced an uphill task away from home right from the very beginning of the encounter.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka opened the scoring for United in the 18th minute, when he met Luke Shaw’s delivery at the back post. Marcus Rashford doubled the advantage when he slotted home from a Mason Greenwood pass, ending a six-game scoring drought for himself. His cross from the right flank was put into his own net by Jan Bednarek soon to make it three, while Edinson Cavani headed a Shaw delivery into the goal to make it four before half time.
Che Adams pulled one back for the Saints soon after half time, but he was found to be offside as the goal was ruled out for offside after VAR consultation.
United piled on the misery soon after, when Anthony Martial made it five in the 69th minute as he converted from Bruno Fernandes’ lofted ball into the box.
It was Scott McTominay to get himself on the score sheet next with a precise low drive from long distance, which gave Alex McCarthy no time to react.
Bednarek’s horrible night got worse when he was given the marching orders for a tackle on Martial before Bruno Fernandes calmly converted from the spot to make it seven.
Martial scored his second of the night in the 90th minute when he converted from a Wan-Bissaka cross, while substitute Daniel James compounded a nine-men Saints’ misery in the last minute of stoppage time to make it nine goals scored on the night for United.
United were good value for their record-equalling victory, as the win lifts them level on points with leaders Manchester City, albeit having played two games more than their rivals.
As for Southampton, it was the second time in two seasons that Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side conceded nine in a game, after a drubbing at the hands of Leicester City last season.
Saints are now winless in their last four league outings, as they remain in 12th position after a result that is certain to make the history books, in a season that has been no stranger to unusual score lines.
Check out the highlights below –
Jan Bednarek not happy with referee Mike Dean’s decision
“Martial said it’s not a foul!”— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 2, 2021
Jan Bednarek was not happy with the decision that saw him sent off 👀 pic.twitter.com/GxhGv8ncu1
Post-match interview: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
“We’ve been waiting for the forwards to show their magic.”— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 2, 2021
“Lots of confidence from a performance like this.”
A very happy Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to Man Utd’s 9-0 win over Southampton.
🎙 @TheDesKelly pic.twitter.com/s6D98h71fQ
Post-match interview: Marcus Rashford
“I just want to score more goals and keep helping the team.”— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 2, 2021
“We can’t look at anyone else, we focus on ourselves.”
Marcus Rashford passed Eric Cantona in Man Utd’s list of goalscorers tonight 🇾🇪
He spoke to @TheDesKelly after a 9-0 win over Southampton. pic.twitter.com/GvfJNvHfqe
Post-match interview: Ralph Hasenhuttl
🗣 “It’s different to the first time.”— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 2, 2021
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s reaction to Southampton’s 9-0 loss to Manchester United pic.twitter.com/0kAmuj44bZ