Manchester United ran out 9-0 winners for the second time in their Premier League history last night – the same number of times Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton side have been beaten by that scoreline in 15 months. It was a grim evening for the Saints, who found themselves down to 10 men after just 82 seconds at Old Trafford to set the tone for a car crash performance.
Youngster Alexandre Jankewitz was dismissed almost immediately for a dangerous tackle on Scott McTominay.
The damage to his upper thigh from the Swiss’ studs was evident, leaving referee Mike Dean with no other option but to send the 19-year-old off.
Things soon got worse for the Saints as goals from Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and an own goal from Jan Bednarek sent United in 4-0 to the good at the break.
Che Adams then had a consolation strike controversially ruled out following a VAR check as everything seemed to go against Southampton.
The Welshman was keen to soak in his second goal of the season, celebrating with midfield maestro Fernandes.
In the end though it was too late meaning United could only match their own record but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be delighted they were able to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United last time out at Old Trafford, in style.
The Norwegian was delighted with his side’s performance, claiming United had the X-factor as they cut through the Saints with ease.
“Anthony Martial, it is good to get him going, he could have had another one with the chip. Unfortunately, it did not go in but a good performance from everyone,” he said.
“You have to take your chances in tight or open games, you never know what might be the deciding factor, we know – better than anyone – what goal difference can do to you because we have lost the league on goal difference.
“Confidence is one thing but it was about the mojo and spark, the X-Factor. Mason Greenwood was terrific and his performance was top for a player who did not score a goal.”
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl was less than impressed with the result or officiating following Mike Dean’s controversial decision to send off Jan Bednarek.
The club have now requested with the Premier League that both Dean and Lee Mason are kept away from their next few fixtures in light of recent decisions.