Manchester United thrash poorly disciplined Southampton side in record-equalling win
Amidst a dip in form, United pulled out a five-star attacking display to punish Alexandre Jankewitz’s irrational early red card.
Had it not been for the red card, United fans might have been nervous of the Saints threat after the unconvincing performance against Arsenal – especially given Danny Ings and Che Adams’ scintillating form this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had laid out a strong attacking side in the hope of out-gunning Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, but when Saints talent Jankewitz clattered into Scott McTominay after only two minutes the remaining ten men from Southampton capitulated.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was the unlikely first to chalk his name on the scoresheet, tapping in from close range to begin the rout.
Marcus Rashford was next to get involved, first scoring one of his own before firing off another that Jan Bednarek could only deflect into his own net.
United refused to let up and soon an Edinson Cavani header was added to the tally, before the Uruguayan was awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time. VAR intervened to prevent the fifth of the half, though few on either side seemed too bothered by the decision.
Half-time: Manchester United 4 – 0 Southampton
Saints fans might have thought the beating would relent when Solskjaer replaced Cavani and Luke Shaw with Anthony Martial and Donny Van De Beek, and may even have gained a slither of hope when Che Adams notched his side’s first of the game eight minutes into the second half.
Instead, their hopes were to be crushed by a painfully tight VAR offside call. Seeing everything go against them, Southampton finally seemed to give up completely.
The substitute Martial added the fifth and McTominay, still carrying the stud marks from Jankewitz’s horror challenge, drove home United’s sixth to continue his strong scoring form this season.
The inevitable United penalty came with only three minutes of regular time left, the own-goal scoring Bednarek adding to his woes by receiving a red card for his unwilling challenge on Martial.
Bruno Fernandes converted as the clock ticked over into injury time, yet United would still find time to add two more goals through Martial once more and late substitute Daniel James.
The final whistle may have brought Saints suffering to a close, but the pain from such a loss will last long in their heads. Only three sides have ever lost 9-0 in the Premier League, the most recent of which was this very same Southampton side only two years ago.
For United, spirits will be running high. With eight different goal-scorers the squad will be jubilant, and the win represents a much-needed boost to United’s goal difference.
Full time: Manchester United 9 – 0 Southampton
Man of the Match: Bruno Fernandes