Five things we learned as Manchester United beat Southampton 9-0, equaled the biggest win in Premier League history as they crushed nine-man Southampton .
Manchester United equaled the biggest win in Premier League history as they crushed nine-man Southampton 9-0.
Rampant United scored four times in the first half after Southampton’s teenage midfielder Alexandre Jankewitz was dismissed in the second minute at Old Trafford.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s goal opened the floodgates and Marcus Rashford bagged United’s second.
Jan Bednarek’s own goal made it three for the hosts before Edinson Cavani added the fourth.
The goals kept coming as Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay netted before Bruno Fernandes’ penalty after Bednarek was sent off.
Martial and Daniel James scored in stoppage-time to complete an incredible display by United.
“We’ve been waiting for them to show the magic and it was a night for them to go and enjoy it. We’ve not had many times where we could just enjoy the second half,” Solskjaer said.
“You get lots of confidence from a performance like this, scoring goals is always good for a team.”
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl added: “It was a stupid foul from the young lad (Jankewitz) and kills everything. What can I say? It’s horrible.”
After the frustration of their shock defeat against Sheffield United and dour draw at Arsenal, the demolition job was a much-needed boost to their title bid.
United’s first victory in three league games means they are behind leaders Manchester City only on goal difference.
Pep Guardiola’s team have two games in hand, including one at Burnley on Wednesday.
Jankewitz, making his first Premier League start, saw red after just 82 seconds for an ugly challenge that left stud marks on McTominay’s thigh.
United took advantage of their numerical superiority in the 18th minute when Luke Shaw swung a cross to far post and Wan-Bissaka bundled his shot past Alex McCarthy from close range.
Rashford doubled United’s lead seven minutes later with a composed finish from Mason Greenwood’s cross.
It was only Rashford’s second goal in his last 10 appearances in all competitions.
Rashford, subjected to vile abuse on social media recently, claimed the assist for United’s third in the 34th minute when his cross was turned into his own net by Bednarek.
Cavani scored United fourth with a thumping header from Shaw’s cross in the 39th minute.
Martial ended his eight-game goal drought when he lashed home from close range in the 69th minute.
McTominay rifled home from 25 yards two minutes later and Fernandes struck from the spot in the 87th minute after Bednarek fouled Martial.
There was still time for Martial to score again before James capped the rout.