Manchester United beat Southampton by the remarkable scoreline of 9-0 in a Premier League match on Tuesday. The victory was Manchester United’s most one-sided victory in the league since 1995, when they beat Ipswich Town by the same score.
The match started poorly for Southampton. In a sign of what was to come, Southampton’s Alex Jankewitz was sent off after receiving a red card with just over a minute of the match having elapsed. Jankewitz’s illegal tackle on Scott McTominay prompted referee Mike Dean to dismiss the Swiss midfielder.
It wasn’t long before United took advantage of having an additional player on the field. In the 18th minute, United full-back Luke Shaw sent in a cross from which the unmarked Aaron Wan-Bissaka scored. Seven minutes later, United scored their second; this time, it was Marcus Rashford who added his name to the scoresheet.
Things would get even worse for Southampton. In the 34th minute, Jan Bednarek scored an own goal after botching his attempt to clear a pass attempt from Rashford. Manchester United would then make it 4-0 before halftime. Five minutes after Bednarek’s own goal, Cavani scored with a header after evading two Southampton defenders.
Eight minutes after resumption, Southampton’s Che Adams appeared to have reduced the deficit, but the goal was waved off through the decision of the video assistant referee (VAR). United would make Southampton suffer further for this mishap when substitute Anthony Martial scored his first goal. It was the Frenchman’s first goal in nine matches.
McTominay would soon extend United’s lead to 6-0 with a goal from long distance. Manchester United would then receive a penalty call in their favour in the 87th minute after Bednarek fouled Martial. Bednarek’s foul also saw him receive a red card. Bruno Fernandes then stepped forward and converted the penalty.
United’s late flurry of goals would conclude with two more: Martial added an eighth in the 90th minute, while fellow substitute Daniel James completed United’s utter destruction of Southampton with a goal of his own in stoppage time.
The victory saw Manchester United equal cross-town rivals Manchester City on 44 points at the top of the league; however, United trail City on goal difference. City also have two games in hand.
As would have been expected, United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær was extremely pleased about his team’s performance. “You get lots of confidence from a performance like this; scoring goals is always good for a team,” he said.
His Southampton counterpart Ralph Hasenhüttl, meanwhile, commented on a miserable night for his team, saying, “It was tough. (It’s) already tough to compete here without going a man down and with all the players we are missing at the moment, it’s even more tough.”
United’s next Premier League match will be at home against Everton on Saturday. On that same day, Southampton will have an away match against Newcastle.
3rd February 2021 09:52
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