Manchester United won a Premier League record win with a 9-0 demolition of nine-man Southampton to take the top of the points table with Manchester City on Tuesday. This is the second consecutive campaign when St Mary’s competed against Ipswich in 1995 against Leicester in a 9–0 tie against United’s record. The visitors were punished for Alexander Jenkwitz’s second-minute red card on his Premier League debut.
Own goals from Aaron Van-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Jan Bednarek made it 4–0 before half-time.
Anthony Marshall came off the bench to score twice in the second half, while Scott McTomane, Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James also netted either side of Bednarek’s late dismissal.
City have played two games against United to gain their advantage in the title race, the first of which comes to Burnley on Wednesday.
But joint owner Ole Gunnar Solaskar recalled the 2011/12 title race that City snatched away from their local rivals on goal difference as it had no mercy in their favor.
“We know better than anyone what a goal difference can do for you because we lost the league on goal difference,” said Norway.
After a 2–1 loss to Shofield United and a 0–0 defeat at Arsenal compared to last week, Solskar called his forward players more clinical.
Rashford, Marshall and Fernandes had all seen the goals dry up in 2021, but Solskjaer is hoping they will now gain confidence in the second half of the season.
“We are waiting to show them the magic and it was a night for them to go and enjoy,” he said. “We haven’t done that many times where we can just enjoy the second half.”
– Southampton ‘helpless’ –
Ralph Hassenhutl made his time around Southampton, escaping 9–0 by Lester.
But after a great start to the season, the Saints lost four consecutive league games to fall to 12th place.
Southampton were already beset by an injury crisis that led to Jankevitz’s chance of being eliminated in 19-year-old McCombe after just 79 seconds.
“He punished those who were on the pitch. He was helpless after being released.”
“You know that 90 minutes can be very long against this quality team. The result is there and we have to live with the result again.
“It doesn’t reflect what we’ve done so far this season. It’s hard to explain. We’ll have to live with that again.”
Van-Bissaka opened up the floodplains on 18 minutes when they scored their second goal for the club by completing a cross from Luke Shaw in the back post.
Rashford then converted Mason Greenwood’s cross and it was from his driven low ball of the box that Bednarek converted to his net.
Uruguayan thought that Cavani drove a header from another Shaw cross before winning the penalty.
The VAR review gave Southampton a rare take-off, rather than a free-kick on the edge of the box.
However, when Che Adams ruled for a frontier attack, Hasenhutel’s men were disowned after breaking themselves.
Goals placed at the other end ended Marshall’s own eight-game goal, which ended with a thump from Fernandes.
McTominay then drilled home from long range in a short effort.
The night of a nightmare for the visitors continued when Bednarek was sent off harshly after another lengthy VAR review for Marshall’s clipping as he was below target.
Fernandes froze the resulting penalty to end his five-game goalless run in the league.
Marshall then controlled and ended Van-Bisaka’s cross before James delivered the final blow in stoppage time by flaunting James Fernandes’ header.