After two games without a win, Manchester United responded emphatically by seeing off nine-man Southampton at Old Trafford.
Manchester United got back to winning ways in the Premier League by obliterating nine-man Southampton 9-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
After following a shock home loss to Sheffield United with a goalless draw at Arsenal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side responded in record-equalling style after young Alex Jankewitz had been sent off within two minutes of kick-off.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka opened the scoring before Marcus Rashford ended a six-game run without a league goal, with the contest effectively killed before half-time through a Jan Bednarek own goal and a header from Edinson Cavani.
Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James and a double from Anthony Martial in the second half, with Bednarek also dismissed, helped the Red Devils match their biggest ever Premier League victory and inflicted a second 9-0 loss on Ralph Hasenhuttl in his career as Saints boss.
Key Opta facts
– Manchester United have won home and away against Southampton in a league season for the first time since their last title-winning campaign in 2012-13.
– Southampton have lost four consecutive Premier League games for the first time since April 2018, while they have lost by nine goals for the second time in the past two seasons (after their 9-0 defeat to Leicester in October 2019) – this is their biggest ever away defeat in any competition.
– United have scored six or more goals in a Premier League match for a second time this season (6-2 vs Leeds). It is the first time they have hit 6+ goals twice in a season since 2000-01 (vs Bradford and Arsenal).
– After winning just one of their first six Premier League home games this season and scoring just three goals, Manchester United have won four of their last five (L1), netting a total of 19 across those games.
– Only Eric Cantona and Dimitri Payet (both 33 games) have assisted 15 Premier League goals in fewer games than Bruno Fernandes, with tonight his 36th appearance in the competition.
- Alexandre Jankewitz is the first player to be sent off on his first Premier League start since Serge Aurier for Tottenham in September 2017, and at 19 years and 39 days old he is the youngest to see red in the competition since Jack Wilshire (18y 288d) in October 2010.
These teams are back in action on Saturday. United are at home to Everton, with Southampton travelling to Newcastle United.