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Man Utd equal record Premier League win by smashing hapless Southampton 9-0

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Manchester United equalled their biggest ever win in Premier League history on another night of shame for Southampton.

Ralf Hasenhuttl's men were more sinners than Saints after finishing the game with just nine men – as well as a thorough hiding at Old Trafford.

It was the second time in just two seasons the Saints had been thumped 9-0, following Leicester's romp at St Mary's back in October 2019.

The catalyst for the crushing collapse was Alexander Jankewitz, who lasted just 82 seconds on his full league debut before seeing red for an horrific challenge on Scott McTominay.

In the process, he created history for all the wrong reasons after his dismissal became the fastest sending off of an outfield player from the start of a game in the Premier League.

His moment of madness invited United to go on the rampage – and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men took full advantage to show their rivals no mercy and produce their biggest league win since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani all struck before half time, while Jan Bednarek's own goal rubbed even more salt into his side's gaping wounds.

Substitute Anthony Martial added two more after the break while McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James also got in on the act to pile the pain on the Saints, who saw Bednarek also sent off in the final minutes to complete the carnage in Manchester.

Solskjaer had seen his side's title charge falter a little bit following just one win in their last four league games – and needed to find that winning formula again.

Visiting boss Hasenhuttl made four changes, which included a first league start for Jankewitz.

But it ended in complete disgrace before it had barely begun, when his recklessness left the Saints down to 10 men before some of his team-mates had even touched the ball.

It took him just 77 seconds to smash his studs into the knee of McTominay, leaving referee Mike Dean handing out one of the most obvious red cards of his long career.

Hasenhuttl couldn't believe what he was seeing and stood there in disbelief on the sidelines.

He knew what was coming next – he just didn't know how bad it would get as United duly laid siege to the visitor's goal.

It took them 17 minutes to open the floodgates when Wan-Bissaka charged in at the back post to convert Luke Shaw's cross and make it 1-0 with just his second goal for the club.

The lead was doubled on 25 minutes when Greenwood picked out Rashford, who beat Alex McCarthy with ease to leave the Saints staring down the barrel of a hiding.

Bednarak's blunder made it 3-0 before Cavani added a fourth before half time, to leave Hasenhuttl fearing a repeat of his side's 9-0 humiliation at home to Leicester last season.

The Austrian must have felt like watching the second half through his hands as United continued to pile forward in search of boosting their egos and goal difference.

Somehow the Saints held on, until the game finished how it had started.

Martial pounced on 70 minutes before McTominay drilled a low shot past McCarthy to finish the game with a goal – when it could well have been a broken leg.

Still United refused to ease up and Fernandes and James joined in the fun – but it would have felt like anything but for Hasenhuttl on the long trip home to the south coast.

  • Manchester United FC
  • Southampton FC
  • Premier League

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