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Rio’s dig at Mike Dean over Premier League red card record after Man Utd win

Rio Ferdinand had a pop at Mike Dean after the card-happy ref sent off another two players during Manchester United's 9-0 thrashing of Southampton.

Dean is way out in front as the referee to have dished out the most red cards in Premier League history.

And he took his tally to 109 dismissals as he gave two Saints players their marching orders during United's record-equalling win at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Dean brandished his red card in just the second minute as he sent off Alexandre Jankewitz 82 seconds into his full league debut.

The ref had no option but to dismiss Jankewitz for a reckless challenge on Scott McTominay as he launched himself studs-up at the United midfielder.

The man in the middle then sent off Jan Bednarek with United leading 7-0 late on, awarding a penalty after the defender's challenge on Anthony Martial.

Bednarek was furious with the decision, and was picked up BT Sport’s microphones saying Martial himself admitted it wasn't a foul.

Dean was afterwards slammed by social media users – among them former United striker Michael Owen, who described the referee's performance as "an absolute joke".

And Ferdinand said there was "disbelief everywhere".

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“The reaction on social media tells you everything you need to know about it," the former United defender said on BT Sport.

"There’s absolute disbelief everywhere.

“Mike Dean, he’s given 109 red cards in his career as a Premier League referee, the most out of any referee in Premier League history. He doesn’t mind getting his red card out.”

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl described the second sending-off as "most disappointing", adding: “Jan Bednarek does not kill him but I do not want to speak about the referee."

He added: "Last week he was our VAR and made his mark in the game."

United's 9-0 win equalled the Premier League record for the biggest win, with the Red Devils having stuck the same number past Ipswich in 1995.

It was the second season in a row that Southampton had lost by such a margin, after Leicester pummeled them by the same score in October 2019.

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