By Bariyo Tumuramye Brian
Manchester United defeated nine-man Southampton 9-0 at Old Trafford — only the third time the scoreline has occurred in Premier League history.
Southampton is the only club to lose by nine goals twice in the league, having suffered the results in consecutive seasons.
The victory also makes United the first club to win by a nine-goal margin in the Premier League twice — equalling their record from 26 years ago against Ipswich.
As It Happened
19-year-old Swiss midfielder Alexandre Jankewitz was sent off after only 79 seconds, triggering a collapse for Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka opened the scoring with his first goal at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani also found the net either side of a Jan Bednarek own goal before half-time.
United ended the match in ruthless fashion, however, scoring five goals in the final 21 minutes of the game.
Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay added their names to the scoresheet before Jan Bednarek was also sent off, following a lengthy VAR check, for a foul on Martial in the penalty area. Bruno Fernandes converted the subsequent, with Martial and Dan James completing the rout against a helpless nine-man Southampton side.
Southampton has lost four consecutive Premier League games for the first time since April 2018. While they’ve lost by nine goals for the second time in the last two seasons, Wednesday night’s result is their biggest ever away defeat in any competition.
What is Premier League Win Margin Record?
United was the first team to win 9-0 in the Premier League after they beat Ipswich by that margin in 1995.
Last season, Leicester City equalled the scoreline in their 9-0 win over Southampton at St Mary’s, with the Saints suffering the same result against United on Wednesday night.
It is the fifth time Manchester United have won by nine goals in their history, with their only bigger success being a 10-0 victory against Anderlecht in 1956.
Both teams will play again in the Premier League on Saturday, February 6 when United will host Everton while Southampton makes another away trip, this time against Newcastle.