Manchester United equal Leicester’s record by slamming Southampton 9-0

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Manchester United have equaled Leicester City’s record of beating Southampton 9-0 in a Premier League match. Leicester City set the record in October 2019 while Manchester United equaled the record on Tuesday, February 2.

The 9-0 scoreline is the highest number of goals a club has scored in a match in the history of the Premier League. Manchester United was the first to score such an amount of goals in the league. They set the record on 4 March 1995 against Ipswich Town, and Leicester broke the record against Southampton on 25 October 2019.

In the Premier League game played at Old Trafford on Tuesday, Southampton started having problems in the 2nd minute of the first half, when the club’s Alex Jankewitz was shown a red card.

Afterward, Manchester United took charge of the game and the goals started rolling in from almost all positions. The goals rain started in the 18th minute with Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s strike.

In the 25th minute, Marcus Rashford made it two for Manchester United. Southampton’s Jan Bednarek scored an own goal to make it three for United in the 34th minute.

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Manchester United equal Leicester's record by slamming Southampton 9-0
Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford celebrate together.

Towards the end of the first half, Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani came to the party by scoring in the 39th minute to make it four. The first half ended 4-0 in favor of the hosts.

When the second half resumed, the world saw a more compact Southampton but that only lasted until the 69th minute when Anthony Martial made it 5 for United. Scott McTominay made it 6 in the 71st minute of the game.

Things got worse for Southampton in the 86th minute when Bednarek got red-carded for a controversial last-man challenge and earned United a spot-kick. Bruno Fernandes stepped up to take the spot-kick and scored in the 87th minute.

When Southampton thought they have seen the worse already, Martial stepped up to score his second goal of the match and United’s 8th goal in the 90th minute. United’s Dan James completed the assault on Southampton by scoring the 9th goal in the third additional minute.

After the match, Southampton’s coach Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed that the 9-0 defeat the club suffered in the hands of Manchester United pained him more than the 9-0 defeat the club suffered in the hands of Leicester City last season.

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“We lost horribly, and 90 minutes can be long in the Premier League”, Hasenhuttl said. “We couldn’t help them from outside. In the end, it’s a little bit of a different situation [to the 9-0 defeat by Leicester] because we are in a position in the table where we haven’t been for a long time.

“You don’t need this result to know what we need to do better. It’s not that it hurts less [than the last 9-0], the opposite, it hurts even more when you get this result again, but the team is a different one now.

“The team is a different one now, that’s the reason we’ve played a good season so far. Let’s see how the season ends, it will end better than the last I think.

“It hurts, but I can’t change it anymore. It happened. The only way for us to go on is to show that we are a better team than we showed today.

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“I can take this result differently because I know this team is working well, we have had fantastic games. When nights like this happen, when you are one man down after two minutes, what do you expect?

“It was unacceptable. The last five goals were too easy. I don’t have the energy to discuss any tactical parts of the game because it doesn’t make sense. But the situation is a different one to the last one because the season is a different one.”

The defeat has taken Southampton down to the 12th spot on the league table with 29 points in 21 league games. While the victory has left Manchester United on the second spot on the league table with 44 points in 22 league games.

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