Manchester United stunned Southampton 9-0 on Tuesday, February 2, to equal the Premier League record of the biggest scoreline in a league match. United first set the record on 4 March 1995 against Ipswich Town. Leicester broke the record on 25 October 2019 against Southampton. United repeat the feat against Southampton on February 2.
After the match, the coach of Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, described his players as being ruthless while praising them for driving the game themselves. He said Manchester United didn’t win with a big margin because Southampton played with 10-men but because his team played the game “properly”.
“They were (ruthless). It came from them. They drove it on, the players out there”, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.
“I thought they played the game properly because we had to. Sometimes when you play against 10 men they sit behind the ball, make it hard for you, defend well and they can break on you.
“We played the game properly, we switched it from side to side, threatening in behind them, some good individual movements and performances. We played it the way we had to.
“When you play football you have to make the most of it – it might be the last game you play, you never know. So, we played like it could’ve been the last game.”
Manchester United have been enjoying the best form after their 1-0 league defeat in the hands of Arsenal on November 1, 2021. After the defeat, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his boys went on to record 13 unbeaten run in the league which took the club to the top of the league table.
Within the space of two months, Manchester United that were struggling below the top four became one of the major Premier League title contenders. But that almost changed recently when they hosted Sheffield United at Old Trafford on January 27.
In the league game against Sheffield United, Manchester United were stunned by the lowly rated club with a 2-1 defeat at home. The defeat made them drop to the second spot.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his boys were able to turn things around when Southampton visited Old Trafford on Tuesday. The 9-0 win kept United rooted on the second spot on the league table. Manchester United and first-placed Manchester City are now having 44 points apiece but United have played two games more than City.