Manchester United equalled the Premier League record by putting nine goals past nine-man Southampton – the second time Saints have lost 9-0 in as many seasons.
A red card for Saints’ Alexandre Jankewitz after only two minutes triggered a complete collapse for the visitors, who were on the end of the same scoreline against Leicester City in October 2019.
It is only the third time a team has lost 9-0 in the Premier League, with United also beating Ipswich Town by that margin in 1995.
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 the break.
After a fairly drab start to the second half, United cut loose, scoring five times in the final 21 minutes.
Anthony Martial ended an eight-match goal drought before Scott McTominay drove home from the edge of the area.
Then, after Bednarek became the second Saints player to be sent off – bringing down Martial to allow Bruno Fernandes the chance to score from the penalty spot – the French forward netted his second, before Dan James wrapped up the scoring in stoppage time.
It was a stunning ending as United almost matched their club record 10-0 victory against Anderlecht in 1956.
By the final whistle, it had been forgotten that United had come into Tuesday’s game on the back of indifferent form – just one win in their last four matches.
The massive impact on their goal difference means it is now bettered only by league leaders Manchester City.
Martial should be particularly pleased with his contribution, even though it did not match manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s four-goal salvo as a United substitute in an 8-1 win at Nottingham Forest in 1999.
At one point, it looked as though that seven-goal margin of victory was the one United would emulate. But Martial’s 90th-minute second – the first time he has scored two in a game all season – took the home side beyond that, and James completed the rout in the third minute of injury time.
Rashford and McTominay both produced noteworthy strikes for a United side that also had a penalty award overturned just before half-time.
More to follow.
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- 5MaguireBooked at 52mins
- 23ShawSubstituted forvan de Beekat 45′minutesBooked at 53mins
- 10RashfordSubstituted forJamesat 60′minutes
- 18Bruno Fernandes
- 7CavaniSubstituted forMartialat 45′minutes
- 34van de Beek
- 31RamsayBooked at 42mins
- 35BednarekBooked at 86mins
- 5StephensBooked at 45mins
- 12DjenepoSubstituted forTchaptchetat 78′minutes
- 64JankewitzBooked at 2mins
- 17ArmstrongBooked at 89mins
- 9IngsSubstituted forRedmondat 70′minutes
- Mike Dean
Match ends, Manchester United 9, Southampton 0.
Second Half ends, Manchester United 9, Southampton 0.
Goal! Manchester United 9, Southampton 0. Daniel James (Manchester United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes with a headed pass.
Attempt missed. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mason Greenwood.
Offside, Manchester United. Scott McTominay tries a through ball, but Anthony Martial is caught offside.
Goal! Manchester United 8, Southampton 0. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.
Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Manchester United 7, Southampton 0. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.
Jan Bednarek (Southampton) is shown the red card.
VAR Decision: Card upgraded Jan Bednarek (Southampton).
VAR Decision: Penalty Manchester United.
Penalty Manchester United. Anthony Martial draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Jan Bednarek (Southampton) after a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt saved. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Victor Lindelöf.
Substitution, Southampton. Allan Tchaptchet replaces Moussa Djenepo.
Attempt missed. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Daniel James.
Foul by Fred (Manchester United).
Che Adams (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Fred with a through ball.
Attempt missed. Che Adams (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.