By David Awopetu
Manchester United whitewashed nine-man Southampton 9-0 on Tuesday night in a match which saw the worst use of VAR in the history of the Premier League.
Having seen full debutant Alexandre Jankewitz sent off within two minutes of kick-off for a terrible challenge on Scott McTominay, it was always going to be a tough evening for Saints.
They were 4-0 down at half-time, with a further five goals coming after the break as the Red Devils became the second team to score nine against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton after Leicester in October 2019.
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.
It was a stunning ending as United almost matched their club record 10-0 victory against Anderlecht in 1956.