03 Feb Manchester United displayed ‘magic’ in rout of Southampton
Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mentioned his facet confirmed a long-awaited glimpse of the “magic” they’re able to producing in a 9-Zero thrashing of shorthanded Southampton on Thursday.
Anthony Martial scored a brace as seven United gamers collected targets after Saints midfielder Alexandre Jankewitz was despatched off after two minutes.
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The win positioned United stage on factors with Manchester Metropolis atop the Premier League desk, and Solskjaer was happy with the show after the match.
United’s 9-Zero victory tied the report for greatest win in Premier League historical past. It got here 15 months after Southampton misplaced by the identical rating line at house to Leicester Metropolis. The Pink Devils had been additionally a part of the same scoring distinction after they beat Ipswich City 9-Zero in 1995.
“We shared the targets between the gamers. When the sport begins prefer it does, it is all the time if you will get the primary purpose as now we have seen so many examples of 10 males closing up store and getting a draw,” Solskjaer instructed BT Sport after the match.
“We have been ready for them to indicate the magic and it was an evening for them to go and revel in it. We have not had many occasions the place we may simply benefit from the second half.
“You get numerous confidence from a efficiency like this, scoring targets is all the time good for a team.”
Jankewitz — making his first begin for Southampton — noticed pink after stamping on the thigh of United midfielder Scott McTominay whereas each had been going for an elevated ball. Jan Bednarek was later despatched off within the 86th minute after tripping Martial within the field.
On the primary pink card, Solskjaer mentioned: “You do not see lots of these tackles anymore. I am glad Scott is properly and he is bought away with simply a few bruises.”
Marcus Rashford handed Eric Cantona on United’s all-time targets checklist along with his facet’s second of the evening. Whereas he was happy by the variety of targets scored, he was most enthusiastic about grabbing all three factors.
“It is all the time good to attain numerous targets and we’re blissful, it is three factors now we have wanted, we dropped some factors in the previous couple of video games and wanted to get again to successful methods, which we have executed,” Rashford mentioned.
“We simply wanted to be so simple as doable, hold shifting, be constructive. It is simple to take your foot off the fuel however we did not wish to try this. We went out within the second half the identical as the primary. The primary half set the tone for us however it’s about preserving a constructive angle and hold scoring targets.”
On passing Cantona, he added: “He was a high participant who has executed a lot for this membership. So I am happy, however for me, I simply wish to rating extra targets and assist the team.”