The full-time whistle goes to end a remarkable night for Manchester United. It finishes 9-0 against nine-man Southampton, who played for the vast majority of the match with a numerical disadvantage. United deserve credit for the ruthless fashion in which they dispatched their beleaguered opponents, and they move level on points with City at the top of the table.
- 2nd Half
- Fernandes (P)87'
- van de Beek53'
- 1/2 Time
- Shawvan de Beek45'
- 1st Half
- Bednarek (o.g.)34'
Manchester United - Southampton
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- GoalDaniel JamesManchester United
GOOOAAALLL!!! It’s nine for Manchester United as they equal a Premier League record with Daniel James tapping home neatly from close range. 9-0.
Manchester United have been absolutely ruthless this evening, but you have to feel for Southampton. Playing with a man down for so much of the game was always going to be tricky, and that second red card was a suckerpunch that they didn’t deserve.
- GoalAnthony MartialManchester United
GOOOAAALLL!!! It’s 8-0. Wan-Bissaka’s cross reaches Martial, who controls with his chest and turns home an easy finish.
- Goal by penaltyBruno FernandesManchester United
GOOOAAALLL!!! Fernandes slots home from the penalty spot and it’s Manchester United SEVEN, Southampton 0.
The penalty has been given and it’s a red card for Bednarek too. That’s a tad harsh, but if it’s the law then it’s the law.
The referee has been called over to watch this on the screen. It’s hard to see if there’s any contact here.
Penalty! Or is it? VAR has been called into action as Martial goes down in the box and Mike Dean points to the spot.
Poor Southampton have endured a bit of a torrid evening ever since that early red. It could have been many more than six in truth.
So close! Martial dinks a chip over the onrushing McCarthy at the edge of the box, but the ball drifts inches wide of the far post.
United switch off again as Redmond and Adams link up on the break, but the forward fires over the bar with a golden chance to miss out on a consolation.
- GoalScott McTominayManchester United
GOOOAAALLL!!! It’s another! Scott McTominay is all on his own as a clearance rolls to him outside the box, and he keeps it low to drill a fine first-time shot past McCarthy. 6-0!
- OffDanny IngsSouthampton
- OnNathan RedmondSouthampton
Southampton give Ings a rest and Redmond comes on for a thankless task.
- GoalAnthony MartialManchester United
GOOOAAALLL!!! It’s five for United as Anthony Martial brings down a chipped ball over the top from Fernandes and hammers a shot into the roof of the net from an angle. That’s a great finish. 5-0!
James immediately looks like a player who will cause the Saints problems. All of the space is out wide and he’s already been picked out twice in dangerous crossing positions.
- OffMarcus RashfordManchester United
- OnDaniel JamesManchester United
Rashford is given a rest in United’s third change of the night and it’s James who comes on, presumably with that lack of width in mind.
United have struggled for width since the break, partly due to the lack of a natural wide player on the left following the substitution of Luke Shaw. It’s making them a bit easier for Southampton to contain.
Fernandes has space on the edge of the box for a shot, but McCarthy gets down well to make a good stop.
No Goal! United completely switch off from the free-kick and Fred stumbles as he looks to get back to stop Southampton striker Che Adams. The space opens up for a shot from an angle, but De Gea should still have done better to prevent it finding the far corner. The goal is initially given, but an extremely tight offside decision from VAR sees it chalked off.
It’s another yellow for United, this time for Van de Beek for an unnecessary sliding challenge in the centre of the park.
- Yellow cardHarry MaguireManchester United
It’s still all United, but the latest spell of pressure comes to an end as Maguire goes in rashly on Stephens and picks up a booking.
Martial and Fernandes link up well inside the box after patient build-up play from United, but the space runs out for the Frenchman as he looks to squeeze a shot away and the hosts have to settle for a corner.
- OffLuke ShawManchester United
- OnDonny van de BeekManchester United
Both Shaw and Cavani have been given a rest, presumably due to ongoing fitness issues, with Martial and Van de Beek on. It looks like Fred has moved to left-back.
- OffEdinson CavaniManchester United
- OnAnthony MartialManchester United
United get the game back underway and Solskjaer has subbed off probably United’s two best players from the first half.
The whistle blows and a demoralised Southampton trudge down the tunnel. The red card for Jankewitz inside the opening two minutes was always going to make this a tough evening for the visitors, and at 4-0 down with 45 minutes remaining there is no sign of any respite for Hasenhuttl’s side.
If the game was in a different situation Manchester United would probably feel pretty aggrieved about that penalty decision, or lack of it. But at 4-0 the game is effectively over so they’ve just shrugged it off.
Fernandes looks to slide his free-kick under the wall as it jumps, but it just catches a toe and diverts away to safety.
Penalty!? Cavani is felled right on the edge of the box and Mike Dean points to the spot. It goes up to VAR to judge whether it’s in or out of the box, and replays show that Cavani was fractionally outside the box when the foul was made (just about, debate will be had no doubt), meaning that the spot-kick is ruled out and it’s a free-kick instead.
Southampton may have been down to ten men for much of the half, but you have to say that United have been ruthless in exploiting that numerical advantage, and the quality of the crossing has been outstanding. It feels as if the score could be whatever the hosts want it to be.
- GoalEdinson CavaniManchester United
GOOOAAALLL!!! It’s four, and this time it’s Cavani’s turn to get on the scoresheet. The striker drifts off the back of Stephens to leave himself in space just seven yards from goal, and his header from Shaw’s excellent cross expertly picks out the corner. 4-0.
An outrageous touch by Fernandes puts Wan-Bissaka in down the right, but Cavani’s effort from the resulting cross is well blocked.
- Own-goalJan BednarekSouthampton
GOOAAALLL!!! It’s 3-0 to United and it’s Bednarek who has turned a fizzing Rashford cross into his own net. It’s extremely unlucky for the defender, who was at full stretch and had to get something on it as Fred and Greenwood were completely unmarked behind him and waiting for a tap-in. The pace and quality of Rashford’s delivery forced the mistake, and this could be a rout now. 3-0.
This time it’s Shaw who has a pop from outside the box, getting over the top of a bouncing ball and driving it towards goal, but again McCarthy is equal to it.
Fernandes has a crack from range and McCarthy does well to tip it around the post. It’s pretty much one-way traffic at the moment and Southampton will do well to stop this getting messy.
Ward-Prowse does superbly to whip a free-kick up over the wall and back down on target from just outside the box, but De Gea is equal to it and makes a good save.
- GoalMarcus RashfordManchester United
GOOOAAALLL!!! Rashford bags a second, and given the circumstances that is probably the win in the bag for United. Shaw feeds Greenwood on the left edge of the box, and his pull-back is turned home by Rashford with a tidy finish. 2-0.
Lindelof angles a Shaw cross from a free-kick horribly wide when completely unmarked, but the flag was up.
Cavani finds Fernandes in the Southampton box, but he’s crowded out as he looks to bring the ball under control. The game is primarily being played in the Saints’ defensive third as they camp deep and presumably hope for something on the break or a set-piece.
- GoalAaron Wan-BissakaManchester United
GOOOAAALLL!!! United have found the breakthrough and it’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka who’s got it. Rashford lays it back for Shaw on the left, who sees that the full-back has lost his marker Ings on the far side and curls in a deep cross for Wan-Bissaka to tuck home from close range. 1-0.
A terrific cross from McTominay almost picks out Fred and Cavani, with only a brilliant bit of defending from Bednarek flicking the ball away from the waiting Uruguayan.
Southampton are defending deep in two banks of four with Adams staying high to give the team an out-ball. It’s going to be a long night for them, but they’ve got no other option really, given that they’ll have 88 minutes with a man light.
It’s been all United since that sending off, with Southampton trying to keep things tight after such a huge early setback.
Jankewitz is only the fourth player in Premier League history to be sent off inside the opening two minutes of a match. And it was on his very first start in the league.
United look to make ten-man Saints pay, but Rashford hesitates when cutting back onto his right foot inside the box and a great chance goes begging.
Jankewitz must have been overeager, that's the only explanation for a tackle like that so early in the game. It had to be a sending off, and it's made this game extremely difficult for the visitors now.
McTominay is thankfully okay to continue, although the stud marks on his thigh (waaaay above his knee) look pretty painful and illustrate just how out of control the challenge was.
- Red cardAlexandre JankewitzSouthampton
Woah, Southampton youngster Jankewitz is sent off inside two minutes. He went in well over the ball, studs first, straight into the knee of McTominay and it’s a clear red.
- 1st Half
Southampton, kitted out in their blue away strip, get the game underway in pretty damp conditions at Old Trafford. United are in their usual red shirts, white shorts and black socks.
The Saints have stuttered a bit of late, losing three on the bounce to sip down to 11th. However, such is the compressed nature of the Premier league this season that a win for the south-coast club would move them to within just a point of Spurs in sixth.
United would draw level with neighbours City at the top of the table with a win this evening, and will be particularly keen to stay clear of much-improved Liverpool, who have rocketed back into title contention with back-to-back wins.
Solskajer rounded off the chat by saying: “As a footballer you want to win games. That’s when you’re happy”. Cheers for that Ole.
The Manchester United manager has been speaking ahead of kick-off and has explained his selection for this game: “Mason (Greenwood) is ready to kick on now. He had a little bit of a rest and I’m looking forward to seeing him. It’s a little bit of rotation, I think they’ve all played nine games in a month, which is a lot, and the squad is strong.”
Southampton have mixed it up for this game, with Walcott, Romeu, Diallo and Redmond all out. Djenepo, Adams, Ramsay and Jankewitz come into the side, with the latter two making only their second Premier League appearances. Liverpool youngster Minamino didn’t complete his loan move in time to be included in the matchday squad.
Solskjaer makes just the one change from the United side that faced Arsenal, with Greenwood replacing Pogba. The forward completes a three-pronged front-line alongside Cavani and Rashford, with Fernandes (who has looked increasingly tired over recent weeks) floating in a creative attacking midfield position.
Good evening and welcome to live coverage of Manchester United vs Southampton at Old Trafford. I’ll bring you team news and build-up over the next hour, with kick-off at 20:15 GMT.