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Manchester United 9-0 Southampton: Player ratings as shocking Saints concede nine (again)

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Feb 2, 2021, 10:25 PM GMT
United enjoyed a perfect Tuesday evening
United enjoyed a perfect Tuesday evening / Pool/Getty Images
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Manchester United secured a record-equalling 9-0 win over Southampton on Wednesday night, with the Saints ending a miserable Tuesday night with nine men.

The game got off to an explosive start when 19-year-old Alexandre Jankewitz was sent off for a horrific challenge on Scott McTominay, less than two minutes into his maiden Premier League start.

United did not take long to press home their man advantage with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford both scoring good goals before the half hour mark. A Jan Bednarek own goal and an Edinson Cavani header before half time meant the hosts went into the break 4-0 up.

Che Adams thought he had pulled one back for the visitors, only for his strike to be ruled out for offside (by a finger) just after the break. Substitute Anthony Martial then ended his eight-game goal drought, finishing Bruno Fernandes' cross clinically. Minutes later, Scott McTominay made it 6-0 with a wonderful first time effort.

Southampton's evening got even worse soon after with Bednarek seeing red for a trip in the box. After a lengthy VAR review, Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot, before Martial scored an eighth. Daniel James then added a ninth in stoppage time to cap off a perfect evening for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side and the worst one for the Saints since, well you know...

Here are your player ratings for United and the Saints from Old Trafford.

Manchester United

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Wan-Bissaka scored a rare goal
Wan-Bissaka scored a rare goal / Pool/Getty Images

David de Gea (GK) - 6/10 - Was forced into one save, otherwise was pretty much the only spectator in the ground. The one long ball he attempted found its target so that's nice.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) - 8/10 - Got a very rare goal after timing his run to the back post perfectly. One of his best attacking displays in a United shirt.

Victor Lindelof (CB) - 7/10 - Some great long passes. One lapse in concentration which allowed Adams to sneak in can be forgiven.

Harry Maguire (CB) - 8/10 - Almost operated as another midfielder at times. Rarely troubled defensively and moved the ball well.

Luke Shaw (LB) - 9/10 - Stole the show against his former club. Created two goals and did not put a foot wrong defensively. There is no better English left-back on current form.

2. Midfielders

McTominay's strike was the pick of the goals
McTominay's strike was the pick of the goals / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Scott McTominay (CM) - 8/10 - Bounced back well after being on the end of a horror tackle in the opening exchanges. Showed great technique for his goal.

Fred (CM) - 8/10 - Went about his business in a quiet but effective manner. Some of his passing was superb.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) - 10/10 - Truly excellent once again. His ball in for Martial's goal was the highlight of an influential performance in which he scored and bagged two assists.

3. Forwards

Goals galore
Goals galore / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Marcus Rashford (RW) - 9/10 - Caused the Saints all manner of problems and scored a great goal before being taken off on the hour mark.

Edinson Cavani (ST) - 8/10 - Needs to be starting every game that he is fit. Another accomplished centre-forward display, capped off with a great header.

Mason Greenwood (LW) - 8/10 - Created the second goal with a wicked cross. Will be gutted not to have scored in this goal fest.

4. Substitutes

Martial looked sharp after coming on
Martial looked sharp after coming on / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Donny van de Beek - 7/10 - Was involved in a few of United's incisive passing moves around the edge of the box.

Anthony Martial - 9/10 - Ended his scoreless run with two really well taken goals.

Daniel James - 7/10 - Got in behind a few times and capped the night off with a goal.

5. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Bednarek diverted the ball into his own net in the first half
Bednarek diverted the ball into his own net in the first half / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Alex McCarthy (GK) - 2/10 - Conceded nine. Nothing else to say really.

Kayne Ramsay (RB) - 3/10 - Looked very shaky in the first half, diving into challengers and struggling against United's ruthless left side. Kept on plugging away after the break, but still struggled.

Jan Bednarek (CB) - 1/10 - Had a nightmare afternoon, clumsily putting one into his own net before being sent off.

Jack Stephens (CB) - 3/10 - Struggled. Missed a basic header for Cavani's goal and looked ropey all evening.

Ryan Bertrand (LB) - 4/10 - Not as troubled as his right-sided counterpart but he still struggled to contain United's overloads out wide.

6. Midfielders

Jankewitz had a Premier League full debut to forget
Jankewitz had a Premier League full debut to forget / LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/Getty Images

Moussa Djenepo (RM) - 3/10 - Seriously struggled keeping Shaw in check. Offered next to nothing going forward as well.

James Ward-Prowse (CM) - 4/10 - Offered some resistance to the United onslaught making five interceptions and three tackles.

Alexandre Jankewitz (CM) - 1/10 - What on Earth was he thinking? An unforgivably horrific challenge so early into the game.

Stuart Armstrong (LM) - 4/10 - Worked hard and occasionally managed to drive his team forward.

7. Forwards

It was a frustrating evening for Ings
It was a frustrating evening for Ings / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Danny Ings (ST) - 4/10 - Failed to track Wan-Bissaka for the game's opener. Staved of service after that so could not make amends.

Che Adams (ST) - 4/10 - Had a goal cruelly ruled out for offside just after half time. Worked his socks off.

8. Substitutes

Redmond did well after coming on
Redmond did well after coming on / Robin Jones/Getty Images

Nathan Redmond - 6/10 - Saints improved going forward after he came on.

Allan Tchaptchet - N/A

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