– Man United vs Southampton saw the Red Devils return to winning ways after faltering in two of their previous fixtures
– The match saw Southampton play a man less for the better part of the game after Alexandre Jankewitz was red-carded two minutes into the encounter
– Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford were both on target, with the pair finding their scoring boots after drawing blanks against Sheffield United and Arsenal
– The home win leaves the Old Trafford dwellers second on the log with 44 points, on level with leaders City who still have two matches to play
Man United have gone on level on points with leaders City thanks to their huge 9-0 win over 9-man Southampton at Old Trafford.
United went into the Tuesday night, February 2, meeting in desperate need for a win having gone two of their previous matches without a victory to lose ground in the title race.
United made hay from Southampton’s numerical deficiency after Alexandre Jankewitz was sent off after just 76 seconds following a high lunge on Scott McTominay.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka commissioned the goal fest in the 18th minute for the hosts’ opener, converting from close range from Luke Shaw’s well-delivered cross.
Marcus Rashford doubled the advantage seven minutes later, with the Englishman firing past Alex McCarthy who got a fingertip to the ball but was unable to keep it out.
Things went from bad to worse for the Saints in the 34th minute after Jan Bednarek steered the ball into his own net after Fred poked it home from Rashford’s whipped cross.
Edinson Cavani put the game to bed five minutes later, powering home a header from seven yards out thanks to Shaw’s well executed cross.
United had a chance to make it 5-0 shortly before the break after they appeared to have won a penalty, only for centre referee Mike Dean to overturn the decision after consulting VAR.
The second half of the match saw the visitors attempt a comeback after Che Adams appeared to have drew one back for Southampton in the 53rd minute only for VAR to chalk off the goal for an offside.
Despite their otherwise comfortable lead, the Red Devils kept pushing for more goals, stretching their visitors over and back across the pitch.
Their efforts paid off in the 69th minute as Anthony Martial, who came on as a substitute made it 5-0 to end his eight-game goal drought.
McTominay had his name on the scoresheet two minutes later, drilling a low but powerful shot through the penalty area and into the bottom right-hand corner.
The home win was enough to help the Old Trafford dwellers close in on table toppers Man City as they are now on level on points with their city rivals.
The closing stages of the tie were marked with dramatic scenes as the hosts won a penalty cooly converted by Bruno Fernandes, with the incident being punctuated with the sending off of Jan Bednarek.
Martial went on to complete his brace on the night at the death, burying the ball from close range before Dan James added a ninth as Ole’s wards stormed to a 9-0 win.
However, Pep Guardiola’s men have to matches in hand ahead of their Wednesday night, February 3, meeting with Burnley at Turf Moor.
United, meanwhile, now shift their focus on their weekend meeting with Everton at Old Trafford before taking on West Ham United in the FA Cup.