Man Utd boss Solskjaer praises players and explains Cavani withdrawal in Southampton win

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken out after his side’s emphatic 9-0 win over Southampton on Tuesday night. The Red Devils went into the game seeking a return to winning ways. And they did just that, battering their opponents with a sensational display. 

Southampton’s night got off to a torrid start when Alexandre Jankewitz was dismissed inside two minutes.

And Manchester United then took full advantage, nearly racking up double figures as they put their opponents to the sword.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani all found the net in the first half, with a Jan Bednarek own goal also adding to the visitors’ woes.

And, in the second half, Solskjaer’s side pushed their foot on the accelerator.

Anthony Martial scored twice, with Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James also finding the net as United cruised to victory.

And Solskjaer, somewhat inevitably, cut a delighted figure after the match. 

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United goalscorer Rashford said: “It’s always good to score lots of goals and we’re happy, it’s three points we have needed.

“We dropped some points in the last few games and needed to get back to winning ways which we’ve done.

“We just needed to be as simple as possible, keep moving, be positive.

“It’s easy to take your foot off the gas but we didn’t want to do that we went out in the second half the same as the first.

“The first half set the tone for us but it’s about keeping a positive attitude and keep scoring goals.”

“When you come here with two goalkeepers on the bench, I wanted to give a few young lads to show up.

“When I have seen what is going on it is better to take them out because 9-0 on debut is not a good score to have.

“We tried in the second half to keep a clean sheet as much as we could but at nine men it was too easy for them to score.

“What can I say? It is horrible but we stood up after the first 9-0 and we have to do that again.

“I said at the time we do not need it again but when we have it again you have to take it.”