The Warmdown: The Red Devils humiliate the Saints
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Manchester United fans felt like they were in dreamland last night, as they were able to witness their side win 9-0 against Southampton and score nine goals in a Premier League game for the first time since 1995.

The last time United scored nine in a game was against Ipswich Town  - coincidently a 9-0 victory at Old Trafford.

The Reds could have broken their record and hit Southampton for ten - had Mike Dean given the penalty earlier on in the first half for Kayne Ramsey's foul on Edinson Cavani - that was given just outside the box 

  • Full-back masterclass

Neutral fans watching the game last night would've thought they were witnessing the full-back pairing of Dani Alves and Jordi Alba in the shape of Aaron Wan Bissaka and Luke Shaw. The full-backs were involved in three of United's nine goals - two assists for Shaw and a goal for Wan Bissaka. 

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On the back of the transfer window closing, United were reportedly in pursuit of Max Aarons and Kieran Trippier - two right-backs who could have competed with Wan Bissaka for a starting position. 

However, since those reports broke out, the right-back has immensely upped his attacking game with great performances against Arsenal and Southampton. 

The resurgence of Shaw this season is one for all football fans to applaud. His arrival from Southampton in 2014 has seen him underperform, due to numerous circumstances as a result of his horrific leg break in 2015.

The 25-year-old left-back was arguably one of United's best performers in last night's win - as not only did he assist two goals, but he produced five key passes - all in the space of 45 minutes.

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Alex Telles' arrival last summer has seemed to have elevated Shaw's game, and Shaw could now be challenging for England's starting left-back position - a spot he will be eyeing up for the Euros this summer if he continues his scintillating form. 

  • NINE

All Ralph Hassenhutl will be remembering from last night's result was  the number nine. Nine men on the field and nine goals conceded.

It was night to forget for the Austrian boss, as he will be having flashbacks to when his Saints side last conceded nine goals - a 9-0 loss Leicester City in December 2019. It was a result no one thought Southampton would bounce back from. 

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But credit to the Southampton boss, he galvanised the team to bounce back from that poor performance at the St Mary's, and it will now be very interesting to see now how his side responds from such a demoralising performance. 

On the other hand, United's emphatic win saw them manage to score with seven different goal scorers, a feat no club had managed to do so since Rafael Benitez's Chelsea, in a 8-0 win over Aston Villa back in 2012. 

  • Confidence boost?

The 9-0 result will have now inevitably boosted Solskjaer's  team confidence going into Saturday evening's clash against Carlo Ancelotti's Blues.

The likes of Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani will need to be firing on all fronts if they are mount a title challenge in the next three months of the season. 

Three goals between them in last night's win should give them the confidence boost to perform in the upcoming games against Everton, West Brom and the big Europa League tie against Real Sociedad

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After gaining one points out of a possible six against Sheffield United and Arsenal, the win over Southampton was the perfect response to a poor last seven days of football. 

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