United equal Premier League record: Solskjaer's post-match comments

The last time Manchester United won by nine goals was the 4th March 1995 – not one United fan expected this iconic scoreline to be repeated on Tuesday evening.

Miraculously, it was, and Ole's men became just the third team in Premier League history to win by nine or more goals after Leicester City defeated Southampton by the same scoreline last season.

United were gifted an advantage after Alex Jankewitz was sent off in the second minute of his full Premier League debut after a horror challenge on Scott McTominay – the Scotsman was lucky to be able to continue in the game.

However, United proceeded to run riot in the first half thanks to Aaron Wan-Bissaka opening the scoring, followed by goals from Marcus Rashford, a Jan Bednarek own goal and Edinson Cavani.

The home side didn't let up in the second period as Anthony Martial and McTominay found the back of the net to make it 6-0 after 71 minutes.

Things went from bad to worse for the away side as Bednarek was shown a red card after denying Martial of a clear goal scoring opportunity.

As always, Bruno Fernandes converted from 12 yards, with a further Martial goal and a ninth via substitute Daniel James adding to what was an impeccable display from Solskjaer's men.

  • Solskjaer's thoughts:

In response to MUTV saying that Andy Cole got five goals the last time United scored nine, Solskjaer said:

"We shared the goals between the boys more than he did! We perhaps had an easier task tonight with them getting a man sent off so early, but it is never easy to break teams down when they sit back and defend with ten men. I thought we were excellent."

When asked why we didn't struggle breaking Southampton down, the United boss responded with:

"We moved the ball well and quickly, we used the width, we had movements in behind, strikers willing to get on the end of things and scoring goals. We even had our full-backs wanting to be on the end of things so it was one of those performances that you get once in a while and enjoy."

In response to being asked if Solskjaer wants his team to be ruthless, the Norwegian said:

"Yeah. You want to take your chances and you want to score goals. Sometimes, a league position can be decided by goal difference. We knew that, when they got the sending off, it was a good chance to score goals but we had to get the first one. Then they have to open up a little bit and you get more and more chances to score goals."

When asked about the changes at half time, Solskjaer said;

"Edinson [Cavani] got a bad tackle on his ankle so he had to come off. He would've loved to be out there scoring goals. It's always nice to be able to bring minutes to the legs of the boys and Dan [James] got a goal again!"

  • What's next for United?

Ole's men host Everton in the Premier League on Saturday evening as they look to keep the gap between themselves and Manchester City as small as possible.