Twenty-six years is how far back in time one would have to travel to witness Manchester united put nine unanswered goals past their opponent’s goal line.
This was the case until yesterday when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men mirrored the said scoreline against Southampton. While it was not the most competitive game of football to witness, United fans will be the first to tell you they thoroughly enjoyed the match. Their glee is very much warranted because the match was monumental for several reasons.
Firstly, the scoreline equals their own record for most goals scored in a single Premier League match. Secondly, the result yielded three points equalling Manchester City’s 44 who currently only lead by goal difference. Thirdly, this victory serves as a massive confidence boost for United as it marks a resurgence to winning ways and reassures the squad that they do have the capacity to dominate.
As stated, United fans will speak of enjoyment and apparently so does United’s Manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. In a post-match interview, Solskjaer said he has been waiting for the boys to
“show the magic and of course tonight is the night they could go and enjoy”.
He then stressed that unfortunately, they (United) hadn’t had many opportunities to enjoy their matches meaning the bulk of the matches have been more competitive.
As for Southampton, this defeat was undoubtedly crushing as it was one absent positives. Professionalism dictates that Ralph Hassenhuttl’s men put this match behind them and focus on the next game. However, this might prove challenging considering two lingering torments in the form of red cards issued to Alex Jankewitz and Jan Bednarek who will miss on the next match.
Both teams will be in action this weekend, Manchester United now looks to carry the momentum into their match vs Everton while Southampton looks to recover vs Newcastle United.