Man Utd 9-Zero Southampton: How do Ralph Hasenhuttl’s facet get better once more?


Up till the beginning of final season, just one crew had ever been overwhelmed 9-Zero within the first 27 years of the Premier League.

Now it has occurred to Southampton twice in 16 months.

Manchester United’s 9-Zero thrashing of the Saints on Tuesday got here after Ralph Hasenhuttl’s facet have been thumped by the identical scoreline in opposition to Leicester in October 2019. United’s 9-Zero win over Ipswich City in 1995 was the one different time it has occurred.

And, very like within the residence defeat by Leicester, Southampton suffered an early setback at Outdated Trafford with a sending off, this time teenager Alexandre Jankewitz receiving a straight pink card after solely two minutes.

Hasenhuttl and his facet took on a restoration course of after that humiliation by the hands of the Foxes, enduring reminders of the outcome within the build-up to a 2-1 win in opposition to the identical opponent three months later, and dealing with as much as questions on the one-year anniversary.

They emerged stronger, it appeared, successful 5 of their first eight league video games this season and being praised for his or her high-energy method. Solely 4 weeks in the past they beat defending champions Liverpool 1-0.

However now the rebuilding begins once more.

“We misplaced once more in a horrible approach. The identical story: one man down and 90 minutes will be lengthy,” stated Austrian Hassenhuttl, who had 9 gamers out injured in opposition to United.

“The lads had no alternate options – no gamers on the bench, no alternate options to defend higher. In the long run, it is a completely different state of affairs to the primary time.

“It hurts extra to have this outcome once more. However the crew is a special one now and we have had a great season to this point. Let’s examine how the season ends.”

The punishing numbers for Saints

  • This was Southampton’s largest away defeat in any competitors they usually have now misplaced 4 consecutive league video games.
  • Some 35% of Southampton’s Premier League objectives this season – 12 out of 35 – have been conceded in opposition to United.
  • It was the primary time United had gained a aggressive sport by greater than a five-goal margin in opposition to Southampton.
  • The Saints grew to become solely the second crew in Premier League historical past to obtain two pink playing cards in opposition to United at Outdated Trafford, after Wigan in November 2010.
  • Jankewitz grew to become the primary participant to be despatched off on his first Premier League begin since Serge Aurier for Tottenham in September 2017.
How should Saints captain James Ward-Prowse be feeling? The midfielder was the one participant to be on the pitch for all 18 objectives of the 2 9-Zero defeats.

The place do Saints go from right here?

Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman, talking on BBC’s Match of the Day: “Southampton should get outcomes – like they did final time [they lost 9-0]. They caught collectively and galvanised the crew. They want positivity again within the membership. They’re on a poor run.”

Former England ahead Dion Dublin, talking on BBC’s Match of the Day: “I like Ralph. He’s an excellent supervisor and has a great squad of gamers who will stick collectively. It’s all about managing what has occurred on Tuesday in the easiest way doable.”

BBC Radio 5 Stay commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball: “I do not assume the Southampton board final season, after the 9-Zero loss to Leicester, have been ever actually minded to do away with Hasenhuttl as a result of they’ve at all times trusted in him they usually consider in him for the long run.

“There is no fear about this newest defeat in any respect as a result of they’ve had such a great begin to the marketing campaign and can take into account the circumstances behind this newest loss.”

And what about Hasenhuttl?

“Sure it hurts. It hurts me essentially the most, however I can not change it any extra – it is occurred. The one approach is we’re collectively. I sit right here and reply and in the intervening time I’ve no alternate options over what I do with the crew, and that is it.”

Evaluation – ‘Hassenhuttl wants to make sure there isn’t any hangover’

BBC soccer reporter Simon Stone at Outdated Trafford

Hassenhuttl was courteous in answering questions and adamant there’s a massive distinction between this 9-Zero defeat and the one his facet suffered in opposition to Leicester.

Then, they went on to lose three extra video games and draw one other earlier than he modified techniques and commenced a journey that took them to the highest of the desk earlier this season.

There have been some distinctive elements that conspired in opposition to Hassenhuttl’s crew at Outdated Trafford – a large damage checklist, an early pink card and a debatable second one.

Religion within the Austrian to show the state of affairs round stays excessive.

However having spent the summer season establishing “the Southampton playbook”, Hasenhuttl wants to make sure there isn’t any hangover from this shuddering setback, in any other case main questions will should be answered.

The issue with producing a blueprint is that you do not have a number of room for manoeuvre if it begins to go flawed.

He nonetheless has backing…

And if positivity noticed Hasenhuttl by way of first time round, possibly he can take some solace from this Saints fan…

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