Manchester United equalled their Premier League record victory with a 9-0 win over nine-man Southampton last night.
Alexandre Jankewitz’s second minute red card set the tone for an attack vs defence type of game.
But it’s not always easy facing ten men and United deserve credit for the ruthless way they handled the situation.
None of United’s players had a bad game, but there were some outstanding displays on a night which boosted every player’s confidence.
Here is a look at United’s best players against Southampton…
The man who opened the scoring may well have been United’s least likely outfield scorer.
But with Southampton defending narrowly, Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw on the other side swiftly realised they were United’s best attacking weapons.
It was a fantastic run he made to the back post to put United on the road to victory.
On top of his goal, he whipped in three crosses and made three interceptions.
Wan-Bissaka has been criticised for his attacking output at times. But he showed real intent here and offered a threat all night long.
Linking up with Wan-Bissaka down the right was Mason Greenwood.
He had three shots, two of which were on target, as well as providing two key passes including the assist for Marcus Rashford’s goal.
Greenwood was also unlucky not to score.
When Mike Dean awarded a penalty in the first half which was subsequently overturned, the ball was about to fall to Greenwood with a real sight of goal.
He also went on three dribbles and often showed the invention United needed to break down the visitors’ deep defence.
Shaw continued his strong recent form against his former club.
In just 45 minutes, he made five key passes and set up two goals.
Like Wan-Bissaka, he bombed forward at will and his cross into the box for Edinson Cavani’s goal was absolutely pinpoint.
His importance to United was indicated by the fact Solskjaer sought to rest him once the game was won.
It’s not often someone impresses so much in just one half of football but that shows how well Shaw is playing right now.
Once again, he was at the heart of everything United did.
He had six shots and made five key passes, getting his goal from the penalty spot and laying on two second half goals.
There were times when his frustration was visible but stuck at it and got his rewards.
Some critics had started to remark on his recent league form and this was the perfect response.
Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial also deserve a mention for their displays in the parts of the game they played.
Scott McTominay also controlled matters from midfield and nobody in the team played badly.
It was a perfect night on the back of two winless matches with strong performances all across the pitch.
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