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goal rush Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reaction as Manchester United hit NINE past hapless Southampton

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Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates with team mate Fred after their team's third goal, an own goal scored by Jan Bednarek of Southampton (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates with team mate Fred after their team's third goal, an own goal scored by Jan Bednarek of Southampton (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates with team mate Fred after their team's third goal, an own goal scored by Jan Bednarek of Southampton (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted he was not surprised to see his side go goal crazy against Southampton, as they turned on the style to beat nine-man Southampton 9-0 at Old Trafford.

Alexandre Jankewitz’s red card within 90 seconds of his first senior start for a terrible challenge on Scott McTominay made an uphill battle even tougher for injury-hit Saints.

It was a gut punch that meant it was a case of how many Southampton would concede on the way to their fourth consecutive league loss, with Jan Bednarek also sent off as United went on to win 9-0.

It was an unwanted repeat of the scoreline that Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men fell to against Leicester in October 2019 as United equalled their record Premier League win against Ipswich from 1995.

The victory moved United level on points with leaders Manchester City and dramatically cut the goal difference gap, with full debut Jankewitz’s red card from Mike Dean after 81 seconds making this a night to forget for Saints.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford scored before Bednarek’s own goal, with Edinson Cavani heading home before the break.

Substitute Anthony Martial rifled home United’s fifth before McTominay scored from distance, with things unravelling spectacularly at the death.

Dean was advised to check the pitchside monitor after Martial went down under very little pressure from Bednarek, yet kept with his decision and surprisingly sent off the Poland defender.

Bruno Fernandes scored the penalty, before Martial and fellow substitute Daniel James made it nine.

"When the game starts like it does it's always if you can get the first goal as we have seen so many examples of 10 men closing up shop and getting a draw," said Solskjaer.

"We've been waiting for them to show the magic and it was a night for them to go and enjoy it. We've not had many times where we could just enjoy the second half.

"You get lots of confidence from a performance like this, scoring goals is always good for a team."

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The scoreboard displays the final score following the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford. (Photo by Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images)

The scoreboard displays the final score following the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford. (Photo by Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images)

The scoreboard displays the final score following the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford. (Photo by Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images)

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The win revived memories of United's 9-0 win against Ipswich back in 1995, when Andy Cole scored five goals, with Solskjaer hoping the goal rush inspires some of his forward players to spark into life.

"Anthony Martial, it is good to get him going, he could have had another one with the chip. Unfortunately it did not go in but good performance from everyone," he added.

"You have to take your chances in tight or open games, you never know what might be the deciding factor, we know - better than anyone - what goal difference can do to you because we have lost the league on goal difference.

"Confidence is one think but it was about the mojo and spark, the X-Factor."

The win moved United level with neighbours Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table with 44 points, but Pep Guardiola's title favourites have two games in hand.

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