Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl identified the most ‘disappointing’ aspect of their bruising 9-0 defeat, and managed to keep his emotions in check when speaking about the referee in charge.
Southampton conceded nine for the second time in just over a year when slipping to a crushing defeat against Man Utd.
An early red card for youngster Alexandre Jankewitz left them with a mountain to climb, one that became a near-impossible task as the Red Devils seemingly scored at will throughout the contest.
Jan Bednarek became the Saints’ second dismissal late on for a seemingly innocuous foul on Anthony Martial. The decision bemused the centre-half who host broadcaster BT Sport picked up saying while trundling down the tunnel: “Martial said it wasn’t a foul.”
Speaking to the BBC after the match, Hasenhuttl said: “One man down after three minutes against this opponent, congrats to Man United and they worked us off and did not stop scoring. The second red card is most disappointing, we don’t have anymore players.
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“Jan Bednarek does not kill him but I do not want to speak about the referee. Last week he was our VAR and made his mark in the game. It was a stupid foul from the young lad and kills everything.
“When you come here with two goalkeepers on the bench, I wanted to give a few young lads to show up. When I have seen what is going on it is better to take them out because 9-0 on debut is not a good score to have.
“We tried in the second half to keep a clean sheet as much as we could but at nine men it was too easy for them to score.
“What can I say? It is horrible but we stood up after the first 9-0 and we have to do that again. I said at the time we do not need it again but when we have it again you have to take it.”