Up till the beginning of final season, just one staff had ever been overwhelmed 9-0 within the first 27 years of the Premier League.
Now it has occurred to Southampton twice in 16 months.
Manchester United’s 9-0 thrashing of the Saints on Tuesday got here after Ralph Hasenhuttl’s aspect have been thumped by the identical scoreline towards Leicester in October 2019. United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich City in 1995 was the one different time it has occurred.
And, very similar to within the house defeat by Leicester, Southampton suffered an early setback at Outdated Trafford with a sending off, this time teenager Alexandre Jankewitz receiving a straight purple card after solely two minutes.
Hasenhuttl and his aspect 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 towards the identical opponent three months later, and going through 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 method. The identical story: one man down and 90 minutes might be lengthy,” stated Austrian Hassenhuttl, who had 9 gamers out injured towards United.
“The lads had no options – no gamers on the bench, no options to defend higher. Ultimately, it is a totally different state of affairs to the primary time.
“It hurts extra to have this outcome once more. However the staff is a distinct one now and we have had an excellent season thus far. Let’s examine how the season ends.”
The punishing numbers for Saints
- This was Southampton’s largest away defeat in any competitors and so they 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 towards United.
- It was the primary time United had gained a aggressive recreation by greater than a five-goal margin towards Southampton.
- The Saints turned solely the second staff in Premier League historical past to obtain two purple playing cards towards United at Outdated Trafford, after Wigan in November 2010.
- Jankewitz turned the primary participant to be despatched off on his first Premier League begin since Serge Aurier for Tottenham in September 2017.
The place do Saints go from right here?
Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman, talking on BBC’s Match of the Day: “Southampton need to get outcomes – like they did final time [they lost 9-0]. They caught collectively and galvanised the staff. 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 an excellent squad of gamers who will stick collectively. It’s all about managing what has occurred on Tuesday in one of the simplest ways potential.”
BBC Radio 5 Dwell commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball: “I do not assume the Southampton board final season, after the 9-0 loss to Leicester, have been ever actually minded to eliminate Hasenhuttl as a result of they’ve at all times trusted in him and so they 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 an excellent begin to the marketing campaign and can contemplate the circumstances behind this newest loss.”
And what about Hasenhuttl?
“Sure it hurts. It hurts me probably the most, however I can not change it any extra – it is occurred. The one method is we’re collectively. I sit right here and reply and in the meanwhile I’ve no options over what I do with the staff, 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 huge distinction between this 9-0 defeat and the one his aspect suffered towards Leicester.
Then, they went on to lose three extra video games and draw one other earlier than he modified techniques and started a journey that took them to the highest of the desk earlier this season.
There have been some distinctive elements that conspired towards Hassenhuttl’s staff at Outdated Trafford – an enormous damage record, an early purple card and a debatable second one.
Religion within the Austrian to show the state of affairs round stays excessive.
However having spent the summer time developing “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 loads of room for manoeuvre if it begins to go mistaken.
He nonetheless has backing…
And if positivity noticed Hasenhuttl by way of first time round, perhaps he can take some solace from this Saints fan…