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 facet have been thumped by the identical scoreline in opposition to 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 Previous 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 end result 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, profitable 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 manner. The identical story: one man down and 90 minutes might 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 totally different state of affairs to the primary time.
“It hurts extra to have this end result once more. However the staff is a special one now and we have had an excellent season thus far. Let’s have a look at 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 turned solely the second staff in Premier League historical past to obtain two pink playing cards in opposition to United at Previous 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 must 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 best ways doable.”
BBC Radio 5 Dwell commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball: “I do not suppose the Southampton board final season, after the 9-0 loss to Leicester, have been ever actually minded to do away with Hasenhuttl as a result of they’ve all the time trusted in him they usually imagine in him for the long run.
“There is not any 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 think about 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 manner is we’re collectively. I sit right here and reply and for the time being I’ve no alternate 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 Previous Trafford
Hassenhuttl was courteous in answering questions and adamant there’s a massive distinction between this 9-0 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 staff at Previous Trafford – a large damage record, 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 time setting up “the Southampton playbook”, Hasenhuttl wants to make sure there isn’t any hangover from this shuddering setback, in any other case main questions will must be answered.
The issue with producing a blueprint is that you do not have plenty of room for manoeuvre if it begins to go incorrect.
He nonetheless has backing…
And if positivity noticed Hasenhuttl via first time round, possibly he can take some solace from this Saints fan…