Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains playing Fred at left back in Southampton win

Man Utd: Solskjaer happy with ‘hunger’ in record win

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up on playing Fred at left back for the second half of the club’s 9-0 win over Southampton. The Red Devils produced a sublime attacking performance to pick up all three points. And they’re now level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table, having played two games more.

Manchester United ran out comfortable winners against Southampton, who saw Alexandre Jankewitz and Jan Bednarek dismissed on a chastening night.

Bednarek scored an own goal prior to his red card, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial (x2), Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James also finding the net.

During the contest, Fred was deployed at left back by Solskjaer.

That happened after Luke Shaw was taken off, with the United boss wanting to make sure his defender was ready and available for the weekend’s showdown with Everton.

And Solskjaer explained his decision after the match by saying: “There’s been a few good Brazilian left-backs around and we got one ourself with Alex (Telles).

“But it was about resting Luke and we needed to give minutes to some players and Fred can do that.”

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United managed to equal their record win on the night, having previously thumped Ipswich 9-0 when Solskjaer was a player.

And, when the Norwegian was quizzed on that game, he said: “I did not think about that at all, we just focus on improving and getting better and learning experience to find different areas and spaces.

“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.

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“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 thing but it was about the mojo and spark, the X-Factor.

“Mason Greenwood was terrific and his performance was top for a player who did not score a goal.

“The second sending off for them, that rule should be taken away. The other rule is the offside one when play carries on and Aaron Wan-Bissaka was hurt by it. We have called for that to be changed.”

The United boss also expressed his delight at seeing the club run riot, especially with the Red Devils previously losing out on the title to Manchester City on goal difference back in 2012.

“Yes you want to take your chances, you want to score goals of course,” he said.

“Sometimes a league position can be decided by goal difference. So we knew that when they got the sending off this is the chance to score goals.

“But you have to get the first one that’s the main thing.

“If you get the first one they have to open up a little bit and then you’ll get more and more chances to score more goals.

“We’ve been on the end of goal difference being the deciding factor unfortunately and of course, it was important to make the right decisions, play as well as you can and don’t think about them being 10 men or whatever. Play as well as you can.”

Meanwhile, a dejected Ralph Hasenhuttl has expressed his disappointment with the result.

The Southampton boss, speaking to BT Sport after the match, 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 any more players.

“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.”

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