A furious Jan Bednarek claimed Anthony Martial admitted he wasn't fouled in the challenge which earned him a red card for Southampton away at Manchester United on Tuesday night.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men were on the wrong end of a 9-0 pummelling at Old Trafford, which got off to a nightmare start when debutant Alexandre Jankewitz was sent off 82 seconds into his full Premier League bow for a reckless challenge on Scott McTominay.
Saints were made to pay for having a man less and went in at the break 4-0 down, but it’s fair to say things went from bad to worse for them after the interval.
United went on to put another five goals past the visitors in the final 20 minutes of the game, which goes down as the joint-highest win in Premier League history.
Bruno Fernandes tucked home their eighth of the night from the penalty spot, with referee Mike Dean pointing to the spot when Bednarek appeared to bring Martial down inside the box.
After lengthy consultation with VAR, Dean stuck with his decision and even brandished Bednarek a red card – meaning Saints finished the game with nine men.
The Poland defender was not best pleased with the decision and even claimed Martial had admitted it wasn’t a foul before he headed down the tunnel.
As he left the field, BT Sport’s microphones picked up Bednarek saying: “It’s not a foul! Martial said it’s not a foul!”
Hasenhuttl felt Dean’s decision to send Bednarek off was “most disappointing”, while also branding the nine-goal drubbing “horrible”.
The Southampton manager said in his post-match interview: “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.
“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.
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"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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