Southampton will be looking for a completely different outcome when they travel to Old Trafford this weekend, after their last visit ended in a 9-0 defeat.
Egg was left on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s face when the scoreline was made worse after it equalled the Premier League record for the heaviest ever loss.
However, the German is still a very well-respected football coach in the Premier League, and he has built a Saints side that could cause us an upset on Saturday. It doesn’t help that our form of late has been terrible — losing to Boro in the FA Cup on penalties and drawing 1-1 against Burnley on Tuesday night.
Southampton got a better result on Wednesday night beating Tottenham 3-2 in dramatic style. On top of that, they recently ended Man City’s winning run with a 1-1 draw at St. Mary’s, so United will be up against it.
We are certainly not expecting another 9-0 and Hasenhuttl will hope they can take something from their trip up north.
As quoted by Hampshire Live, Hasenhuttl spoke after last night’s game and referenced last season’s 9-0 hammering.
“I am very empty – I have no idea how the players are. We are only tired right now,” he said.
“We have had some great results in tough games against Manchester City and Tottenham, and we haven’t lost. This is fantastic.
“We know that we need at least to perform the same on Saturday. They have 24 hours longer to recover than we have. This will be super tough.
“We lost there 9-0 last season, I haven’t forgotten this.”
The biggest difference this season is having fans back in stadiums. Losing 9-0 in front of your fans who have spent the morning — or night before — travelling is not something platers want to do.
But I hope our players put them through it again, especially with the added touch of their fans having to witness it live in front of their very own eyes.