How do you recuperate from a 9-0 loss … twice?
Up up until the start of last season, only one group had actually ever been beaten 9-0 in the very first 27 years of the Premier League.
Manchester United’s 9-0 thrashing of the Saints on Tuesday followed Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were thumped by the same scoreline versus Leicester in October 2019. United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich Town in 1995 was the only other time it has actually taken place.
And, similar to in the home defeat by Leicester, Southampton suffered an early setback at Old Trafford with a dispatching, this time child Alexandre Jankewitz receiving a straight red card after only 2 minutes.
Hasenhuttl and his side handled a recovery procedure after that embarrassment at the hands of the Foxes, enduring reminders of the outcome in the accumulation to a 2-1 win versus the exact same opponent three months later on, and dealing with up to questions on the 1 year anniversary.
They emerged more powerful, it seemed, winning 5 of their first eight league games this season and being applauded for their high-energy approach. Just 4 weeks ago they beat safeguarding champs Liverpool 1-0.
But now the rebuilding begins once again.
” We lost again in a horrible method. The very same story: one man down and 90 minutes can be long,” stated Austrian Hassenhuttl, who had 9 players out hurt against United.
” The lads had no alternatives – no gamers on the bench, no alternatives to safeguard better. In the end, it’s a different scenario to the very first time.
” It harms more to have this outcome again. But the group is a various one now and we’ve had a great season up until now. Let’s see how the season ends.”
Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman, speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day: “Southampton need to get outcomes – like they did last time [they lost 9-0] They stuck together and galvanised the team. They require positivity back in the club. They’re on a poor run.”
Former England forward Dion Dublin, speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day: “I like Ralph. He is a very excellent supervisor and has an excellent squad of gamers who will stick. It is everything about managing what has taken place on Tuesday in the very best way possible.”
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Alistair Bruce-Ball: “I do not believe the Southampton board last season, after the 9-0 loss to Leicester, were ever really minded to eliminate Hasenhuttl due to the fact that they have actually always relied on him and they think in him for the long term.
” There’s no worry about this newest defeat at all due to the fact that they have had such an excellent start to the project and will think about the situations behind this latest loss.”
And what about Hasenhuttl?
” Yes it hurts. It harms me the most, however I can not alter it any more – it’s happened. The only way is we are together. I sit here and address and at the moment I’ve no options over what I finish with the team, and that’s it.”
BBC football reporter Simon Stone at Old Trafford
Hassenhuttl was considerate in addressing concerns and adamant there is a big distinction in between this 9-0 defeat and the one his side suffered against Leicester.
Then, they went on to lose 3 more video games and draw another before he altered methods and began a journey that took them to the top of the table previously this season.
There were some special elements that conspired versus Hassenhuttl’s group at Old Trafford – an enormous injury list, an early red card and a debatable second one.
Faith in the Austrian to turn the scenario around remains high.
But having spent the summer building “the Southampton playbook”, Hasenhuttl requires to ensure there is no hangover from this shuddering setback, otherwise significant questions will require to be answered.
The problem with producing a blueprint is that you do not have a lot of space for manoeuvre if it starts to fail.