They were already 4-0 up at half-time after a very early red card, and then further punished Southampton in the second half, adding another five.
‘They were ruthless, United,’ Hoddle told BT Sport.
Manchester United punished Southampton’s red cards to score nine goals on Tuesday night
Alexandre Jankewitz was given his marching orders early on after a horrific challenge
‘Mentally, in the second half you see that each player was pushing each other on, it doesn’t matter what the score is, we are going to just keep going at Southampton.
‘You have to feel sorry for Southampton. They had nine players out. That’s bad enough. Then get a man sent off.’
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side has been crippled by injury in recent weeks, and on his first league start for the club, Alexandre Jankewitz got sent off inside two minutes.
’89 minutes to play with 10 men is very very difficult against quality players. But some of the finishing was excellent from Man United. You have to say it is a very ruthless, professional performance.’
Manchester United were clinical in their finishing and didn’t let up until the final whistle
‘It’s just what the doctor ordered after the week they’ve had,’ said fellow pundit and former United player Rio Ferdinand. ‘They got themselves into a great position in the league and didn’t justify themselves.
‘We asked for a performance. They were helped by a red card but this is what their strike-force needed. This is where they regain their confidence and really get their momentum going again.’
More to follow.