Daniel James.

United Briefing: Record-equalling win will spread confidence

Wednesday 03 February 2021 08:00

There aren’t many men who can claim they’ve scored their side’s ninth goal in a Premier League match - just three, in fact.

It’s something that Andy Cole and Jamie Vardy can boast of from 9-0 triumphs in 1995 and 2019 respectively, and now Daniel James, fresh from Manchester United’s nine-goal demolition of Southampton, can add himself to that illustrious list of names.

But the Wales international certainly wasn’t hogging any of the limelight following the emphatic league victory, and was keen to highlight the importance this will have for team morale in the weeks to come.

“We are all confident at the minute, but getting the goals today is great for everyone,” the winger told MUTV following the game. “Everyone is involved in all the goals really, so it was nice to see and nice to go on and get my own goal as well.”
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James: Ole told us to keep pushing

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The game did hinge around the dismissal of Southampton’s Alex Jankewitz in the second minute, but James explained that even while facing a man fewer, the Reds still had a fight on our hands.

“When people go down to 10 men it is so easy to think we have won the game already, but we had to do the right things,” he said. 

“We had to do what we have been doing all week which is getting down the side, getting crosses in, which we did, and we got all the goals from there and we kept pushing the whole game to get more.

“The Aaron [Wan-Bissaka] one: Harry [Maguire] had said after the cross before to just go and get in the box and the next one he did and he got his goal. I think he will be delighted.

“It’s also great for Edi [Cavani] as well, his goal has been coming. He always gets in great areas and he’s a great player to play with. He’s been unlucky in the last few weeks but he’s got his goal tonight.”
Incredibly, much of the pre-match talk had centred around the Reds’ perceived lack of firepower up front in recent matches, something Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself addressed in Monday’s press conference.

Dan, who was introduced from the bench in the second half, revealed exactly what the boss said at the break with United winning 4-0, and outlined just how much he and Maguire wanted the Reds to add to our tally in the second 45.

“It is easy coming in at half-time and thinking we’ve won the game but Harry [Maguire] and the gaffer especially were on to the boys about: ‘go out second half and do exactly the same’,” said James.

“Leagues, sometimes, goal difference is massive, but also for our confidence and doing the right things and today was the day we could go and do that. The second half takes us into the next game as well and we went and scored more goals.”
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Highlights: United 9 Saints 0

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WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY?

Expect a lot more reaction from a record-equalling night at Old Trafford. We’ll bring you a quiz from that epic contest, Tunnel Insider, plus a host of other post-match stories.

Elsewhere, there are more Premier League fixtures on Wednesday, with Manchester City travelling to Burnley, while and Fulham host Leicester City and Liverpool entertain Brighton & Hove Albion.

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WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?

It was an unforgettable night at Old Trafford, as we recorded the joint-highest Premier League win since the league’s inception in 1992.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial (2), Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James all netted for the Reds along with a Jan Bednarek own-goal.

After the rout, we spoke to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Marcus Rashford. The former gave an update on an injury to Edinson Cavani, while the latter moved into our all-time top-25 goalscorers on Tuesday, overtaking the great Eric Cantona.

Earlier, on a date that will go down in United history, it was announced that Paul Pogba had won our January 2021 Player of the Month award, while the Goal of the Month vote was opened in our Official App.

The winter transfer window wrapped up at midnight on Tuesday morning and later in the day it was confirmed that Marcos Rojo has departed the club.

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