SOUTHAMPTON kid Alex Jankewitz was sent off on his debut after only 82 SECONDS against Manchester United.
And the youngster’s rush of blood had a huge say on the game at Old Trafford – with United going on to record a record-equalling 9-0 win.
The midfielder, 19, was given his marching orders after a horrendous early challenge on Scott McTominay.
The United star was left writing on the turf in agony with stud marks on his thigh.
Referee Mike Dean had no hesitation in brandishing the red card as the 19-year-old headed off for an early bath.
Speaking after full-time, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “You don’t really see many of those tackles around anymore.
“I’m glad Scott is well and it looked like a bad one when he stayed down but he’s just got away with a couple of bruises there.”
Jankewitz is the first player to be sent off on debut since Serge Aurier for Spurs in 2017.
He is one of only four players to be sent off in the opening two minutes of a Premier League game.
The Swiss midfielder follows Tim Flowers for Blackburn against Leeds in Feb 1995, Ben Thatcher for Wimbledon against West Ham in December 1997 and Gareth McAuley for West Brom against Manchester City in March 2015.
The only surprise from the shocking incident was that McTominay escaped serious injury.
The Scottish midfielder managed to get up and carry on as United powered on against the ten men.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka poked United into an 18th minute lead and Marcus Rashford made it 2-0 seven minutes later.
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Things go worse for the injury-hit Saints as Jan Bednarek put through his own goal 11 before minutes before the break.
It was always going to prove a tough night for Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side, who have the worst away record of the top 12 teams in the Premier League.
And going down to ten men so early made it mission impossible.
But few would have predicted it would end up THIS bad.
Edinson Cavani powered in a header as United went into the interval 4-0 up and coasting.
Things went from bad to worse after the break with Anthony Martial, McTominay and a Bruno Fernandes penalty adding to a second red card for Jan Bednarek.
Martial then scored again before Daniel James scored in injury-time to make it NINE.
This defeat was just the third nine-goal deficit in the Premier League era – and the second for Ralph Hassenhuttl’s Saints.
Leicester City famously thrashed Southampton at St Mary’s 18 months ago.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s United, who beat Ipswich Town in March 1995, are the other team to do it.
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