Southampton defender Jan Bednarek claimed that even Anthony Martial did not think he should have been awarded a penalty in Manchester United’s rout of the Saints.
It was a night to forget for Bednarek, who scored an own goal, gave away a penalty and was sent off as Southampton were crushed 9-0 by United.
The result moved United level on points with league leaders Manchester City. As for Southampton, they have now lost four games in a row in the Premier League.
The latest loss was particularly painful, as it equalled the heaviest ever defeat in the Premier League. Southampton have suffered that scoreline twice.
While the outcome of the game was never in doubt, the scoreline could have been slightly lower if United had not been given a penalty in the 87th minute.
Bednarek was penalised as Martial went down under his challenge. Referee Mike Dean consulted VAR, but even though it looked like Martial had dived, he still gave the penalty and also issued a red card to Bednarek.
Bruno Fernandes went on to score the penalty, which gave United a seven-goal lead. Martial himself went on to score, as well as Daniel James, to complete the rout.
However, Bednarek was protesting his innocence over the incident – claiming that Martial even admitted it should not have been a penalty.
“It’s not a foul! Martial said it’s not a foul,” he was heard saying as he walked down the tunnel.
Hasenhuttl refuses to comment
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was clearly not happy with the decision. It was Southampton’s second red card of the game after debutant Alex Jankewitz had been dismissed early on.
There was little doubt about the first red card, but Bednarek’s was controversial.
However, Hasenhuttl refused to vent his frustration in too much detail.
“Jan Bednarek does not kill him but I do not want to speak about the referee,” he told BBC Sport.
“Last week he [Dean] was our VAR and made his mark in the game. It was a stupid foul from the young lad [Jankewitz] and kills everything.”