Ralph Hasenhuttl has laid the blame for Southampton’s 9-0 defeat to Manchester United at the feet of Alexandre Jankewitz.
Jankewitz to blame
19-year-old Jankewitz was sent off in the third minute versus the Red Devils on what was his first start for the Saints (Transfermarkt). The south-coast outfit went on to lose 9-0, the second time they have been on the end of such a scoreline in 16 months.
After the match, Hasenhuttl admitted just how important that early sending off was. He said (via Hampshire Live):
“Everything that happened today was based on a very silly mistake in the beginning from a very young player playing the first time in the Premier League.
“But it has happened again and this is not easy to explain why it happened.”
Harsh but fair
Will Smallbone, Ibrahim Diallo and Oriol Romeu were all unavailable to Hasenhuttl at Old Trafford, meaning the manager had little choice but to give Jankewitz an opportunity.
The Switzerland U21’s inexperience was glaring as he planted his studs into Scott McTominay’s thigh, and there is no doubt that his dismissal had a huge impact on the game.
Whether he was the only reason they were so poor is debatable – a number of teams have lost players early on in matches and have not gone on to lose by such a heavy scoreline.
The issue now is how the teenager and Southampton recover. When they suffered the same fate against Leicester, they turned things around and climbed up the table – they must look to do the same again.
Can Jankewitz recover from this setback?
For Jankewitz, you can only hope he does not wallow in self-pity. He has plenty of time to learn and recover from this setback.
In other news, Southampton eye a summer move for this full-back.
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