Manchester United’s 9-0 thumping of Southampton certainly had a lot of pomp and celebration to it. Coming at the back of underwhelming fixtures, this was the precise sort of result that Ole Gunnar Solskjær needed to reinvigorate his side and supporters.
However, the goal-heavy result also showcased some of the finest display within United’s ranks and in particular, the performances of his two full-backs shone through.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw were excellent on the night, putting in incredible displays and having the statistics to back it up.
In fact, Wan-Bissaka opened the scoring for the night, netting his first-ever Old Trafford goal in the Premier League. As for Shaw, the 25-year-old ended up providing two assists during the game- first for his fellow full-back’s opener and then again to find Edinson Cavani’s head at the cusp of half-time.
Solskjær did make a tactical change bringing him off at the half-time interval in place of Donny van de Beek. However, that move speaks even more volumes about his impact as Shaw created the most chances of any Red Devil on the pitch with his 5 and all that came with just one half’s worth of football.
Likewise, Wan-Bissaka, renowned for his technical prowess in defense and exceptional tackling, has as of recent been showing great offensive ability too. The former Crystal Palace man has been playing higher up on the pitch than usual, which has created incredible creative potential.
This is a facet that recent United sides have lacked in plenty with their fullbacks being a new source of chances and goals as well. One might even argue that this is the natural evolution of the attacking winger’s lingering presence that has been in United’s DNA from aeons altogether.
The English full-back pair are arguably the best in the Premier League at this point in time.