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Michael Owen slammed Mike Dean's decision to give Jan Bednarek his marching orders as Manchester United thrashed Southampton 9-0.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side equalled the Premier League's biggest ever wins with their nine-goal thrashing of the Saints, who had Alexandre Jankewitz sent off early on.
Jankewitz was dismissed after a reckless lunge on Scott McTominay just 82 seconds into his first top-flight start.
And things got much worse for Ralph Hasenhuttl's side as United fired seven past them before Bednarek was sent off late in the game.
The defender was adjudged by Dean to have fouled Antony Martial in the box, with the referee awarding a penalty.
And after a VAR check, Dean ruled Martial had been denied a clear goalscoring opportunity – leading him to brandish the red card at Bednarek.
Bruno Fernandes scored from the resulting spot-kick, before Dan James added a ninth goal for United in injury time.
Afterwards, Solskjaer had sympathy for the Saints, calling for the rule on 'professional fouls' to be changed.
And former Red Devils striker Owen branded the decision to send off Bednarek "a shambles" and "an absolute joke".
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"That absolutely sums things up," Owen wrote on Twitter.
"The best thing is it hardly matters. But if that’s a pen then the game has officially gone. Biggest example of a dive I’ve seen in ages. Shambles."
Later on, he took to Twitter again, posting: "I admire Mike Dean. He’s always been a referee who has shown real courage under pressure.
"But tonight’s decision was the perfect opportunity to stand out from the crowd.
"We really need someone who understands the game to make these big calls. That was an absolute joke tonight."
United's win matched their thrashing of Ipswich Town in 1995, while Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl became the first Premier League manager to twice lose 9-0 after his side's pummeling by Leicester in 2019.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- Premier League
- Manchester United FC
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