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26 December 2011
• Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee: P. Dowd
• Attendance: 75183
Ji-Sung Park 8'
D. Berbatov 41', 58', 78'
A. Valencia 75'
90' + 3'
FULL TIME! Phil Dowd blows to signal the end of the game, United record their eighth win in nine games, United potentially go joint top with Manchester City if West Brom hold on to their 0-0 at The Hawthrons
90' + 2'
Speculative effort from Antonio Alcaraz goes flying past Lindegaard's post, never looked close to improving his record of one goal in 47 appearances for the Latics.
Daron Gibson with a decent effort from the edge of the area, Al Habsi gets down well to parry the ball away, just out of the reach of Dimitar Berbatov
United are toying with the Wigan back line, passing the ball for fun as they see this game out. The three points have never been in doubt for Sir Alex's men
The Latics have mustered just 30% possession in the second half, this really has been an up-hill battle for Roberto Martinez's men
Anders Lindegaard has barely had a touch today! The goalkeeper has conceded no goals in his last two games, and seen his team score ten! And there's still ten minutes to go!
Assist Ji-Sung Park
Penalty Goal D. Berbatov
And the Bulgarian strokes the ball into the back of the net with consummate ease, leaving Al Habsi on his knees in the middle of goal, hat-trick for Berbatov, 5-0!
Penalty to United! Park taken down right on the edge of the area by Alcaraz, Berbatov steps up to complete his hat-trick
Assist Michael Carrick
Goal Antonio Valencia
GOAL! Terrific goal by Antonio Valencia, the right back has been sensational today! Wigan clear a United corner, but only as far as Valencia, who collects the ball before striking a thunderous effort into the bottom corner of Al Habsi's goal, the Wigan man could do nothing. 4-0 United
Substitute Macheda drives towards the byline, and stands a cross up which takes a nick off Ronnie Stam, forcing Al Habsi to claw the ball over his crossbar
Wayne Rooney tries his luck from range, he strikes the ball well but it fires wide of Al Habsi's post. He'll be hoping to get his name on the score sheet by the end of the game, and maintain his record of scoring in each of his last three games
Antonio Valencia is proving a constant thorn in Wigan's side, the right back is running from deep, untracked by the Latics midfielders.
Franco Di Santo really should have notched his fifth goal of the season! Young defender Fryers got himself in a tangle and ended up on the ground, allowing Di Santo a free shot on goal, but the Argentinian scuffs his effort into the ground.
And that's the Welshman's last involvement in the game as he's replaced by top scorer Wayne Rooney. The England man enters the pitch to a rousing reception from his adoring fans.
Yellow Card Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs receives a yellow card for a cynical pull back on Jordi Gomez
Assist Antonio Valencia
Goal D. Berbatov
GOAL! Berbatov grabs his second of the afternoon. Valencia allowed space to drive at the Wigan defence, the makeshift right back finds Berbatov who performs a lovely turn in the area, freeing space for him to toe poke the ball into the back of the net, great goal
David Jones steps up and curls his effort agonizingly wide of Lindegaard's far post. The United goalkeeper calmly letting the ball fly past his post, I don't think he realised how close it was!
Chance for Wigan from a free-kick, as Evra thunders into the back of Victor Moses and sends the forward crashing to the ground.
Patrice Evra appears to be playing at centre back after Jonny Evans was replaced. Sir Alex perhaps just protecting Jonny Evans who was on a yellow card, the last thing United need is further selection dilemmas at in defence.
Early chance for Dimitar Berbatov as he attacks a corner, perhaps a little too eager though as he gets under the ball and heads harmlessly over
Changes from both managers at half time, young left back Zeki Fryers has replaced Jonny Evans for United, whilst Wigan's top scorer Franco Di Santo comes on in place of Mohamed Diame
Franco Di Santo
Javier Hernandez gets the second half underway!
Phil Dowd blows for Half time. One way traffic at Old Trafford so far, Martinez has his work cut out if his side are to take anything from this game, 2-0 United
45' + 1'
Lindegaard finally makes a save, Diame strikes from range, he struck the ball well, but it was straight at the goalkeeper.
United in full control of the game now, two minutes of added time to be played
Assist Darron Gibson
Goal D. Berbatov
GOAL! Dimitar Berbatov notches his second goal in as many games. Daron Gibson floats the ball into the area, the Bulgarian shows good strength to hold off Antonio Alcaraz, before slotting the ball past the advancing Al Habsi, 2-0 United
Red Card Conor Sammon
RED CARD! Conor Sammon has been sent off. The forward has looked a frustrated figure all afternoon, and his frustration seems to have got the better of him, as he backs into Michael Carrick on the half-way line, and catches Carrick on the cheek with his elbow. Straight red card from Phil Dowd
Wigan just beginning to assert themselves on the game now. With Evra pulling in to help out Michael Carrick, Ronnie Stam is definitely the best outlet for Wigan, he's had the beating of Park all afternon.
Wigan have never scored in open-play at Old Trafford, their only goal there coming from the penalty spot, that record will need to change if they are to head back to Lancashire with anything from the game
Another terrific ball from Ronnie Stam, whipping his cross between defenders and goalkeeper, but neither Moses nor Sammon took the gamble, or it surely would have been 1-1.
It is Nani who steps up, but his effort doesn't have the required curl, and the ball flies wide of Lindegaard's post
Free-kick now for United in a similar position to Wigan a few minutes ago, Nani looking most likely to take the set piece
Chance for Wigan as they are awarded a free-kick, 25 yards from goal, relatively central. Jordi Gomez steps up but fires his effort disappointingly in to the wall
Yellow Card Jonny Evans
The United wide men, Nani and Park, have made a blistering start to the game, that's been the difference so far, Wigan are unable to compete with them in the wide areas.
Yellow Card David Jones
David Jones, the former United man, picks up the first booking of the afternoon for a sloppy challenge on Ji-Sung Park
Ali Al Habsi collects the ball and looks to distribute it early, but there's no Wigan players available, all ten outfield players back defending. You begin to get the impression this is already a case of damaged limitation for the Latics
Conor Sammon beginning to look increasingly isolated against the United defence, starting to drop deep in frustration, but in doing so, Wigan lose their out-ball
Finally some pressure from Wigan, and they should be level! Ronnie Stam with time to produce a great cross to the back post, where Conor Sammon, unmarked, seemed to pull his head away from the cross with the goal gaping!
United with 95% possession in the last 5 minutes! The Latics just can't get a foothold in this game
Martinez will surely have said to his side get through the first 20 minutes without conceding, their game plan has already been torn apart
Assist Patrice Evra
Goal Ji-Sung Park
GOAL! And it's all too easy for United. Partice Evra strolls past Moses and Alcaraz like they aren't there, before reaching the byline and cutting the ball back to an unmarked Ji-Sung Park, who places the ball into the top corner, 1-0 United
In the previous 12 Premier League clashes between these two sides, United have won every single encounter, Martinez will be hoping his side can alter that record this afternoon
Early possession for United, but the Wigan team clearly looking to isolate the out-of-position of Carrick and Valencia, asserting good pressure.
Early chance for United as Berbatov is tripped by Stam, 25 yards from goal, Giggs' free-kick is a poor one though
Wigan get the game underway, in their customary blue shirts, United in red
United come in to the game on the back of four consecutive league wins. They should be cautious however, of a Wigan team which has been beaten just once in their previous five games,
Both teams start with their respective top scorers on the bench, with Wayne Rooney and Franco Di Santo both missing out.
Some big surprises sprung by Sir Alex Ferguson. Valencia and Carrick both start in defence for the Red Devils. Lindegaard retains his place in goal and Darron Gibson is handed his first league start of the season. Roberto Martinez names the same starting XI that picked up a potentially vital point at home to Liverpool.
TEAM NEWS: Wigan: Al Habsi; Stam, Figueroa, Alcaraz, Caldwell; Jones, Diame, McCarthy, Gomes, Moses, Sammon. Subs: Pollitt, McArthur, Watson, Crusat, Rodallega, Di Santo, Gohouri
TEAM NEWS: Manchester United: Lindegaard; Valencia, Carrick, Evans, Evra; Park, Gibson, Giggs, Nani; Hernandez, Berbatov. Subs: De Gea, Fryers, Rafael, Welbeck, Rooney, Diouf, Macheda
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