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August 11, 2013 6:30 PM IST
Wembley Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 80235‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Wigan 0-2 Manchester United

The Premier League champions enjoyed almost total control over their Championship opponents, with a double from Robin van Persie enough to secure an easy win for David Moyes's men

By Ewan Roberts

  • Scott Carson
    14
    5
    3.00

    Scott Carson

    Could do little about either of Van Persie's goals, with the Dutchman's opening strike flying into the bottom corner and the second deflecting off Perch. Was assured otherwise, claiming crosses with authority and making a number of solid, if unspectacular, saves.

  • Stephen Crainey
    7
    5
    3.00

    Stephen Crainey

    Formed an immediate understanding with new signing McClean though never managed to fully tame Zaha. Perhaps should have spotted Van Persie's late run into the box, allowing the Dutchman to power an uncontested header into the bottom corner.

  • James Perch
    7
    6
    3.00

    James Perch

    The former Newcastle man gave a really solid performance in the heart of Wigan's defence. Snuffed out danger well, went into tackles with healthy aggression and was economical on the ball. Unlucky to deflect Van Persie's second goal past Carson.

  • Leon Barnett
    11
    5
    3.50

    Leon Barnett

    Looked assured alongside Perch and together the duo formed a solid partnership that United struggled to break down, despite their superior possession. Rarely breached, used the ball well and made several crucial interceptions.

  • James McClean
    8
    8
    2.50

    James McClean

    Had a hit and miss match on his debut for the club. Caused United problems at times with his pace and directness but was too easily flustered in the final third and undone his good work with loose passes and overhit crosses. Needed to do more to stop Van Persie from shooting for the second goal.

  • James McCarthy
    6
    6
    2.50

    James McCarthy

    Never hit the heights that he set last season and seems less comfortable with the direct approach employed by Coyle than the pass-and-move philosophy promoted by former boss Martinez. Struggled to leave his mark on the match.

  • James McArthur
    5
    5
    2.00

    James McArthur

    Wigan's midfield enforcer, McArthur flew into tackles, charged around the pitch and tried to disturb United's passing lines - often to little avail. Worked hard, though was something of a passenger. Taken off after an hour.

  • Ben Watson
    4
    7
    2.00

    Ben Watson

    On his last visit to Wembley he scored the goal that secured the FA Cup for Wigan and a place in the Community Shield but was more peripheral today. Covered a lot of ground but was largely ineffective.

  • Emmerson Boyce
    6
    3
    2.50

    Emmerson Boyce

    Was largely untroubled defensively, with Giggs, nominally on the left, cutting infield rather than attacking the full-back, though was occasionally exposed by Evra's overlapping runs. Did not get forward enough to cause United any problems of their own.

  • Grant Holt
    6
    19
    1.50

    Grant Holt Flop of the Match

    Tried to make a nuissance of himself up front, though met his match in the shape of Vidic. Got little joy against the Serbian, so increasingly pulled out wide. Struggled to hold up the ball and offered no threat in behind. Was, mercifully, replaced by Fortune in the second half.

  • Shaun Maloney
    6
    4
    2.00

    Shaun Maloney

    Was given little opportunity to attack, penned back by Evra's adventurous surges forward, and gave the Frenchman too much time and space to cross for the opening goal. Not his usual, lively, inventive self.

Substitutions

  • Jordi Gómez
    6
    3
    2.50

    Jordi Gómez

    Came on for Maloney but was no more effective than the diminutive Scot.

  • Chris McCann
    6
    2
    2.50

    Chris McCann

    Replaced McArthur after an hour. Busy and hardworking in midfield.

  • R. Espinoza
    11
    3
    2.50

    R. Espinoza

    Brought energy and aggression to Wigan's midfield during his brief time on the pitch.

  • Nouha Dicko
    4
    3

    Nouha Dicko

    A very late substitute for James McCarthy.

  • Callum McManaman
    8
    1
    2.50

    Callum McManaman

    Replaced the hit-and-miss McClean in the second period but had a quiet game.

  • Marc-Antoine Fortune
    7
    1
    2.50

    Marc-Antoine Fortune

    Came on for Holt in the second half. Received little service and did not put himself about as much as the former Norwich frontman.

  • David de Gea
    70
    2
    3.00

    David de Gea

    As much a spectator as the Wembley crowd throughout the entirety of the match and was not forced to make a save during his 94 minutes on the pitch. A calm influence behind the back line and his kicking was, as ever, faultless.

  • Rafael
    55
    4
    3.00

    Rafael

    The Brazilian right-back hobbled down the Wembley tunnel after only 15 minutes, appearing to twist his ankle in a challenge with James McCarthy. Had combined well with Zaha down the right flank until his afternoon was prematurely ended.

  • Patrice Evra
    96
    5
    4.00

    Patrice Evra

    Was adventurous and attacking down the left flank, raiding forward at will. Had a hand in both goals, especially the first where he whipped in a inch-perfect cross for Van Persie to head United into the lead. A full-throtle performance from the Frenchman.

  • Phil Jones
    49
    11
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    After initially lining up in the heart of defence, he moved to right-back following Rafael's injury. Was less comfortable with McClean than the Brazilian had been but adapted well. Offered little attacking threat, however.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    87
    2
    3.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    United look a far tougher nut to crack when Vidic is in the side and the Serbian defender was his typically solid self. Organised and marshalled the defence well, albeit against a fairly limp Wigan attack, and bullied the usually ultra-physical Holt.

  • Ryan Giggs
    60
    9
    3.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Showed real energy and tenacity, despite his advancing years, floating across the pitch and linking play. Displayed touches of genuine quality, but faded in the second half before being taken off.

  • Michael Carrick
    95
    4
    4.00

    Michael Carrick

    Barely misplaced a single pass, controlling the midfield and orchestrating United's passing game. Brought calm and composure to the side and has developed into a brilliant, dominant holding midfielder. Was the maestro at the heart of United's success.

  • Tom Cleverley
    49
    15
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    Kept things simple in the middle of the pitch, though the game largely bypassed him and perhaps United need a more progressive, adventurous passer alongside Carrick. Scuffed a great chance when more composure was needed.

  • Danny Welbeck
    42
    29
    2.50

    Danny Welbeck

    Largely anonymous for most of the match, despite being given a more central role behind Van Persie. Had one good effort, swivelling and curling a shot towards goal that was easily saved. Showed his ferocious pace in bursts, but not consistent enough.

  • Robin van Persie
    130
    10
    4.50

    Robin van Persie Top of the Match

    The Dutchman picked up where he left off last season, once again underlining his value to United. Though he received little service, he was devastating when it mattered. Began the move that brought his opening goal, spreading the play to Evra before powering the Frenchman's cross into the far corner, before adding a second. A ruthlessly efficient display.

  • Wilfried Zaha
    79
    13
    3.00

    Wilfried Zaha

    The former Crystal Palace winger, who was voted Man of the Match on his last visit to Wembley for the Championship play-off final, was a bright spark, tricking and dancing his way down the touchline, though his decision-making was often poor.

Substitutions

  • Chris Smalling
    26
    26
    2.50

    Chris Smalling

    Came on in place of the injured Rafael after only 15 minutes, slotting in at centre-back alongside Vidic. Was caught out by a bouncing ball which allowed McClean in behind and rarely exuded much calmness or composure.

  • Antonio Valencia
    42
    13
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Replaced Zaha in the second half and showed the young winger the benfits of simplicity, hitting the by-line and crossing to decent effect.

  • Anderson
    51
    12
    3.00

    Anderson

    A lively and tenacious cameo from the Brazilian, bringing real energy and drive to a sometimes pedestrian midfield.

  • Adnan Januzaj
    61
    8

    Adnan Januzaj

    The in-form youngster replaced Van Persie with just over five minutes left to playing, denying the Dutchman a chance to grab his hat-trick.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    58
    3

    Shinji Kagawa

    Came on in the closing stages and almost grabbed a goal but miscued an acrobatic volley.

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