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April 12, 2012 12:15 AM IST
The DW Stadium — Wigan
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 18115‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Wigan 1-0 Manchester United

Latics record memorable and priceless victory over out of sorts United. A curling strike from Shaun Maloney won the game for Wigan as they continue to battle for survivial

By Alex Fisher at the DW Stadium

  • Ali Al Habsi
    2
    2
    3.00

    Ali Al Habsi

    The keeper didn’t have a save to make in the first half as his defenders remained resolute in front of him. He had to be alert more in the second half but only to claim crosses and marshal his defence.

  • Antolín Alcaraz
    0
    2
    3.00

    Antolín Alcaraz

    The Paraguayan was generally solid although a few lapses in concentration nearly cost his team. His second half performance was much more resolute as United really began to press.

  • Gary Caldwell
    0
    2
    3.50

    Gary Caldwell

    The Scot leads by example and he was strong and resolute against the United strikers throughout the match.

  • Emmerson Boyce
    0
    2
    3.00

    Emmerson Boyce

    The defender looks accomplished at right wing back and his forays into the United half caused plenty of problems and caused Ashley Young to drop back and cover him. Defensively he was solid

  • Maynor Figueroa
    0
    1
    3.50

    Maynor Figueroa

    He had a solid game at the back for Wigan and kept going right until the final whistle as United continued to press in search of a goal. He was lucky to survive a handball shout in the 72nd minute but he didn’t let that affect him and worked hard in front of Al Habsi.

  • James McCarthy
    5
    1
    3.50

    James McCarthy

    An all action performance from the midfielder, he never stopped running throughout the match and barely gave the United central midfield a moment peace.

  • Victor Moses
    15
    2
    4.00

    Victor Moses Top of the Match

    The winger was very dangerous throughout the game and really caused United’s defence problems. He has plenty of pace which enabled him to close down the United defenders and he was very unlucky not to open the scoring in the first half. However, his header was disallowed by the assistant referee for a push by Caldwell on De Gea.

  • James McArthur
    2
    1
    3.50

    James McArthur

    He works so well with McCarthy in the middle and lots of their hard work caused mistakes in the United midfield and enabled Wigan to break forward and threaten.

  • Jean Beausejour
    1
    1
    3.00

    Jean Beausejour

    Caused continuous problems down the left side and gave Phil Hones a torrid time, but his deliver lacked some accuracy which meant very little for Di Santo to feed off.

  • Franco Di Santo
    3
    1
    3.50

    Franco Di Santo

    The striker worked hard and gave his side plenty of movement up front and caused problems for Ferdinand and Evans, however he was not able to test de Gea with a shot. His hold up play was excellent though and gave Wigan a really building block to work from. He was replaced by Diame with 20 minutes to go.

  • Shaun Maloney
    4
    3
    3.50

    Shaun Maloney

    The Scot was constantly on the move and he caused problems for Jones throughout the game. His set piece delivery was always dangerous and he showed in the 52nd minute that his finishing was also deadly as he curled a beautiful shot beyond De Gea. He was replaced by Sammon in the 77th minute.

Substitutions

  • Mohamed Diame
    2
    1
    3.00

    Mohamed Diame

    Replaced Di Santo in the 70th minute and gave Wigan some fresh legs in midfield.

  • Conor Sammon
    1
    1
    3.00

    Conor Sammon

    Replaced Maloney in the 77th minute to give Wigan a new striker to aim at and hold the ball up.

  • David de Gea
    9
    5
    2.50

    David de Gea

    The keeper was lucky not to concede in the first half when he failed to claim a corner but was let off by the assistant’s flag. He wasn’t so lucky in the 52nd minute though as Maloney’s long range drive curled past him despite his full length dive.

  • Patrice Evra
    6
    3
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    The pace of Moses caused him trouble and he needed the support of Young and latterly Rooney to control the winger.

  • Phil Jones
    6
    16
    2.50

    Phil Jones Flop of the Match

    He looked shaky at full-back in the first half and Wigan’s left-sided players, Maloney and Beausejour, took advantage of that as they caused problems for the United defence. He improved slightly in the second half but he never looked comfortable.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    4
    8
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Calming influence alongside Evans but also had a few shaky moments in the first half. He was much better in the second but could do nothing about Maloney's strike.

  • Jonny Evans
    4
    10
    3.00

    Jonny Evans

    After recent good performances the centre-back had a shaky start to the game, being caught in possession by Di Santo and Moses.

  • Ryan Giggs
    5
    9
    2.50

    Ryan Giggs

    Like Carrick he struggled to get a grip on the game in the first half as Wigan’s midfield dominated. He was moved out to the wing in the second half but continued to be ineffective.

  • Michael Carrick
    4
    8
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Struggled against the energy and intensity of McArthur and McCarthy in the opening hour, never had time on the ball to dictate play. He found himself on the ball more in the second half but failed to create any chance of note for his side.

  • Ashley Young
    4
    8
    2.50

    Ashley Young

    Found himself tracking back to cover the runs of Boyce more than he would have expected. He was replaced by Cleverley at half-time as United looked to bolster their midfield options.

  • Antonio Valencia
    5
    7
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia

    The winger was given a warm round of applause before kick off on his return to the DW Stadium and he repaid that support with a poor performance. He was rarely involved in United attacking moves and found himself well handled by Beausejour.

  • Wayne Rooney
    5
    7
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Started the game alongside Hernandez but after some stern words from Sir Alex Ferguson he dropped off the Mexican to provide support to his midfield and to get himself on the ball more. He rarely had a sight on goal and was replaced by Nani in the 65th minute.

  • Javier Hernández
    6
    5
    2.50

    Javier Hernández

    Had very little to work with in the first half but he did have United’s best chance but a tackle by Caldwell just as he was about to pull the trigger. He continued to be ineffective in the second half and was replaced by Welbeck in the 58th minute.

Substitutions

  • Nani
    9
    4
    3.00

    Nani

    Replaced Rooney in the 65th minute but had little impact on the game, he did attempt one outrageous volley which sailed high over Al Habsi's crossbar.

  • Tom Cleverley
    7
    4
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    On for Young at half-time and looked to give United a bit more bite in the middle.

  • Danny Welbeck
    4
    7
    3.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Replaced Hernandez in the 58th minute but suffered from a similar lack of service.

Results
 
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15 2
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15 0