Ali Al Habsi
No chance with Hernandez’s opener and similarly blameless for the following goals. Instantly redeemed himself with sharp save from Fletcher after he spilled Nani's soft second half effort.
Showed no-nonsense leadership at the back. Not quickest on the floor, but if ball was there, it was hacked away. Too industrial to hold United back as they ran rampant at the end.
Ivorian looked to have his feet in cement as he toiled in Nani’s wake. Barely got a tackle in on the winger.
Should have been easy afternoon for the Honduran against makeshift winger Fletcher. Made hard work of it at times and sloppy clearance almost hammered home by Nani.
Was determined to keep Hernandez quiet but couldn’t complete his task. Not from the top draw and was found out in United's ruthless final 15 minutes.
Frustrating afternoon for the Frenchman after he again spoke of a move to a top of the table side. Looked dangerous on the ball but didn’t deliver anything of note. Hooked for McArthur at death.
The poster boy for Wigan’s bright start. Stretched his legs to give early worries to Carrick and nullified Scholes. Great tackle on the veteran almost led to a Wigan goal. When wind went out of his sails, so did his team-mates.
No match for Scholes. Couldn’t get near his opposite number. Dead ball delivery all too often inaccurate. Replaced in final minute by Gomez.
Best seat in the house to be given a lesson by Scholes. Despite the extra speed and spring due to his youth, couldn’t lay a finger on him.
Youngster should have made more of the opportunities granted to him by O’Shea. Made his way past the right-back all too often, but couldn’t create a chance for Rodallega. Wasted two great chances as he picked up on Scholes’ deflected clearance but denied by van der Sar and later blasted Rodallega cross over bar. Substituted for Di Santo with half an hour to play.
Outfought by Vidic and Smalling. Barely got a kick. One highlight was when he outmuscled the Serb in the second half but his cross was fired over by Moses.
E. van der Sar
Used all his size and experience to smother first half chances for Moses and McCarthy. Expert stuff from the Dutchman.
Not at his exuberant best as he concentrated on dealing with N'Zogbia’s threat.
The steel next to Smalling’s silk. Bombed into every header and used strength to edge Rodallega out wide when he was played in by Diame.
Given the run around by Moses. Seemed too labored in the face of the youngster’s speed and trickery. Rarely made it past half-way line.
Calmness personified once more. Imperious on the ball and solid in the tackle, his reading of the game both on and off the ball is already top draw. Ferguson can have little fear of throwing him in against Chelsea on Tuesday.
When will teams learn not to give the ‘Ginger Maestro’ time on the ball? As soon as Wigan stepped off him, they were destined to lose. Orchestrated move that eventually lead to Hernandez’s opener. Only moment of worry was when his clearance cannoned off Moses, but bacon was saved by Van der Sar. Tired and taken off for Gibson.
Decisive stuff from the Portugal international. Clever cut back cross set-up Hernandez’s goal. Was just the paintwork again from doubling the lead minutes later when he struck Al Habsi’s woodwork. Such an important player for United. Rested late on with the Chelsea game in mind and was replaced by Fabio.
Positioned for most of the match on the right wing. Tucked inside to add an extra body when Wigan were in possession. Early cross inches away from finding Hernandez. Set up Fabio with deep center in final moments.
Improved performance by the holding midfielder. Looked more assured in possession than in recent weeks. Gradually edged out Diame after the Frenchman’s bright start.
Off the boil again. Touch was sloppy and he is a shadow of the bull that raged through the division last term. Set up for easiest goal he'll ever score, though, by Berbatov. Frustration was taken out on McCarthy’s face with a stray elbow that could have led to serious sanction.
Bright and alert to the task as the focal point of the attack. Sweetly put away his 12th goal of the season from a Nani cross. Easy on the eye one-two with Rooney then saw him grab another. Pace and control asked questions of Caldwell and Alcaraz. Booked. Given standing ovation when replaced by Berbatov.
- 29 T. Kuszczak
- 6 W. Brown
- 21 Rafael
Brazilian scored his first goal in English football after he was thrown on in the 85th minute.
Introduced to game in the 77th minute. Superb long ball found Berbatov to give Rooney the easiest of finishes.
- 41 J. King
Replaced hero Hernandez in the 76th minute. Unselfishly handed Rooney simple chance to score.