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January 1, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
The DW Stadium — Wigan
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 20342‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Wigan 0-4 Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson's side won at a canter against a lifeless Latics outfit to ease themselves into the new year and maintain their seven-point lead over Manchester City

By Jack Gaughan at the DW Stadium

  • Ali Al Habsi
    23
    34
    2.00

    Ali Al Habsi

    Al Habsi is having a torrid season between the sticks for Wigan. He saved Patrice Evra's shot for the first goal but parried it into Chicharito's path and looked nervous when having to deal with shots low down.

  • Gary Caldwell
    6
    26
    2.50

    Gary Caldwell

    The defender of the three to be asked to press the ball, which lead to the Scot becoming out of position and he found it difficult to keep up with play. You always expect him to win headers and battle, but lacked the quality to deal with United's front two.

  • Emmerson Boyce
    6
    21
    2.50

    Emmerson Boyce

    Boyce was the only Wigan player eager to break ranks and attack, which was admirable, but he was caught out of position frequently and had United been more inclined to counter quickly, his gallivanting might have cost the hosts.

  • Iván Ramis
    10
    13
    3.00

    Iván Ramis

    Despite his unfortunate slip for the second goal, Ramis had a good game and was Wigan's best performer on a day they simply weren't at the races. Did a good job of keeping van Persie quiet until the Dutchman's superior class shone through.

  • Maynor Figueroa
    12
    18
    3.00

    Maynor Figueroa

    Failed to pick up the floating Chicharito, but many defenders would have struggled with the striker's movement this afternoon. In fairness to the Honduran, he stuck close to Gary Caldwell and United didn't get in behind too often.

  • James McCarthy
    7
    19
    3.00

    James McCarthy

    The midfielder was up for the battle in midfield but couldn't engineer Wigan in an attacking sense and became frustrated early on by a lack of options in front of him.

  • James McArthur
    8
    19
    3.00

    James McArthur

    Recalled to the side for David Jones with added grit in front of the back three. He was nice and tidy in possession but much like his team-mates, didn't go the extra mile to impose himself on the game.

  • Jean Beausejour
    5
    27
    2.00

    Jean Beausejour Flop of the Match

    Didn't defend well enough against the marauding Rafael and failed to make an impact in the final third, this was probably Beausejour's worst performance of the season.

  • Arouna Kone
    33
    17
    3.50

    Arouna Kone

    Will count himself slightly unlucky to have seen a goal ruled out for offside when it was 2-0, but other than that, the striker put himself about without being given the desired service.

  • Franco Di Santo
    14
    24
    3.00

    Franco Di Santo

    Always looks to get on the ball and likes playing a bit deeper. Unfortunately for him, there was a lack of energy around him and Di Santo was often found waiting for support.

  • Shaun Maloney
    5
    28
    2.50

    Shaun Maloney

    Maloney will have been dreaming of being the match winner in this fixture again, but he was easily snuffed out by Michael Carrick. Loitered in the middle third without creating any chances for the strikers.

Substitutions

  • Ronnie Stam
    9
    13
    2.50

    Ronnie Stam

    Brought on in a slight reshuffle in the second half and got forward from right wing-back. His inclusion made Wigan more solid at the back, too.

  • Jordi Gómez
    11
    14
    2.00

    Jordi Gómez

    He is an interesting player and it's difficult to see why his quality on the ball has not yielded more games and goals. But he rarely affects the game positively and that was the case today.

  • Callum McManaman
    6
    16
    2.00

    Callum McManaman

    Late replacement for Maloney, but had no time to contribute.

  • David de Gea
    208
    16
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Didn't have a single shot to save all game, but communicated well with his back four and claimed crosses when they had to be, which will do his confidence no harm.

  • Rafael
    242
    15
    3.50

    Rafael

    Careered forward at will, especially in the first half. His final ball was lacking at times, but Rafael is a huge threat, even for the different options he offers on the right. Defended well when called upon.

  • Patrice Evra
    211
    17
    3.50

    Patrice Evra

    Evra really enjoys himself when he can bomb forward and knows he has the beating of his opposite number. Doubling up with Ryan Giggs, the left-back might have scored on another day.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    170
    32
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Moaning about having to be asleep early last night, Ferdinand might as well have stayed in bed - there wasn't an awful lot for him to do. That'll please the centre-half, who looked at ease in possession and won his headers.

  • Jonny Evans
    198
    20
    3.50

    Jonny Evans

    Has put the questionable showing against Newcastle well and truly to bed. Wearing luminous boots, Evans was asked to do more ball-playing work than defending during a comfortable afternoon.

  • Ryan Giggs
    186
    38
    3.50

    Ryan Giggs

    Giggs' performances have picked up drastically over Christmas and they have come when playing out wide. He sent in a wicked cross before the opening goal which was akin to the midfielder in his pomp.

  • Michael Carrick
    185
    29
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Didn't pull the strings like normal, but in truth Carrick didn't need to. His only real job, under very little pressure, was to retain possession and give it the full backs. A pleasing way to see in the new year.

  • Ashley Young
    148
    57
    3.00

    Ashley Young

    Will have been slightly disappointed not to have made more of this opportunity when he ought to have been rampant against a slow Jean Beausejour. His presence worries defenders but lacked a spark,

  • Tom Cleverley
    207
    24
    3.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Cleverley was busy in the middle of the park, venturing forward at will and proving to be a real handful for the holding Wigan midfielders. The former loanee will have enjoyed his return to the DW Stadium.

  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
    364
    25
    4.00

    Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

    Even though he got the winning goal on Boxing Day, Chicharito was off the pace. This was a much-improved performance - two goals and an assist - where he pulled the three Wigan central defenders all over the place.

  • Robin van Persie
    374
    28
    4.00

    Robin van Persie Top of the Match

    The striker's finish for the second goal was absolutely delicious, and if he didn't do anything else in the game you'd forgive him for that stroke of genius. Van Persie, however, offers so much more than that and continuously shows why he's been the best bit of business this season.

Substitutions

  • Chris Smalling
    86
    78
    2.00

    Chris Smalling

    His cameo was a funny one. Almost scored a comical own-goal and might have been sent off for hauling down Arouna Kone.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    224
    15
    2.50

    Shinji Kagawa

    Jinking and weaving - this was exactly what you expect from Kagawa in a match that was already won and one in which he could use for fitness. Sir Alex will be delighted with that.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0