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September 15, 2012
• Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee: M. Oliver
• Attendance: 75142
P. Scholes 51'
J. Hernández 63'
A. Büttner 66'
N. Powell 82'
Martinez's Wigan side continued their poor form at Old Trafford - where they've now lost eight times in eight games, conceding 28 goals and scoring just once. Beausejour attacked well for the Latics, and carved out a couple of good scoring opportunities, but ultimately the Wigan backline (missing Alcaraz today) were unable to deal with Man Utd's creativity, precision and movement in the final third.
A largely even first half was followed by a relentless attacking display from Man Utd in the second half. Debutant Buttner was a threat throughout the match, and capped his fine performance with a goal and an assist. Scholes rolled back the years, dictating Man Utd's play and scoring an opportunistic tap-in.
FULL TIME!! It's all over at Old Trafford as four second half goals secure victory for the Red Devils. A goal for Paul Scholes on his 700th league appearance gave United the lead, before Chicharito doubled the score. Debut goals for both Buttner and Powell rounded off the victory in style.
90' + 3'
Gomez attempts a through ball in behind Rafael, but the Brazilian clears for a corner. Wigan take it short and Di Santo fires a shot at goal, which is blocked in front of Lindegaard. The ball is cleared initially but eventually finds it's way back to Di Santo. Welbeck clatters into the back of the Argentine and picks up a yellow card.
90' + 2'
Yellow CardDanny Welbeck
90' + 1'
Welbeck plays a wonderful chipped through ball over the top of the Wigan defence, but it's just too long for Chicharito.
Handbags between Figueroa and Nani. The Honduran defender fouls the Portuguese winger, and the Man Utd player reacts angrily. Van Persie takes the subsequent free-kick but Wigan clear.
Rafael clips in a cross for Chicharito but Ramis intercepts. The ball bounces into the path of van Persie, who can't quite wrap his foot around the cross.
Nani has had a torrid time in front of goal this afternoon. He finds himself in time and space on the edge of the box but cannot control his shot in the manner that Powell had just seconds earlier and instead fires well over.
AssistJavier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
GOAL!! McArthur is robbed by Welbeck who races towards goal. The England forward could release van Persie but instead runs into a horde of blue shirts. The ball bounces to Chicharito who lays the ball off for new boy Nick Powell. The former-Crewe player takes a touch and blasts the ball into the back of the net from 20-yards.
Boyce bulldozers his way past Welbeck and Buttner near the corner flag before attempting a cross-come-shot that ends up in the side-netting.
With the game won, the tempo of the match has decreased significantly. Man Utd have taken off Vidic ahead of a Champions league encounter against Galatasaray.
Shocking miss from van Persie. Rafael releases Hernandez inside the box, whose cut back looks to be on a plate for the Dutchman but the Wigan defence do just enough to put him off and he glances the ball wide.
Nick Powell replaces Ryan Giggs for his league debut, a changing of the (old) guard at Old Trafford. To add to Wigan's woes, van Persie is also on for the final 20 minutes.
Robin van Persie
Two quick fire goals puts the game out of sight for Man Utd. Wigan try to mount a response up the other end through Di Santo, who goes down in the box under a challenge from Ferdinand. A corner is given, but Martinez wanted a penalty.
GOAL!! Buttner, who has been a constant threat for Man Utd down their left flank, dribbles past three Wigan defenders and surges into the box. After side-stepping Ramis just on the edge of the 6-yard box, Buttner powers a shot from a very acute angle towards goal which goes in off Al-Habsi.
GoalJavier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
GOAL!! Giggs makes a run down the left and crosses for Welbeck, who prods the ball back to the Welshman. Giggs passes to Buttner on the edge of the box, whose cross come shot is tucked in by Chicharito from inside the 6-yard box. He looks offside but Figueroa was just playing him onside.
Beausejour leaves Rafael sprawling on the floor down the left, but his cross evades everyone. Man Utd break and the ball reaches Welbeck, who can't find the space to shoot. He offloads to Nani who fires an effort towards goal but Ramis makes the block.
Maloney, an occasional livewire for Wigan, is replaced by Gomez as Martinez searches for an equaliser.
Rafael's long clearance is collected by Hernandez. Just as the Mexican looked to be about to play Welbeck in, Caldwell takes him out. No yellow card and Fergie is furious.
Yellow CardJames McArthur
A series of crunching tackles from both sides eventually results in a yellow card for McArthur.
Nani bursts forward down the right and crosses for Welbeck. The striker miscontrols the ball inside the box and drifts away from goal before flicking the ball up and attempting an overhead kick, which only narrowly misses the goal.
GOAL!! Nani wriggles past Maloney and fires in a low cross which bounces to Carrick on the edge of the box. The midfielder plays the ball back to Nani who fires the ball low and hard across Al-Habsi, but the Wigan keeper can only parry the ball into the path of Paul Scholes who taps the ball into the net.
Yellow CardEmmerson Boyce
Buttner looks to have escaped Boyce, but is pulled back by the Wigan defender earning him a yellow card in the process. The Dutch fullback has looked dangerous going forward.
Carrick is caught napping by McCarthy deep in Man Utd's half and the ball bounces into the path of Kone. His first touch is heavy, giving Vidic a chance to clear.
An excellent cross from Beausejour is headed wildly over by Kone. The Ivorian seemed to misjudge the flight of the cross.
No changes by either team at half-time. Wigan kick-off the second half.
Expect Sir Alex Ferguson to call on the wealth of attacking options residing on his bench should the scores remain as they are for much longer. Roberto Martinez will be content with an encouraging first half performance from his side, but he might feel that his team could be 1-0 up had Kone or Boyce converted good chances at the end of the half.
Man Utd have largely been the dominant force of the match so far, but as the half wore on Wigan began to have more considered possession in Man Utd's half. However, the Latics have yet to seriously test Lindegaard.
HALFTIME!! It's 0-0 at Old Trafford but both teams have had chances to open the scoring. Al-Habsi saved a Chicharito penalty in the 6th minute, while Welbeck has caused Wigan's centreback trio a number of problems. At the other end of the pitch, Kone's added time miss represented Wigan's best chance of the half.
45' + 1'
Yellow CardAlexander Büttner
45' + 1'
Beausejour's inswinging free-kick almost reaches the head of Kone, instead making contact with the arm of Vidic. Wigan appeal, but the referee looks the other way.
Wigan break quickly and Maloney feeds Beausejour down the left. This time he plays a fantasic ball across goal that first evades the outstretched boot of Di Santo before reaching Kone, but the Ivorian can't sort his feet out quickly enough and drags a tame effort wide of Linegaard's near post.
Maloney jinks past Scholes inside the box and offloads to Beausejour, but a dangerous looking move is ended by the Chilean's poor cross which is easily collected by Lindegaard.
A Wigan corner isn't cleared effectively by the Man Utd defence and the ball reaches Caldwell on the edge of the box. The Scottish centre-back clips in a cross for Di Santo who heads back across goal for Kone, but Vidic makes a vital interception.
Nani is released by a beautiful pass from the evergreen Ryan Giggs, but the Portuguese winger attempts an ambitious chip that sails over Al-Habsi's crossbar.
Giggs comes inside and releases Buttner in a pocket of space down the left. The Dutch fullback aims his cross at Welbeck who made a smart run towards the near post, but Caldwell gets a foot in and snuffs out the danger.
Di Santo is released down the right channel and advances on goal. Buttner recovers well and makes an important challenge, conceding a corner in the process. Wigan play it short but the move fizzles out.
Di Santo picks the pocket of Rafael and Wigan break. The attack falters as the Latics try to penetrate the final third, but eventually the ball reaches Boyce, who breaks the challenge of Buttner and fires an effort inches wide of Lindegaard's near post.
Nani feeds Carrick on the edge of the box who crosses for Welbeck, but his header is just over the bar. Welbeck has looked the player most likely to score for Man Utd so far.
Wigan win a free-kick outside the box which is whipped in by Maloney. Ramis meets the cross in space but heads the ball wide.
Welbeck intercepts Caldwell's pass on the edge of his own box and fires a shot at goal. The effort is blocked, but Man Utd win a corner. Wigan deal with the initial setpiece, but a typically robust Scholes challenge wins possession and a second successive corner. The Latics struggle to clear the ball but Man Utd fail to capitalise.
Nani dinks in a cross for Welbeck who strikes the ball on the volley and narrowly misses Al-Habsi's far post.
More methodical possession football from Wigan, but it's all harmlessly in front of the Man Utd defence. Eventually Caldwell attempts an ambitious pass from deep that goes out for a goalkick.
Giggs plays a cute pass in behind the defence for Danny Welbeck, but the striker's shot is blocked impressively by Figueroa. Wigan clear the resulting corner.
Wigan have sustained possession in Man Utd's half for the first time in the game, keeping the ball well until Figueroa overhits a pass out of touch for a Man Utd throw-in.
Buttner has been heavily involved in the first ten minutes of his Man Utd debut. He's broken down the left flank three times, but Wigan have cleared his resulting crosses each time.
Penalty saveAli Al Habsi
Missed PenaltyJavier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
PENALTY SAVED!! Hernandez steps up and fires the ball low into the bottom right corner, but Al-Habsi gets down and pushes the ball away. Justice served.
PENALTY!! Welbeck races into the box and Al-Habsi leaves his line to try and tackle. The Wigan goalkeeper slides in on Welbeck, but appears to pull out at the last second. Welbeck falls to the ground and the referee points to the spot, but there was no contact from Al-Habsi.
Nani beats Beausejour down the right and crosses for Welbeck, but Ramis does just enough to put off the England striker.
Manchester United get the game underway...
The teams are on the pitch, and we're just minutes away from kick-off. Nemanja Vidic and Gary Caldwell captain their respective sides. No handshake shenanigans at Old Trafford.
An afternoon of milestones at Old Trafford: Paul Scholes makes his 700th league appearance and Rio Ferdinand makes his 400th appearance in a Manchester United shirt.
Wigan have never managed to even draw at Old Trafford, let alone win. The Latics have conceded 24 goals in seven league visits and scored just once.
Antolin Alcaraz hasn’t managed to shake off a groin/pelvis injury, so Maynor Figueroa remains at centre-back. Jean Beausejour has recovered from a hamstring injury picked up against Stoke and will continue at left wingback for the Latics. Wigan are therefore unchanged from the side that drew 2-2 with Stoke in their last league match.
Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa and Patrice Evra are all on the bench for Man Utd, with Wayne Rooney still recovering from a leg injury incurred against Fulham. Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck lead the line with veterans Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs in midfield - it’s the Welshman’s first start of the season. Anders Lindegaard is preferred to David De Gea in goal.
Wigan (5-3-2): Al-Habsi; Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Ramis, Beausejour; McArthur, McCarthy, Maloney; Kone, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, Watson, Crusat, Jones, Gomez, Boselli, Miyaichi
Manchester United (4-4-2): Lindegaard; Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Buttner; Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs; Hernandez, Welbeck. Subs: De Gea, Evans, Valencia, van Persie, Cleverley, Powell, Kagawa
Welcome to Goal.com UK’s LIVE! text commentary of Manchester United vs Wigan. I’m Ewan Roberts and I’ll be guiding you through this afternoon’s action! First up, here are the line-ups for today’s game…
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