UK time is: 13:11:43
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Hats Off To Wigan

United might have won - but for all the conspiracy theories, Wigan gave us one hell of a game. They were not exactly threatening but defended superbly and fought with one hundred percent commitment.

In the first half we found life very, very difficult despite the shock return of Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic. They attacked in numbers and had a shoot on sight policy but when they lost the ball they regrouped very quickly to frustrate us with the sort of disciplined defending we displayed all season.

We also rode our luck: I thought Valencia's cross hit Rio's shoulder but it could easily have been given as a handball and we could have had no complaints as he moved towards the ball. And Scholes' case was tricky: his yellow card was deserved, no doubt and when that Wigan player fell over near him I was certain Scholes would be sent off.

I felt mixed shame and gratitude when Steve Bennett opted for a little talk instead but replays showed that Scholes, actually, did not even commit a foul - his opponent made a right meal of things. Therefore Bennett committed a double mistake: it wasn't a foul but he gave a free-kick. But if he deemed it a foul then he should have sent Scholes off.

United's penalty was a stonewall one though, Boyce's stupidity gave us the goal that we need very much. It calmed United down a bit but no more came in the first half.

At the start of the second half, the visitorst threatened to overrun Wigan: Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez all had chances to put the game past the Latics. We spurned all these chances and were denied a clear penalty when Scholes was fouled inside the box.

It looked set for a nervy finale as Wigan pressed for an equaliser and Chelsea took the lead but Rooney's brilliant pass found Giggs and he made no mistake from 15 yards to seal his own 10th title and United's 17th. Great moment, a deserved win - but hats off to our opponents who gave their all.

United were always the more threatening side though, our 4-4-2 with Park and Ronaldo on the wings worked, Carrick had a belter of the game and we defended superbly: Van der Sar did not even have to make a save. It really reflected the season...




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 12 2008

Time: 12:24AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
"Van der Sar did not even have to make a save. It really reflected the season..." Are you blind?
avantsweater
Report Abuse
12/05/2008 05:09:00

Should have been a pen against you for handball, and Scholes should have been off after a 2nd booking. You're just lucky
Tiny T
Report Abuse
12/05/2008 08:35:00

well you two, were champions; so take your biterness somewhere else coz we here at this club have bigger fish to fry. CHAMPIONNAIS CHAMPIONNAIS OLAY OLAY OLAY!
united4life
Report Abuse
12/05/2008 18:47:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

Penalty Taker Wanted! (Monday May 4 2015)

De Gea Deal Almost Done (Monday May 4 2015)

Herrera on Barcelona Radar (Sunday May 3 2015)

They Want How Much For Pogba? (Sunday May 3 2015)

45 million (Or a Swap)? (Sunday May 3 2015)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. TheFamousNo7 16

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 35 25 8 2 42 83
2. Man City 35 21 7 7 35 70
3. Arsenal 34 21 7 6 33 70
4. Man Utd 35 19 8 8 24 65
5. Liverpool 35 18 7 10 11 61
6. Spurs 35 17 7 11 5 58
7. Southampton 35 17 6 12 20 57

Breaking League News

Hang on in there Jimmy!
Chelsea : 05/05/2015 13:01:01
9 point target for Naismith
Everton : 05/05/2015 13:00:01
McGeady ready to get career back on track
Everton : 05/05/2015 12:00:00
Liverpool: VL's April 2015 Player Of The Month
Liverpool : 05/05/2015 11:51:01
Chelsea set for 20million bid
Everton : 05/05/2015 10:58:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v West Brom (h)?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
De Gea 7%
Valencia 3%
McNair 1%
Smalling 0%
Blind 0%
Herrera 57%
Mata 5%
Rooney 1%
Fellaini 1%
Young 3%
Van Persie 7%
Falco 1%
Di Maria 7%
I'll Opt Out of This One! 7%