Writer: Red Boy
Date:Saturday November 20 2010
United kept their unbeaten start to the season going with a comfortable win over Wigan Athletic this afternoon.
With a Champions League tie against Glasgow Rangers on the horizon, Sir Alex shuffled his pack with forward roles given to Obertan and Macheda.
United - Van der Sar, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Carrick, Park, Obertan Macheda
Subs - Kuszczak, Rooney, Giggs, Hernandez, Scholes, O`Shea, Evans
The first chance of the opening period fell to Wigan but Jordi Gomez couldn`t keep his shot down firing over form twelve yards.
The game was producing some nice possession play but neither side were creating clear-cut chances and the affair only took off after Nani and Figuero engaged in a wrestling match, fortunately for both the referee showed leniency and no cards were flashed.
As half time approached, Wigan carved out a trio of chances, Stam had a shot and N`Zogbia carved his way through the defence before being foiled by Van der Sar before a Rodallega overhead kick went wide.
Wigan believed they should have had a penalty when N`Zogbia appeared to be hauled down by Vidic but the referee played on. Just as you thought the half would end without a goal, United scored.
Park produced a killer ballot the far post area and lurking with serious intent was Patrice Evra to head home from close range.
Manchester United 1 Wigan 0 - (Evra -45 mins)
Half Time - Manchester United 1 Wigan 0
The second dhalf started slowly but sprang into life shortly after Sir Alex had introduced Rooney and Scholes for Park and Macheda. But that life involved the flashing of two red cards at Wigan players.
The first, to Antollin Alcaraz, came after the Wigan captain fouled Fletcher to receive a second yellow card. The second, more clear-cut, saw Hugo Rodallega go for a two footed lunge at the ball.
Wigan now had it all to do but the deluge of goals we were hoping for didn`t come. Rooney saw his header pushed over by Al Habsi before, thankfully, Hernandez did wrap matter sup stooping low to head home an excellent cross from Rafael.
Manchester United 2 Wigan 0 - (Hernandez - 77 mins)
Rooney could have increased the lead after a flowing move involving Nani but his shot lacked power and Al Habsi saved again.
Three more points and we`re now joint top with Chelsea although they have a superior goal difference.
Date:Saturday November 20 2010
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