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United 2 Wigan 0

United 2 Wigan 0

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.

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Saturday November 20 2010
Time: 5:27PM


best part about today was that chelsea lost again...but i thought we should have gone for more goals in my opinion nani was horrible today, park was really good, i don't know how many times macheda actually touched the ball, obertan was poor, i mean he could read the game well just his delivery was poor
20/11/2010 18:14:00
What was it the Chelsea fans were saying? "mind the gap" and "keep your unbeaten streak if you like" look quite funny now.
20/11/2010 19:16:00
2-0 against 9 men? Not really clicking at the moment are you?
20/11/2010 19:33:00
Not clicking and yet joint 1st only behind on goal difference. God help Chelsea when we do click.
20/11/2010 20:48:00
feck me - we're trembling in our boots!
20/11/2010 22:01:00
Tell you what, the cheering for Rooney was positively cringeworthy - and don't tell me it was for Paul Scholes either. "JOIN CITY AND DIE"!!! PMSL!
21/11/2010 10:31:00
Heh, i guess merlin you'll always have something to say merlin. If we are trailing, then it's "mind the gap". Now that we are even it's "not clicking are we". Truth is though, we are far from clicking but we are on par with chelsea, i wouldnt say that you should tremble or anything but you should definately be worried, cause we'll go from strength to strength. It looked like a stroll in the park for chelski a month ago but now thats not the case. So think again before trying to be smart.
21/11/2010 10:33:00
fcb, are you seriously naive enough to assume the minority speaks for the majority? So a few people cheered does that mean they represent all of us? When those 'fans' held that poster up was there millions of united fans there with them?
22/11/2010 08:12:00
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