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Wigan 0 United 4

A four goal romp, with three of the goals coming in the second half, was enough to see United go four points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Sir Alex tweaked his starting eleven slightly for this fixture with Scholes coming into the midfield quartet and Hernandez partnering Rooney with our leading scorer, Berbatov dropping to the bench.

Team - Van der Sar, O`Shea, Vidic, Smalling, Evra, Carrick, Nani, Scholes, Fletcher, Rooney, Hernandez

Subs - Kuszczak, Brown, Fabio, Rafael, Gibson, Berbatov, King

United started sloppily, giving the ball away too easily and Wigan could easily have taken the lead early on but Van der Sar pulled off a good save to deny Victor Moses.

Hernandez could easily have given United the lead with a one-on-one situation but was thwarted before some good defensive work from Vidic denied Rodallega after some more good work from Moses.

But it was to be United that were to take the lead when Hernandez netted turning in a lovely cross from Nani.

Wigan 0 United 1 (Hernandez - 17 minutes)

Wigan almost responded immediately when Rodallega set up Watson but once again Van der Sar came to the rescue.

In a move started by Scholes, Rooney set up Nani but his shot hit the woodwork as United pressed to double their lead.

Half Time - Wigan 0 United 1

Wigan started the second half well and once again it was left to Van der Sar to keep United ahead pulling off a spectacular save from a long range effort from Figueroa.

Nani had a couple of chances to double our lead but couldn`t take them before Wigan wasted a glorious chance to go level, after a Vidic mistake, but Moses shot over from twelve yards out.

Pushing forward a spectacular effort from Nani soared over the crossbar. With Wigan throwing players forward, in search of an equaliser, the game started to open up.

Rooney had two chances, both headers but the first went wide and the second straight into the keepers` arms.

But United were to double their lead, shortly after, when a long ball wasn`t dealt with by the Wigan central defenders allowing Rooney and Hernandez to exchange passes before Hernandez netted to get his second goal of the game.

Wigan 0 United 2 (Hernandez - 74 minutes)

United then took advantage of some woeful Wigan defensive work when Rooney netted a third goal. Gibson, on as a substitute for Scholes, set the move in motion but it was down to the unselfishness of Berbatov who set Rooney up for the England striker to tap home.

Wigan 0 United 3 (Rooney - 84 minutes)

Still there was time for United to further improve their goal difference when Fabio, on as a substitute, scored to wrap things up for United. Netting his first goal for the club from a Fletcher cross.

Wigan 0 United 4 (Fabio - 87 minutes)

The game was now United`s and with Arsenal not playing, due to a Carling Cup Final appearance, the lead at the top of the Premier League was stretched to four points.




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The Journalist

Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 26 2011

Time: 4:55PM

Your Comments

Good elbow from Rooney - he looks more and more like Shearer with every passing game. Pity he got a straight red and will miss your next three games. Oh, hang on...
fifthcolumnblue
We win 4-0 and all you can cry about is Rooney fcb, pathetic. Typical that a City fan would highlight all thats wrong with United but never congratulate the positives, then again, should I expect anything more from an ABU?
TheFamousNo7
Good result and a good effort from the team, hopefully win can repeat this at Stamford Bridge. Hernandez showed his clinicality once again and is already, in my opinion, one of the best strikers in the league. It was also reassuring to see Fabio playing, so many neutrals believe Rafael is the better of the two when they are yet to see Fabio really play.
TheFamousNo7
I don't condone Rooney's "challenge" (only just saw it) but to smear a good result is very pathetic. "It was not because he was Wayne Rooney. It was an incident in the game. That is it." - Roberto Martinez, no doubt the rest of the world will be up in arms and will say it's favouritism or some ABU rubbish along those lines whilst the man it affectst the most will see it as nothing more than an "incident", it's football, it happens, accept it and move on.
TheFamousNo7
Use whatever sophistry you want famous, the decision was an utter disgrace, Rooney should be banned for the elbow and because it happened so early in the game it may have had an influence on the eventual result. Even your manager has admitted that you were under the cosh for the early part of the game, so if Rooney had walked you could well have caved in. But I suppose you will just ignore the fact that one of your players got away with blatant cheating yet again and whine about how the ABU's are giving you a hard time. Well done for getting yet another tainted victory on your way to a title you patently do not deserve. united are a disgrace, Clattenburg is a disgrace and if rooney and united get away with that crap then football is fixed. End of.
fifthcolumnblue
And for what it's worht, imagine the world were turned on it's head and the elbow had happened against rooney but the opposition player had got off scot-free. What would you say then? ***** happens? Balllox would you, you'd do the typical manure thing of screaming and screaming and screaming again. The referrees are scared of united and therefore you get an easy ride.
fifthcolumnblue
Rooney should have been off and lets hope the F A act and ban him for 3 games, as it is the least he deserves. The other way round and you'd be screaming about it and demanding life time bans, so the Joke not said a word
Tiny T
good win The Famous no7, but don't let it over shadow rooneys disgraceful elbow! and fithcolumbe blue, how you have the nerve to come on here after ben thatchers forearm smash on that portsmouth player god only knows, up the Villa
eltoro
just heard Mike Phelean on MOT'D what a juanker, pure and simple a proper juanker, his comments are disgusting, how he can say the ref dealt with it correctly! I just wonder how he'd feel if I smashed him one and the police put their arm round me, smiled and let me walk away, and you wonder why your the most hated club around, when idiots like that make comments like that
eltoro
Shrek = a disgrace. Clattenburg = a joke. Rags = long ball merchants. Eltoro - get off your high horse, Thatcher was banned and rightly so for that incident, you won't find many City fans that will argue that what he did was in anyway acceptable. This is not th first time Rooney has done this and more importantly got away with it and it certainly won't be the last.
Bluedub
You make it sound as if I agree with Rooney's actions Bluedub? Like I said I don't condone it and never have done but you're jumping the gun fcb by putting down one possibility out of infinite amount, who's to sat if Rooney was sent if we would of lost, who's to say Rooney's sending off wouldn't spur the team onwards and try even hard to make up for the lost man? No doubt i would be p1ssed if one of the opposition players should've been sent off but, from a neutral perspective, I wouldn't be parading it on the teams site and undermining a good team performance as, quite frankly, it would have 5hit all to do with me. Players from all teams to do it, even your own fcb and bluedub, whilst no-one agrees with it to build up a facade that your team is the most perfect, well behaved side is pathetic and hypocritical to say the least.
TheFamousNo7
Ah yes, the famous rag denial that they get special treatment from the refs. Fergie time, disallowed goals that were 2 yards over the line, defenders that the entire world (minus the 300 billion muppets that glory hunt for the rags) acknowledges should have been sent off in the second minute of a cup final, elbows that go entirely unpunished (check the pictures, shrek actually grabs McCarthy's shirt and pulls him toward him so he can make better contact with his elbow), and so on and so on. And in typical dirtbag fashion, anyone who disagrees with your version of events is a bitter or an ABU. And funny you should say that you don't condone cheating, I seem to recall you defending Scholes for his pathetic handball attempt against Wolves (surprise surprise, he didn't get booked!). The rags are the most hated team on the planet because they DESERVE to be Famous - don't go kidding yourself that anyone is jealous of you.
fifthcolumnblue
TF7 - what on earth are you talking about now? I didn't mention you in my comment.
Bluedub
Bluedub your comment: "Thatcher was banned and rightly so for that incident, you won't find many City fans that will argue that" implies that Man U fans will argue against the Rooney incident, I apologise if I misinterpreted your comment. fcb did I even mention jealousy? I branded you an ABU because instead of acknowledging a good result or adding some analysis from a neutral perspective you were on a smear campaign. Like I said I don't condone Rooney's actions but to let that one incident overshadow good efforts from both sides is really quite pathetic. Even more pathetic with the amount of hypocrisy involved with such comments, but of course I forgot, City is full of saints is it not?
TheFamousNo7
Apology accepted. I really don't understand how you got that from my comment mate especially when I was responding to Eltoro.
Bluedub
What can I say, when I get in a defensive mood I look deeper for meaning than what's there.
TheFamousNo7
To let one incident overshadow good efforts from both sidces? It was THE major incident of the game you plank. Send Rooney off as is the letter of the law and your 4-0 goes up in smoke. But oh no, another ref either bottled it or was so inept he doesn't deserve to officiate Sunday League. So sorry if you and everyone else associated with your club would rather switch the focus away from that incident but I think it's pretty much the only talking point from the game thank you very much.
fifthcolumnblue
4 goals and a single incident is the only talking point? Wigan's fighting spirit and valiant effort and the only thing worth talking about is Rooney's elbow. OK then fcb sure, whatever you say.
TheFamousNo7
It is the major talking point TF7, Wigan try hard yet get soundly beaten by U*d again is hardly news is it?
Bluedub
It's that sort of snobbery and derogatory comments about the opposition which is one of the reasons you yourselves are not liked bluedub. Also I thought Man U intimidating the ref, Rooney being a thug and the usual bull5hit was typical Man U and that it was common for decisions to go our way? So, following that logic, what makes the Rooney incident news? There's only so much you can say about that one incident whilst the other 90 minutes of football can be interpreted in many different ways and opinions, all of which I am far more interested in.
TheFamousNo7
Snobbery? Get of your high horse. You really do have some messed up way of thinking mate. I've already commented on the game above, see Rags = long ball merchants. Why didn't you challenge me on that TF7? Oh and it is common for decisions to go your way, the Shrek incident was an extreme act of violent conduct that's why it is the games major talking point. Look at any football media today and you will see that the two main stories are Arsenal losing yesterday and Shrek's filthy elbow to MacCarthy's face.
Bluedub
Longball? Is that what counter-attacking football is called these days? Well I will take our top of the league football over your "3 DM's lets see if we can bore 'em to death and gain a win through default" approach. Those newspapers which are widely accepted as toilet papers when the topic is on anything else par United to you guys? If anyone needs to get of their high horse it's yourself, it has become a trend for your side to look down on your opposition as if your better than them, do remember De Jong's menacing tackle on Alonso or his career ending=esque "tackles" on Holden and Ben Arfa everyone was also quick to forget Gerrard's elbows on Welbeck and Brown.
TheFamousNo7
TF7 - there are many other media outlets than newspapers. As a Rag you have no right to preach to a City fan about career ending tackles, just ask Pardoe, Bell or Haaland. Hoooooooooof!!
Bluedub
Do I really need to spell it out? The point is that before people begin on their hate parade on Rooney and the United bias nonsesne, which has been intensified by the media, they should take a look at their own side first as no one has the right to take a moral high ground (this is not aimed at you but football fans collectively). This incident has been seen millions of times before and will be seen again millions of times and there is always the one conclusion, the player should've been sent off but ultimately that's all that can be said. I concede that it's a massive talking point however, it's quite boring hearing the same point reiterated and it's neglectful to mention other key points from the game, once again this is not solely aimed at you but football fans in general. Like I said only one conclusion can be made from that incident whilst numerous opinions and views can be formed from the rest of the game, which are far more interesting. On a final note I didn't use De Jong as a dig at your club, I used him as an example that De Jong's challenges are just as "filthy" if not worse than Rooneys incident and that to judge Rooney so harshly is hypocritical. I don't expect anyone to like Rooney but I do expect that if a football fan is to make a comment about an incident that they should atleast acknowledge that their players are just as guilty rather than building this facade that their club is perfect.
TheFamousNo7
See that's where your mistaken TF7. de Jong is a no nonsense tough tackler whereas Shrek is a cynical scumbag, BIG difference.
Bluedub
And there's the issue Bluedub, no nonsense tough tackling is no longer acceptable in the game, those challenges earn red cards and break bones and are consideribally more violent. However, it's considered more just as there's less intent on injuring the opponent. The difference in intention may have a gulf of difference in the public eye but the acceptability of it on a football pitch is equally unacceptable and even then the damage it causes to an opponent has a gulf in difference, with one rattling the player whilst the other potentially ends their career. Say what you will about the difference in personality it doesn't change the fact that both action's, elbowing out of spite and committing a challenge when you're fully aware of the serious consequences, are equally as bad despite motives.
TheFamousNo7
 

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