Writer: Red Boy
Date:Tuesday January 1 2013
A stroll in the park, well DW Stadium actually, saw United score four and take all three points from the fixture against Wigan.
After the 2-0 win over West Brom last time out, Sir Alex Ferguson shuffled his pack and made five change with Van Persie, Rafael, Hernandez, Giggs and Ferdinand all coming back into the starting eleven.
United bossed the first forty-five minutes but had to wait until late on to press home that superiority. The opening goal of the half came with thirty-five minutes on the clock when a Evans ball saw Evra force a save out of Al Habsi and Hernandez was on hand to finish.
Two minutes before the break, United doubled their lead with a goal from Van Persie with the Dutchman showing some exquisite skills to turn Ramis and unleash a curling shot, with his weaker foot, into the top corner.
As for other chances, Hernandez had a goal disallowed, just before the quarter of an hour mark, drifting offside after a fine ball from Giggs whilst Young thought he should have had a penalty after a challenge from Beausejour.
Half Time - Wigan 0 Manchester United 2
The second half mirrored the first with United dominating proceedings and adding a further two goals. The first of these came after 63 minutes when Hernandez scored his second of the game after a free-kick, from Van Persie, was only half-cleared and Hernandez drilled home the loose ball from inside the area.
The fourth goal came two minutes from time, from the prolific boot of Van Persie with the Dutchman presented with an easy chance after Welbeck capitalised on two Wigan defenders colliding with each other, to square the ball for Van Persie to slot home.
As for other contributions to a lively half, well United could have extended their lead early on in the second half but Hernandez screwed a shot wide after an assist from Van Persie whilst Wigan would have felt aggrieved, shortly after, when Kone tapped home a cross-shot from Di Santo, only to see the offside flag go up.
All in all a good win and a goal difference improvement over City, you couldn`t ask for much more could you!
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