Premier League Review: Man United 5-0 Wigan

On the night that Man United celebrated 100 Years at Old Trafford, Man United had a very, very easy game against Wigan Athletic. The Man United players wore black armbands in memory of Busby babe Albert Scanlon who died at the age of 74.

Man United starting XI- Tomasz Kuszczak, Rafael da Silva, Wes Brown, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Ji-Sung Park, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov.

The first shot of the game fell to Valencia but his shot was slightly scuffed and went straight at goalkeeper Chris Kirkland. Around four minutes later Rooney had a shot at goal but it went over the bar.

For the first 12 minutes it was all Man United, it was a scrappy start and the game was being played at a very slow tempo.

Valencia started for Man United for the first time against his old club

The Stretford End was shouting for a penalty when Titus Bramble challenged Berbatov but it was a high quality tackle by the defender. Seconds later there was a decent strike by Rooney but Kirkland pushed it behind for a corner. Minutes later Rooney hits the foot of the post, it rebounds back and the goalkeeper grabs the ball, it looked like it was set to go into the back of the net.

Not long later Berbatov is put through on goal, the offside flag stays down, Berbatov chipped the keeper but his shot is put wide. At that point United had about five chances in three minutes.

Man United finally scored in the 27th minute when Valencia found Rafael who put the ball in and Rooney found the back of the net.

A fantastic move by Man United minutes later resulted in a Man United goal. Winger Valencia found Carrick who slotted the ball past Wigan keeper Kirkland.

After United’s second Hendry Thomas had a strike from around 40-yards out but it was off target, at least it was a shot.

Just before half time Rafael had his first goal for Man United. Rafael was allowed a lot of room, he took a few touches and finished the ball into the bottom corner, his celebration was to run to his brother Fabio on the bench.

Seconds later in first half injury time Gomes had a shot which was not far wide.

Man United played incredibly well during the first half, which we haven’t seen for a while and it was great to see. It did take Man United around 10 minutes to properly get going but when they did, it was great to watch.

At moments during the first half Valencia had tons of space down United’s wing when he had the ball. Man United didn’t have to do that much but we still went into the break 3-0 up.

Straight into the second half and the substitute goalkeeper Mike Pollitt ‘s first touch was a save from Rooney.

With only minutes gone on the clock in the second half, Man United were 4-0 up. Thomas tried to intercept Valencia’s ball in to Berbatov but he took a touch and slotted it past the substitute goalkeeper.

Not long after the fourth goal, United could have had five, Park found Berbatov who found Rooney but Wayne Rooney hit the bar. It was all incredibly easy for the whole of the team.

Wigan did have a good move, probably their best of the game but Charles N’Zobia’s shot was just wide of the far post. Second later, Man United went to sleep again and Hugo Rodallega had a shot but Kuszczak comfortably saved.

Sir Alex Ferguson made a triple substitution with Fabio da Silva, Danny Welbeck and Anderson coming on, Vidic, Evra and Berbatov all came off.

The game wasn’t going to finish 4-0, with 15 minutes left, Man United scored their fifth. Rooney slid the ball in to Valencia and he lifted the ball past Pollitt. The former Wigan player didn’t celebrate against his former club. Wigan did bring a good save out of Kuszczak during the second half when he had to save a point blank shot from Rodallega.

Welbeck could have made it 6-0, when he failed to score from a cross in from Rafael. 3 minutes were added onto the end but it was more a matter of running down the clock.

The game finished 5-0 to Man United, an incredibly easy game but it was great to see Man United put a good performance in. There was nothing good about Wigan, we were always going to win but we did pass the ball around well. The man of the match had to be Rooney, he was incredible all night.

Man United won the final match of the decade and to be totally honest, it was a walkover.

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