Man United Level With Chelsea After 2-0 Win

Old Trafford Manchester United v Wigan Premier League 20/11/2010 Gabriel Obertan (Manchester United) Hendry Thomas (Wigan) Photo: Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
Manchester United are now level on points with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table after beating Wigan 2-0 at Old Trafford, whilst Chelsea lost 1-0 to Birmingham. Earlier on in the day Arsenal threw a 2-0 lead away and ended up losing 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates.

The away side started off the brighter of the two teams with two shots on target in the first 10 minutes. Luis Nani came close twice after those chances, his first effort took a deflection and went for a corner, and his second was a free kick.

Patrice Evra headed Ji-Sung’s cross past Ali Al Habsi just before half time to give United the lead. That was Evra’s Premier League goal in four years.

After the break Wigan’s chances of getting anything out of the game took a massive blow after Antolin Alcaraz and Hugo Rodallega were both sent off within three minutes of each other. Alcaraz was first off after being shown a second yellow card, Rodallega was shown a straight red after a lunge on Rafael da Silva.

Sir Alex Ferguson introduced both Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney in the 56th minute, they replaced Park and Federico Macheda.

Whilst the game was still at 1-0 there was still a slight chance that Wigan could still score but the game was put to bed after substitute Javier Hernandez put United 2-0 up in the 77th minute. A brilliant cross by Rafael was and Hernandez’ diving header flew past Al Habsi.

With Wigan down to 9 men, unsurprisingly United had most of the possession throughout the second half, some good opportunities to improve the goal difference but it finished 2-0.

Fulltime stats showed that United had 17 goal attempts, with 11 on target. Wigan had 10 but with 4 on target. United had 65% of the possession, which means that Wigan had 35%.

One Response so far.

  1. DavidTheAlien says:

    Honestly Saturday was one of the happiest days i have had in a while being a United fan, everything went our way. Chelsea and Arsenal losing was great, i thought our performance was good but not great, very exposed at the back on more than one occasion in the first half. I also thought Macheda and Obertan had a decent game, Nani couldn't pass there for a while in the second half and maybe was reeling his mistakes that he had with Portugal during the week. I counted five passes in a row which only one or two were a bit tricky that went straight to the opposition, Wigan have to feel hard done by with the two red cards but they were both warranted in my opinion. I just hope we hit form very soon and start playing like we all know we are capable of then who knows number 19 could just be on the horizon. Good thing about all of this is we are playing crap at times but are now joint top, incredible it really is.

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