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The referee brings the game to a close.
Rafael Da Silva crosses the ball, Mohamed Diame makes a clearance.
Luis Nani produces a cross, Effort on goal by Gabriel Obertan from 12 yards. Save by Ali Al Habsi. Luis Nani takes a short corner.
Corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line. Paul Scholes takes a shot. Steven Caldwell gets a block in. Close range effort by Patrice Evra goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
Patrice Evra takes a shot. Blocked by Hendry Thomas. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luis Nani.
Luis Nani sends in a cross.
The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, save made by Ali Al Habsi.
The ball is swung over by Rafael Da Silva, Javier Hernandez produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Darren Fletcher delivers the ball.
Inswinging corner taken by Luis Nani.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani to the near post, clearance made by James McArthur.
The ball is crossed by Luis Nani, clearance made by James McArthur. Corner taken short by Luis Nani, Luis Nani takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
Centre by Victor Moses.
Nemanja Vidic challenges Franco Di Santo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hendry Thomas takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Gabriel Obertan.
Effort on goal by Gabriel Obertan from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Gabriel Obertan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
James McArthur on for Ronnie Stam. Franco Di Santo comes on in place of Charles N'Zogbia. Patrice Evra challenges Charles N'Zogbia unfairly and gives away a free kick.
James McArthur replaces Ronnie Stam. Franco Di Santo replaces Charles N'Zogbia. Patrice Evra concedes a free kick for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia. Hendry Thomas shoots direct from the free kick, Edwin Van der Sar makes a comfortable save.
Corner taken by Luis Nani played to the near post.
Luis Nani delivers the ball, clearance by Steven Caldwell.
Javier Hernandez grabs a headed goal from close in. Man Utd 2-0 Wigan.The assist for the goal came from Rafael Da Silva.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the left by-line, Steve Gohouri makes a clearance.
Centre by Patrice Evra, Hendry Thomas gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Patrice Evra, Mohamed Diame makes a clearance.
Wayne Rooney fouled by Mohamed Diame, the ref awards a free kick. Luis Nani produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Rafael Da Silva delivers the ball, Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the left by-line, Shot from just outside the area by Paul Scholes goes over the bar.
Rafael Da Silva delivers the ball, clearance by Hendry Thomas.
The ball is sent over by Rafael Da Silva, clearance made by Steven Caldwell.
Gabriel Obertan sends in a cross, clearance made by Steven Caldwell.
Effort from long distance by Victor Moses goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Hendry Thomas challenges Javier Hernandez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
Javier Hernandez on for Michael Carrick. The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, Header from close in by Luis Nani misses to the left of the target.
The ball is sent over by Rafael Da Silva, clearance by Ronnie Stam.
awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva by Victor Moses. Hugo Rodallega is shown a red card for serious foul play.
Hugo Rodallega challenges Rafael Da Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hugo Rodallega receives a red card. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Hendry Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Luis Nani restarts play with the free kick.
Antolin Alcaraz dismissed for second bookable offence. Antolin Alcaraz concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Fletcher. Luis Nani crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Steve Gohouri.
The ball is delivered by Luis Nani.
Victor Moses on for Jordi Gomez.
Ji-Sung Park goes off and Paul Scholes comes on. Wayne Rooney comes on in place of Federico Macheda.
Rafael Da Silva delivers the ball, blocked by Charles N'Zogbia.
Effort by Hendry Thomas from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
Effort on goal by Hendry Thomas from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
Maynor Figueroa fouled by Rafael Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Charles N'Zogbia crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by Patrice Evra.
Foul by Luis Nani on Steve Gohouri, free kick awarded. Steve Gohouri takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antolin Alcaraz by Federico Macheda. Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, clearance made by Maynor Figueroa.
Patrice Evra finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Man Utd 1-0 Wigan.Ji-Sung Park provided the assist for the goal.
Darren Fletcher delivers the ball, clearance made by Antolin Alcaraz.
Steven Caldwell challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Rafael Da Silva.
Hugo Rodallega gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Rafael Da Silva, free kick awarded. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick. Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hendry Thomas. Direct free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Patrice Evra. Direct free kick taken by Steve Gohouri.
The ball is sent over by Maynor Figueroa, Hugo Rodallega produces a overhead kick right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Charles N'Zogbia takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Ronnie Stam sends in a cross.
The ball is delivered by Patrice Evra, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Ronnie Stam produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Gohouri on Ji-Sung Park. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.
Federico Macheda challenges Hendry Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mohamed Diame restarts play with the free kick.
The referee shows Antolin Alcaraz a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Gabriel Obertan, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luis Nani from right wing, Mohamed Diame manages to make a clearance.
Darren Fletcher takes a shot. Mohamed Diame gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken by Luis Nani, clearance by Hugo Rodallega.
Mohamed Diame booked for unsporting behaviour. Mohamed Diame challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luis Nani crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Antolin Alcaraz.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Ronnie Stam. Shot comes in from Luis Nani from the free kick, comfortable save by Ali Al Habsi.
Nemanja Vidic concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugo Rodallega. Jordi Gomez takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Charles N'Zogbia from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Effort on goal by Charles N'Zogbia from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Foul by Mohamed Diame on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luis Nani.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Federico Macheda. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
Luis Nani has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post. Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz.
Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Hendry Thomas challenges Gabriel Obertan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
Gabriel Obertan produces a cross.
Steve Gohouri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luis Nani, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Hugo Rodallega is adjudged to have handled the ball. Rio Ferdinand takes the free kick.
Charles N'Zogbia sends in a cross. Shot by Jordi Gomez from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
Federico Macheda concedes a free kick for a foul on Antolin Alcaraz. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Patrice Evra, clearance by Maynor Figueroa.
The game kicks-off.
The match has reached half-time.
The referee gets the second half underway.
Record not a source of pride for Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson is refusing to take much pleasure from the fact Manchester United remain undefeated this term and is still angry at the points they have tossed away.
It is one of the quirks of a crazy Barclays Premier League campaign that the Red Devils are yet to suffer a defeat, yet lie only third in the table.
The reason is obvious. Far too many draws.
Indeed, United have finished level in more matches this term than they have actually won.
Not that Ferguson was complaining at Villa Park last weekend when, by his own admission, United could have been six goals adrift before they launched one of their famous comebacks to earn a share of the spoils and deny Gerard Houllier's men a deserved triumph.
Yet there have been times this term, notably at Fulham and Everton, when the Red Devils have been on the wrong end of a thrilling finale.
They conceded a late equaliser at Craven Cottage after Nani had missed a penalty that surely would have sealed all three points, whilst at Goodison Park United were two goals ahead as the match entered stoppage time and still did not win.
Ferguson regards Bolton as another place where victory was thrown away, although given the Trotters are now fifth - and twice took the lead at the Reebok Stadium - that may be stretching a point.
"People make a story about us being undefeated, but we've thrown points away," Ferguson told Key 103.
"Last week we stole one, so maybe that balances itself out.
"But we are still angry at ourselves at losing late goals. We have got this great record of scoring late goals, but we have suffered from it on the opposite side this season."
United would not expect to suffer this weekend as Wigan are still to gain a point off their neighbours in 10 Premier League meetings, losing by five goals twice last term.
They were also beaten in the 2007 Carling Cup final, in which Wayne Rooney was a goalscorer.
Rooney could therefore have no better side to ease his way back to form against as he restarts his season after a difficult first few months scarred by injury, a World Cup hangover and that intense week when it seemed he was leaving, only to eventually sign a five-year contract.
After spending a week doing conditioning work in the United States, the 25-year-old has been back training once more.
Ferguson is dubious about whether Rooney is going to start tomorrow but, with a trip to Rangers looming in the Champions League on Wednesday, he is eager to get his star man out onto the pitch at some point.
"I don't think Wayne will start tomorrow but he may make the bench," said Ferguson.
"He will certainly play against Rangers on Wednesday.
"He has been doing OK. He just needs to get back into the football training.
"The week in Oregon was intense work. That in itself brings the fitness part, but the football part of training is another thing.
"With him being out with the ankle injury we needed to get him onto the intense training to get his fitness levels up."
Ferguson will keep a close eye on Rio Ferdinand, who came off at half-time in England's defeat to France on Wednesday after feeling a tightness in his hamstring.
There is also a doubt over Chris Smalling, who returned from his first call-up with the English senior squad with some discomfort in his groin."
Wigan defender Gary Caldwell will miss out with a thigh problem.
Manager Roberto Martinez expects the Scot could miss as many as six weeks with the injury, with fellow centre-half Emmerson Boyce also out with a muscle problem.
Caldwell's brother Steven could be drafted into the side, while James McCarthy is a long-term absentee with an ankle injury.
Martinez believes United are in the perfect position in the Barclays Premier League, saying:
"Manchester United are unbeaten in 18 games in the league and that shows you that there are many reasons to have a slower start than many people expect," he said.
"But in my eyes Manchester United are just where they want to be. They are starting to get the important players reaching their moment of form.
"They've got injured players that are going to come back just at the right time and they're just sitting in a very good position in the table just to peak at the right time in the campaign.
"We know that on Saturday we'll have to be at our best to be able to compete against the most experienced side in the Premier League."
Rooney returns as United move up
Wayne Rooney made it a perfect day for Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson's side took full advantage of their title rivals' misfortunes with a 2-0 victory over Wigan.
United brushed aside the Latics, who self-destructed in the second half with two unnecessary red cards, but perhaps more importantly Rooney made his first appearance since the contract saga that saw the England striker threaten to leave before signing a new five-year deal.
The setbacks suffered by Arsenal and Chelsea made it imperative that United did not slip up too and they made no mistake as headers by Patrice Evra and Javier Hernandez ensured Ferguson's men second spot in the Premier League table, behind Chelsea only on goal difference.
Rooney should have put the icing on the cake by scoring too but passed up a glorious opportunity.
For Wigan, red cards for Antolin Alcaraz and Hugo Rodallega virtually ensured they would get nothing from the game.
Roberto Martinez's men had started well, showing from the start however that they were not going to lie down and be rolled over.
The visitors were presented with a fabulous chance in the opening exchanges to stun United when Nemanja Vidic slipped as he tried to clear Charles N'Zogbia's cross. The ball popped up in the air and Jordi Gomez should have at least hit the target - instead he scooped over to the huge relief of most of those inside Old Trafford.
Nani's free-kick from deep on the left nearly surprised Ali Al Habsi in the Wigan goal, but he managed a scrambled save, before Rodallega charged through the United defence and drove in a shot, but it was straight at Edwin van der Sar.
Al Habsi had to be smart to keep out Nani again but Wigan showed their threat on the break when N'Zogbia swept into the penalty area but his shot - with his right foot rather than his favoured left - was disappointing from a good position.
There was another let-off for United when Ronnie Stam stabbed wide after United's defence looked all at sea again, then N'Zogbia burst between Ferdinand and Rafael and was only denied by Van der Sar coming out to block.
From the corner Rodallega tried the spectacular with an overhead kick but the ball went miles wide.
After so many let-offs the stage seemed set for United to make Wigan pay and so it turned out in the last minute of the half as Evra scored his first goal for three and a half years.
Park Ji Sung floated a cross to the back post and Evra rose and sent a downward header past Al Habsi.
Rooney came on in the 57th minute to cheers and some boos as he and Paul Scholes replaced Macheda and Park.
Almost immediately the match swung even further in United's favour as Wigan skipper Alcaraz was sent off after picking up his second yellow card for rash and needless challenge on Darren Fletcher.
Wigan completely lost their heads and two minutes later Rodallega was following his captain down the tunnel after a crazy two-footed challenge on Rafael.
That left Wigan to play for half an hour with just nine men and Ferguson went for the jugular with Hernandez coming on for Michael Carrick.
Rooney, with only a penalty to his name this season, nearly made it 2-0 when he rose above Steve Gohouri and sent a fierce header goalwards only for Al Habsi to tip over.
It did not take long for United to get the goal however as Hernandez's powerful diving header from Rafael's cross easily beat Al Habsi.
Hendry Thomas tried to get Wigan back into it with a long-range free-kick that was easy for Van der Sar before Rooney should have put away the easiest of chances in injury time.
Nani's cross reached Rooney inside the six-yard box but he did not make good contact and Al Habsi was able to save.
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