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  • Date:26 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Old Trafford
  • Attendance:75,183
  • Park (7) Berbatov (40)
    Berbatov (57) Valencia (74)
    Berbatov - pen (77)
Goal!

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91:40 +1.40

Ronnie Stam delivers the ball, save by Anders Lindegaard.

90:44 +0.44

Effort from long distance by Antolin Alcaraz goes wide right of the goal.

88:58

Darron Gibson produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Ali Al Habsi.

87:03

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Maynor Figueroa goes wide of the left-hand post.

85:32

Federico Macheda fouled by Antolin Alcaraz, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Wayne Rooney, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz.

83:25

Wayne Rooney concedes a free kick for a foul on James McArthur. Ronnie Stam restarts play with the free kick.

82:35

A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia.

82:06

The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia, clearance made by Antolin Alcaraz.

79:34

Franco Di Santo fouled by Wayne Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Hugo Rodallega replaces Victor Moses. James McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.

79:04

The ball is crossed by Federico Macheda, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.

76:56

Penalty awarded for a foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Ji-Sung Park. Placed penalty scored by Dimitar Berbatov. Man Utd 5-0 Wigan.Assist on the goal came from Ji-Sung Park.

74:49

Antonio Valencia finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 4-0 Wigan.The assist for the goal came from Michael Carrick.

74:28

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Wayne Rooney, clearance made by Antolin Alcaraz.

74:18

The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia, James McCarthy gets a block in.

73:56

Short corner taken by Wayne Rooney.

73:51

Wayne Rooney produces a cross, clearance by James McArthur.

73:20

Corner taken by Wayne Rooney played to the near post, James McCarthy manages to make a clearance.

73:13

Federico Macheda sends in a cross, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.

70:31

James McArthur joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jordi Gomez.

70:21

Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

69:54

A cross is delivered by Antolin Alcaraz, Anders Lindegaard makes a save.

69:33

The ball is swung over by Wayne Rooney, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz.

68:54

Wayne Rooney is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Jordi Gomez.

67:43

Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.

67:38

Wayne Rooney produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Javier Hernandez.

67:35

Ezekiel Fryers produces a cross.

67:03

Antonio Valencia decides to take the corner short. Centre by Antonio Valencia.

66:53

The ball is swung over by Ji-Sung Park, blocked by Jordi Gomez.

65:08

Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Save made by Anders Lindegaard.

64:08

Centre by Ezekiel Fryers. Shot on goal by Ji-Sung Park from just inside the area goes over the target. Foul by Federico Macheda on Ronnie Stam, free kick awarded. Ronnie Stam restarts play with the free kick.

63:02

Luis Nani goes off and Federico Macheda comes on. Wayne Rooney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Giggs.

62:11

Foul by Luis Nani on Maynor Figueroa, free kick awarded. Maynor Figueroa takes the free kick.

61:19

Ryan Giggs is given a yellow card.

61:18

Jordi Gomez fouled by Ryan Giggs, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.

61:13

The ball is sent over by Ji-Sung Park, clearance by Jordi Gomez.

60:56

Antonio Valencia produces a cross, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz.

57:55

Dimitar Berbatov scores a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Man Utd 3-0 Wigan.Assist by Antonio Valencia.

55:58

Franco Di Santo decides to take the corner short.

53:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses by Patrice Evra. Strike comes in from David Jones from the free kick.

52:57

Patrice Evra challenges Victor Moses unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jordi Gomez takes the direct free kick.

48:43

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Dimitar Berbatov goes over the bar.

47:36

Darron Gibson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

47:19

A cross is delivered by Dimitar Berbatov. Luis Nani sends in a cross.

46:48

Victor Moses gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Carrick. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.

46:27

The ball is swung over by Javier Hernandez, Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.

46:04 +1.04

Shot by Mohamed Diame. Anders Lindegaard makes a save.

45:56

Ji-Sung Park delivers the ball, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.

45:17

Antonio Valencia crosses the ball, blocked by James McCarthy.

45:01

Franco Di Santo replaces Mohamed Diame. Ezekiel Fryers replaces Jonathan Evans.

44:17

Floated corner taken by Luis Nani.

44:10

The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra, Mohamed Diame gets a block in.

42:25

Jordi Gomez fouled by Ryan Giggs, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jordi Gomez.

40:57

Dimitar Berbatov finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 Wigan.Assist by Darron Gibson.

40:28

Centre by Patrice Evra, clearance by Maynor Figueroa.

40:23

The ball is delivered by Antonio Valencia.

38:27

Unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Conor Sammon results in a free kick. The referee sends off Conor Sammon for violent conduct. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.

38:08

The ball is delivered by Patrice Evra, blocked by Antolin Alcaraz.

37:36

The referee gives a free kick against Conor Sammon for handball. Ryan Giggs restarts play with the free kick.

36:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Conor Sammon by Jonathan Evans. Antolin Alcaraz takes the direct free kick.

35:47

Darron Gibson produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

35:40

The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.

35:16

Ronnie Stam sends in a cross, Luis Nani makes a clearance.

33:51

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Dimitar Berbatov misses to the left of the target.

32:33

Conor Sammon takes a shot. Save by Anders Lindegaard.

31:33

Antonio Valencia challenges Jordi Gomez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.

31:24

Luis Nani delivers the ball, clearance made by Antolin Alcaraz.

30:27

The ball is sent over by Ronnie Stam.

29:17

Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.

28:11

The ball is delivered by Ronnie Stam, Jonathan Evans manages to make a clearance.

27:43

Short corner taken by Victor Moses from the left by-line.

27:25

Victor Moses takes a shot. Jonathan Evans gets a block in.

25:42

Dimitar Berbatov fouled by Maynor Figueroa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Luis Nani.

23:18

Jordi Gomez fouled by Jonathan Evans, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan Evans is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Jordi Gomez shoots direct from the free kick. Mohamed Diame challenges Javier Hernandez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anders Lindegaard restarts play with the free kick.

22:38

Luis Nani delivers the ball, Antolin Alcaraz makes a clearance.

21:11

David Jones challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee cautions David Jones for unsporting behaviour. Antonio Valencia takes the direct free kick.

20:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Ronnie Stam. Ronnie Stam takes the direct free kick.

19:57

The ball is crossed by Darron Gibson, save by Ali Al Habsi.

19:40

A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia, blocked by Jordi Gomez.

19:04

Luis Nani takes a short corner.

18:54

Darron Gibson takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.

18:29

A cross is delivered by Ronnie Stam, Luis Nani gets a block in.

18:00

A cross is delivered by Javier Hernandez, save made by Ali Al Habsi.

17:12

A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.

16:19

The ball is swung over by Michael Carrick.

15:33

Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Mohamed Diame makes a clearance.

15:24

Dimitar Berbatov sends in a cross, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

13:34

The ball is crossed by Ronnie Stam.

11:55

The ball is crossed by Antonio Valencia, Maynor Figueroa gets a block in.

11:24

Antonio Valencia delivers the ball, clearance by Maynor Figueroa.

10:01

The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia, blocked by Jordi Gomez.

9:19

Foul by James McCarthy on Michael Carrick, free kick awarded. Luis Nani takes the free kick.

9:11

The ball is sent over by Ryan Giggs, Maynor Figueroa manages to make a clearance.

8:36

Ryan Giggs decides to take the corner short.

8:28

Ji-Sung Park delivers the ball, James McCarthy gets a block in.

7:14

Patrice Evra produces a cross, A goal is scored by Ji-Sung Park from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Wigan.Assist by Patrice Evra.

5:40

Antonio Valencia sends in a cross.

4:20

Victor Moses takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Carrick.

3:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Conor Sammon. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.

0:42

Antolin Alcaraz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov. Ryan Giggs crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Conor Sammon gets a block in.

Match Preview

Evans refuses to take Wigan lightly Jonny Evans needs only to recall his loan spells at Sunderland to know that Manchester United could be in for a difficult Boxing Day against Wigan. On the face of it, United's Christmas visitors should present few problems at Old Trafford. The Latics are currently in the relegation zone, have never even managed a draw in 13 previous meetings, and the aggregate score from their last four encounters is 16-0. Yet Roberto Martinez's men have lost just once in their last six games, including home draws with Chelsea and Liverpool, and they will make the short trip down the M6 free from any expectations. And Evans is sure Wigan will arrive in Manchester ready to scrap for every ball. "I was involved in a bit of a relegation battle at Sunderland," said Evans, who spent two half-seasons on Wearside in 2007 and 2008. "Against the big teams we actually tended to play a bit better. "You relax a bit because the pressure's off and lift yourself. You are not expected to pick up points and obviously, that can help you. "I know at the minute Wigan are near the bottom of the league but they have had some decent results in the last few weeks. "They've drawn against both Liverpool and Chelsea and it is going to be tough." Evans has also noted a change in philosophy among teams visiting Old Trafford, with a greater determination to go on the attack very much in evidence. "When I used to watch as a fan I remember always thinking the away team never really tried to score," he said. "They'd just sit back and play one up front. "There has been a bit of a shift in that philosophy over the last few years. Teams are coming to Old Trafford and thinking they may as well go for it." United have already started their festive programme well, smashing five goals past Fulham on Wednesday following a convincing win at QPR the previous weekend. However, with Manchester City on top form too, that form must be maintained, which could be bad news for both Wigan and rock-bottom Blackburn, who visit Old Trafford on New Year's Eve. And while Evans refuses to complain about the sacrifices that professional footballers make at this time of year, he admits relief at not having to embark on a lengthy Christmas Day journey this season. "It's a period we enjoy," he said. "You'd think we get annoyed because we don't get to spend Christmas with our family, but it's quite a nice feeling coming into training on Christmas morning. "It's only a short and sharp session and the Boxing Day game is always a big one for the fans. "And the fact we have two home games this season is an advantage as well. "I can remember in the past spending Christmas night travelling up to Sunderland, for instance. "It's good to be at home and we don't have to leave the house until a bit later." Phil Jones should be available after it was revealed he did not suffer a broken cheekbone at Fulham but Ashley Young (knee) is out for a few weeks. Skipper Gary Caldwell insists Wigan can get a result against United for the first time in the club's history. Caldwell claims draws against Chelsea and Liverpool have inspired Wigan to believe they can finally upset the odds. He said: "To do something this club has never done before and get a result from Old Trafford would be very special. "We're going there ready to give everything we've got, full of confidence and with a belief that we can do something. "Of course, they're a top team, have home advantage and are right in the thick of a title challenge, so it'll be very difficult but an excellent opportunity to continue the strong run we're on. "To lead the out into the best stadium in the league will be a special moment; as a kid growing up I remember watching the likes of Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs playing there and taking opponents by storm. "So it'll be a big day for everyone concerned and we all believe we can get something from the game and make it a special day for the fans." Although they are still third-from-bottom, Martinez says he is not even entertaining the possibility of relegation. Martinez said: "It's a big mistake to start talking about relegation in December. We are ready to face adversity and be as good as we can. "I always say that for me there is no bottom three. The way the competition has been going it's a bottom 13." Martinez will assess defender Steve Gohouri (flu) and striker Hugo Rodallega before deciding on his squad to travel to Old Trafford.

Formation:442Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

Formation: 541Manager: Roberto Martinez

Wigan

  • Anders Lindegaard
  • Antonio Valencia
  • Jonathan Evans
  • Michael Carrick
  • Patrice Evra
  • Ji-Sung Park
  • Darron Gibson
  • Ryan Giggs
  • Luis Nani
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • Javier Hernandez
  • SUBS
  • David De Gea
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Danny Welbeck
  • Rafael Da Silva
  • Federico Macheda
  • Mame Diouf
  • Ezekiel Fryers

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Match Report

Berbatov treble mounts pressure on City Dimitar Berbatov scored a hat-trick as Manchester United muscled their way level with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League courtesy of a 5-0 win over Wigan. City still hold the advantage on goal difference, but even that lead was cut to five by United's second successive five-goal triumph. It was tough luck on Wigan, whose chance disappeared once Conor Sammon was sent off for catching Michael Carrick with his elbow just before the break. Already leading through Park Ji-sung's early goal, United took maximum advantage. Berbatov doubled their lead before half-time, then scored twice more, bringing back memories of his form in the first half of last season, when he claimed three match balls. On this occasion, he owed the honour to Wayne Rooney, who stepped aside to let him take the penalty after Park had been fouled by Antolin Alcaraz. The excellent Antonio Valencia was also on target to ensure Sir Alex Ferguson will be handed the perfect 70th birthday present of a place on top of the table should his side overcome Blackburn on New Year's Eve, given City are not in action until 24 hours later. If there was one game where Ferguson might not have been too alarmed to field a defence including Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia, this was it. Wigan had not managed so much as a draw in 13 previous meetings between the sides and the combined score from their past four encounters was 16-0. United soon added to their tally as Patrice Evra slalomed his way into the Wigan box, then picked out Park Ji-sung with a neat cut-back. The South Korean had enough space to pick his spot, into the top right corner, well out of Ali Al Habsi's reach. United continued to create chances at regular intervals, with Nani, Berbatov and Darron Gibson all trying their luck. However, Wigan were not content to play the meek visitors and with Victor Moses building on recent impressive performances and Ronnie Stam exploiting the hosts' lack of an orthodox left-sided midfield player, created just as many chances as their hosts early on. Sammon wasted the best, turning onto David Jones' pass but drilling a shot straight at Anders Lindegaard. The Irishman's day quickly got much worse, and any chance Wigan had disappeared. There is no doubt Sammon's arm did end up in Carrick's face, offering referee Phil Dowd the opportunity to send him off. However, it did appear the Wigan man was attempting to use it as a barrier to shield a bouncing ball from his opponent. There was no malice, and very little force, behind the action and Latics chief Roberto Martinez was not on his own in believing his side had been harshly treated. And, as good sides do, United quickly exploited the situation. Had injury not struck him down in August, Gibson might well have moved on in the summer. As it was, Ferguson was probably glad to have him available for this one. The Irishman delivered a teasing cross from the right flank, which ended up with Berbatov. Making only his second Premier League start of the season, United's record signing took some time to get the ball under control. However, he had the strength to hold off Antolin Alcaraz and drilled his shot past Al Habsi. The departure of Evans at half-time led to Evra becoming possibly becoming United's shortest ever central defender. He was limping too not long afterwards, although that proved to be a false alarm. There did not seem much wrong with the Frenchman when he went straight through the back of Moses anyway. Jones curled the free-kick narrowly wide, which turned out to be Wigan's last opportunity before United struck again. Valencia was having a quietly effective game and his prodded pass left Berbatov with enough space and time to smash his shot beyond Al Habsi. Having fallen so far behind Manchester City in the goal difference stakes, United sensed it was time to start making up some ground. Valencia's excellent performance continued when he drilled his first Premier League goal of the season into the bottom left corner. Then, after Park was chopped down in the box by Alcaraz, substitute Rooney let Berbatov finish off his hat-trick.

Form Guide

    WDWWWW
  • Man Utd
  • VS
  • Wigan
  • DWLWDD

Last Meetings

  • Wigan
  • 0 - 4
  • Man Utd
  • 26/02/2011
  • Man Utd
  • 2 - 0
  • Wigan
  • 20/11/2010
  • Man Utd
  • 5 - 0
  • Wigan
  • 30/12/2009
  • Wigan
  • 0 - 5
  • Man Utd
  • 22/08/2009
  • Wigan
  • 1 - 2
  • Man Utd
  • 13/05/2009
  • Man Utd
  • 1 - 0
  • Wigan
  • 14/01/2009

Top Scorers

Man Utd

  • W Rooney 12
  • LC Nani 6
  • JB Hernandez 6
  • D Welbeck 4
  • A Young 2
  • OL Anderson 2
  • R Giggs 1
  • M Carrick 1
  • D Fletcher 1
  • J Park 1
  • D Berbatov 1
  • C Smalling 1
  • P Jones 1

Wigan

  • F Di Santo 4
  • M Diame 2
  • J Gomez 2
  • G Caldwell 1
  • AD Crusat 1
  • B Watson 1
  • V Moses 1

Goals

Man Utd

    • Total goals 56
    • Goals per game 42
  • 4 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Wigan

    • Total goals 29
    • Goals per game 15
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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