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  • Date:26 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:The DW Stadium
  • Attendance:18,140
  • Hernandez (16) Hernandez (73)
    Rooney (83) Da Silva (86)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92:53 +2.53

Short corner worked by Dimitar Berbatov.

90:35 +0.35

Corner taken by Wayne Rooney from the right by-line played to the near post, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

90:26 +0.26

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.

90:12 +0.12

Inswinging corner taken by Michael Carrick, clearance by Ali Al Habsi.

88:18

(Wigan) makes a substitution, with Jordi Gomez coming on for Ben Watson. James McArthur is brought on as a substitute for Charles N'Zogbia. Gary Caldwell challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.

86:11

Fabio Da Silva gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wigan 0-4 Man Utd.Darren Fletcher provided the assist for the goal.

84:29

Fabio Da Silva is brought on as a substitute for Luis Nani.

83:25

Wayne Rooney gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Wigan 0-3 Man Utd.Assist on the goal came from Dimitar Berbatov.

81:49

James McCarthy fouled by Darren Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James McCarthy.

77:23

Hugo Rodallega produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

75:50

(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Dimitar Berbatov coming on for Javier Hernandez. Darron Gibson on for Paul Scholes. Mohamed Diame fouled by Patrice Evra, the ref awards a free kick. Charles N'Zogbia takes the direct free kick.

73:51

Goal scored by Javier Hernandez from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 0-2 Man Utd.Assist by Wayne Rooney.

73:24

Franco Di Santo takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

72:51

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.

71:10

Patrice Evra challenges Mohamed Diame unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from right wing, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

68:43

Javier Hernandez challenges Antolin Alcaraz unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.

66:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Gary Caldwell. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.

65:44

Hugo Rodallega is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.

63:25

Corner from the right by-line taken by Luis Nani, Ali Al Habsi makes a clearance.

62:18

Wayne Rooney is caught offside. Antolin Alcaraz restarts play with the free kick.

59:44

Foul by Mohamed Diame on Wayne Rooney, free kick awarded. Luis Nani fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

59:27

Luis Nani takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi gets a block in.

58:18

Hugo Rodallega concedes a free kick for a foul on Nemanja Vidic. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.

56:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Javier Hernandez by Ben Watson. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.

56:12

Foul by Gary Caldwell on Javier Hernandez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Patrice Evra.

55:54

Unfair challenge on Antolin Alcaraz by Wayne Rooney results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.

55:25

Shot on goal by Victor Moses from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

54:24

Luis Nani produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

53:11

Patrice Evra delivers the ball, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.

52:43

Luis Nani takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.

50:32

Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Watson. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.

49:58

The ball is delivered by Charles N'Zogbia, Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

47:28

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson played to the near post, Luis Nani manages to make a clearance.

47:17

Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.

46:48 +1.48

Victor Moses sends in a cross.

43:34

The ball is sent over by Charles N'Zogbia, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.

42:06

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Watson, Michael Carrick manages to make a clearance.

40:42

The assistant referee flags for offside against Hugo Rodallega. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Smalling.

38:51

Unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Charles N'Zogbia results in a free kick. Paul Scholes restarts play with the free kick.

37:50

The ball is crossed by Gary Caldwell, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.

37:32

Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson from the right by-line, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.

35:13

Paul Scholes challenges James McCarthy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Watson.

33:06

Nemanja Vidic fouled by Hugo Rodallega, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.

32:21

Luis Nani has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

28:45

Effort from just inside the box by Luis Nani strikes the post.

24:43

Unfair challenge on Paul Scholes by James McCarthy results in a free kick. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.

24:06

Header from close range by Steve Gohouri misses to the right of the goal.

23:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Gohouri by Javier Hernandez. Direct free kick taken by Ben Watson.

22:44

Corner taken by Ben Watson.

21:42

Mohamed Diame delivers the ball, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.

18:32

Effort from outside the box by Hugo Rodallega goes wide right of the target.

17:39

James McCarthy takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

16:23

Goal scored by Javier Hernandez from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wigan 0-1 Man Utd.Assist by Luis Nani.

15:46

Unfair challenge on Victor Moses by John O'Shea results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.

15:09

The ball is sent over by James McCarthy.

14:22

Ben Watson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Luis Nani makes a clearance.

14:15

Victor Moses sends in a cross, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.

13:03

Short corner worked by Ben Watson.

12:49

Victor Moses takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

12:26

Hugo Rodallega gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic. Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.

11:32

The ball is swung over by Darren Fletcher, Ben Watson manages to make a clearance.

10:49

Unfair challenge on Paul Scholes by James McCarthy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.

8:37

Darren Fletcher crosses the ball.

8:02

Wayne Rooney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McCarthy. Direct free kick taken by Ben Watson.

7:37

Charles N'Zogbia produces a cross, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.

7:18

Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Luis Nani.

5:49

Charles N'Zogbia challenges Javier Hernandez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Luis Nani, save by Edwin Van der Sar.

4:57

Shot from deep inside the area by Hugo Rodallega clears the bar.

3:49

Unfair challenge on Chris Smalling by Mohamed Diame results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.

0:54

Ben Watson takes a short corner.

Match Preview

Martinez admits `mental block' Wigan boss Roberto Martinez admits his team have a mental block when it comes to playing Manchester United. The relegation-threatened Latics have not taken a point from the current Barclays Premier League leaders since they were promoted to the top flight in 2005. Their need to break that hoodoo is more urgent than ever as United visit the DW Stadium at the start of a tough run of fixtures for Martinez's side. Wigan next face Manchester City before taking on relegation rivals Birmingham and two more Champions League contenders in Tottenham and Chelsea. Martinez said: "We are not just facing the league leaders, which is a fantastic challenge, but through our history we have never taken one point from Manchester United. It is a mental block. "But last year was the first time we beat any of the 'top four' teams, and we beat three of them. "Manchester United are the only ones we have never taken anything from in the last six years. It makes it an important challenge." Wigan are in the bottom three heading into the game but the table remains tight, with just 12 points separating Sunderland in seventh from bottom side Wolves. Wolves showed their capabilities with a stunning win over United earlier this month and, while that result did Wigan no favours, Martinez takes encouragement from it. The Spaniard said: "The message is clear, don't expect favours from the outside. "It will not be like other seasons where one or two teams are in clear difficulty and cannot fight until the end. This season is going to be very different. "Teams have been performing really well of late, getting results, and are still in the bottom three. "There are so many games with the sides in the bottom 10 of the Premier League left that it is impossible to predict. "Any team can take points against anyone this year. "If you look at the bottom three now, I can see all of those three are going to get opportunities to get out of those positions. "The next 11 games are going to be really exciting for everyone." Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed John Terry's claim that Manchester United might buckle under the Premier League title pressure. United head into the clash with Wigan at the DW Stadium knowing victory would allow them to open up a 15-point advantage over the champions, who are not in action. It would effectively mean Chelsea had to win when Ferguson's team head to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday to stand any chance of retaining their crown. Little wonder Terry has tried to crank up the pressure on United this week. Yet Ferguson, the master of mind games, flicked the accusation away curtly. "You try things. We all try things," he said. "But it won't be easy to come back from that kind of points deficit. "I said some time ago, the team that is most consistent would win the league. That is why I stress that we have to keep our momentum going and get that consistency." Of the seven senior players who missed Wednesday's drab draw in Marseille, only two, Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs, are in contention to return this weekend. For Owen the news is particularly bright given the early feeling on a groin injury that forced him out of training a fortnight ago was that it could wreck his season and, effectively, his United career. Thankfully for the 30-year-old, the damage was not too bad and Ferguson has already explained why his experience could be so crucial in the final weeks of the campaign. "Michael is back training and could be available," he said.

Formation:4231Manager: Roberto Martinez

Wigan

Formation: 433Manager: Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

  • Ali Al Habsi
  • Steve Gohouri
  • Gary Caldwell
  • Antolin Alcaraz
  • Maynor Figueroa
  • Ben Watson
  • Mohamed Diame
  • Charles N'Zogbia
  • James McCarthy
  • Victor Moses
  • Hugo Rodallega
  • SUBS
  • Michael Pollitt
  • Hendry Thomas
  • Franco Di Santo
  • Steven Caldwell
  • Jordi Gomez
  • James McArthur
  • Adrian Lopez

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Match Report

United surge clear Javier Hernandez made it a lucky 13 goals for the season as Manchester United charged four points clear of Arsenal with a clinical 4-0 victory at Wigan. Sir Alex Ferguson declared on Friday that the Premier League title battle was now a straight fight between his own side and the Gunners, and with trips to Chelsea and Liverpool looming, United could not have made a better start to their week on the road. Preferred to Dimitar Berbatov, Hernandez justified the faith of his manager, turning home Nani's first-half cross before finishing Wayne Rooney's brilliant second-half throughball. Rooney and Fabio then scored in the final minutes to leave relegation-threatened Wigan thoroughly deflated at a result that did not reflect their performance. Three times Edwin van der Sar needed to make outstanding saves, whilst skipper Nemanja Vidic was a towering presence in the United defence. Ferguson often speaks of his regret at failing to land Van der Sar in 1999 when he was searching for Peter Schmeichel's replacement. At the time, the giant Dutchman was at Ajax and about to leave for Juventus. Instead, Ferguson tried a number of alternatives. Some were better than others and titles kept being won. But was not until Van der Sar arrived from Fulham in 2005 that concern about the goalkeeping position ended. This summer, Ferguson must hope for more success as Van der Sar heads off into retirement, having hit the 40-mark but still capable of producing the brilliance that has categorised his career. Two first-half saves were responsible for United having a half-time lead at the DW Stadium when they could easily have been behind. A poor back-pass from Paul Scholes presented Victor Moses with the first opportunity. Moses strode into the United box with only Van der Sar to beat. He failed, blasting his shot against his imposing opponent's chest. That was when the contest was still goalless. Within seconds of United's opener, Wigan were in again. This time Moses was the provider, drilling a low cross to the far post where the combative James McCarthy was on his own six yards out. Again, only Van der Sar stood between Wigan and the net. Once more he came out on top. That Hernandez had scored in between only added to the Latics' frustrations. The Mexican, preferred to Dimitar Berbatov, tends not to look as dangerous when starting games. He clearly knows how to find space, though. And, having once been denied by Ali Al Habsi after streaking clean through, the Mexican wriggled into enough space to steer home Nani's 17th-minute cross. It was tough luck on Wigan, who were the better side, frustrating Scholes and Rooney in particular. That Scholes avoided a booking for clattering into the back of McCarthy was a mystery to everyone but referee Mark Clattenburg. Rooney had earlier caught the midfielder on the back of the head with his elbow. The Wigan fans were incensed. Rooney pleaded his innocence. TV replays were inconclusive. Before the half had ended, Rooney had needlessly got himself involved in a shoving match with Antolin Alcaraz and still looked ill at ease in the second period even though United played with far more poise. They were forced to survive another near thing for Wigan before they took command, though. This time, Van der Sar needed agility rather than reactions to deny Maynor Figueroa. Nani came close to doubling the visitors' lead when he thrashed a fierce shot into the side-netting, not long after he had been repelled by Ali Al Habsi's firm one-handed save. Ferguson made comparisons between Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this week. United's current Portugal winger is certainly a major attacking threat and Al Habsi repelled him with the first part of a double save, when he also denied Darren Fletcher, who had been set up by Rooney. The England man may still be struggling for goals himself but he remains an excellent source of them. After failing to convert a close range header, Rooney collected Hernandez's knock-down, then fed the Mexican with a delicately weighted pass. Clean though, the Mexican found the bottom corner with ease. Victory assured, a Rooney tap-in from Berbatov's square ball, followed by Fabio's close-range finish, his first United goal, merely rubbed Wigan's noses in it at the start of an eight-day period when, one senses, the strength of their title credentials will be discovered once and for all.

Form Guide

    DLLDWD
  • Wigan
  • VS
  • Man Utd
  • DWWWLW

Last Meetings

  • 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
  • Wigan
  • 0 - 2
  • Man Utd
  • 11/05/2008

Top Scorers

Wigan

  • H Rodallega 7
  • C N'Zogbia 4
  • T Cleverley 3
  • J McCarthy 3
  • S Gohouri 1
  • AV Alcaraz 1
  • B Watson 1
  • R Stam 1
  • J Gomez 1
  • V Moses 1

Man Utd

  • D Berbatov 19
  • LC Nani 9
  • JB Hernandez 7
  • J Park 4
  • N Vidic 4
  • W Rooney 4
  • R Giggs 2
  • D Fletcher 2
  • P Scholes 1
  • M Owen 1
  • P Evra 1

Goals

Wigan

    • Total goals 72
    • Goals per game 27
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Man Utd

    • Total goals 102
    • Goals per game 57
  • 7 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 13 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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