Wednesday April 11, 2012 Day 33 Finished DW Stadium

  1. Wigan stun United to boost City title hopes

    Wigan stun United to boost City title hopes

    Shaun Maloney fired a superb winner as Wigan breathed new life into the Premier League title race with a 1-0 win over Manchester United. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Wigan Athletic
    • Manchester United
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with tonight's other Premier League games, from 00:01 on Thursday morning (UK only).
    • 90+5' There goes the final whistle! United are beaten. Wigan complete a famous 1-0 win over the English champions. Title back in the melting pot.
    • 90+5' Nani can't control the box in the home half. A throw-in to Wigan deep in their own half.
    • 90+3' Ball comes off Carrick's header and there is going to be a corner to Wigan, who are set to complete a famous win here.
    • 90+2' Welbeck has been caught offside. United have won eight straight matches, unbeaten in 12..all that looks like ending here.
    • 90+1' Martinez telling people to calm down at the side of the pitch. Valencia fouls Beausejour. Four more minutes to be added.
    • 90' Jones fails to latch onto a high ball as the scoreboard goes up to confirm those five minutes of added time in this match.
    • 89' Going to be FIVE minutes added to this contest. Time yet for United to recover.
    • 88' Carrick tries his luck from distance, but that is a miserable effort at goal. Well wide of the goal.
    • 87' A late frantic few moments at the DW Stadium. United on the ball. Wigan with 11 men behind the ball in their own half.
    • 86' Evans manages to crowd out Moses. Strong play by the defender.
    • 85' The title race is back on here with Man City four goals ahead of West Brom. Gap would be down to five points.
    • 84' Sammon with a late challenge on Evans. United on the ball.
    • 83' Jones has been booked for that late challenge. Meanwhile, Figueroa is in need of a spot of treatment.
    • 82' Diame and Evra collide going for the same ball. Jones then collides with Figueroa. Play is halted.
    • 81' Suddenly United threaten as Al Habsi is forced to dive low to his right to palm out a stinging attempt by Welbeck.
    • 80' Beausejour guilty of fouling Cleverley. Silly late tackle by the Wigan man.
    • 79' Diame slides the ball into the path of Moses after a superb run by Sammon. Moses hammers a shot wide of goal. Wigan should be 2-0 clear.
    • 78' De Gea gets down to make a crucial stop from Moses's shot. Fine save. Almost a 2-0 lead for Wigan.
    • 77' Ferguson suddenly out on his touchline with the finger pointing. Has been a pretty forgettable evening for United, but they would take a draw the way this is going.
    • 76' Jones is hobbling. Back on his feet before he ends up thrashing an effort miles over the bar from distance.
    • 75' Maloney given a huge ovation as he departed. Meanwhile, Jones is down on the deck and in need of some treatment.
    • 74' Maloney departs to be replaced by Connor Sammon.
    • 73' Connor Sammon chatting to Martinez at the side of the pitch.
    • 72' Wigan have kept a clean sheet in only five of their previous 32 Premier League matches this season.
    • 71' Jones's cross seemed to hit the hand of Figueroa, but the referee didn't want to know.
    • 70' Appeals for a handball against Figueroa in the home box, but nothing doing.
    • 69' Giggs with a dipping corner-kick, but Al Habsi comes out to punch the ball clear.
    • 68' Nani floats the free-kick in. Wigan can't clear before Valencia knocks the ball off Maloney for a corner.
    • 67' Di Santo departs for Wigan to be replaced by Diame.
    • 66' Welbeck is taken out of the game late. United have a free-kick in the home half. Change coming here for Wigan.
    • 65' Al Habsi comes out to collect a cross ball. Really disappointing stuff from United in this second period.
    • 64' Manchester United have failed to score once in their previous 32 Premier League matches this season. Will they fail to net tonight?
    • 63' That is a shock decision, but Ferguson obviously not happy with what he is seeing out there. And no wonder.
    • 62' United going to make a change here as Rooney departs to be replaced Nani.
    • 61' Valencia and Jones keeping the ball well. United trying to build up a head of steam.
    • 60' Wigan will move out of the bottom three with a win here.
    • 59' Wigan keeping the ball at the back. Nice play by the home side. Have really knocked it about well tonight.
    • 58' Wigan have now ended a run of over nine hours without a Premier League goal against Manchester United.
    • 57' Maloney down on the deck after taking a tumble. Late challenge by Evans, who has already been booked.
    • 56' Hernandez departs to be replaced by Welbeck. Has been a flat performance by the leage leaders so far.
    • 55' Wigan working so hard to close down space. Moses takes a tumble under pressure from Evra.
    • 54' Manchester United have failed to win any of their previous five Premier League matches this season when conceding the opening goal.
    • 53' Boyce and Di Santo on the run. Evans comes across to win the ball. Maloney really enjoying his evening.
    • 52' Shaun Maloney scored his seventh career Premier League goal, and only his second ever in a home match. He also scored for Wigan at Liverpool on March 24.
    • 51' Rooney wallops the ball over the bar from distance. Worth a bash, but never got over the shot.
    • 50' Wigan are well worthy of this lead. United all over the place at that corner as Rooney failed to get out quickly enough to close down the space.
    • 49' GOAL! Maloney curls a brilliant shot home from distance. Superb effort from the edge of the box. Wigan have the lead here.
    • 48' A change for United as Cleverley replaces Ashley Young.
    • 47' Valencia and Maloney collide going for the same ball. Wigan again on the front foot at the outset of this second period.
    • 46' We are off and running in this second period. Huge second half for both clubs.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. Wigan have been the better side in the first period, but no goals. 0-0 at the break.
    • 44' Going to be a minute added to this half.
    • 43' Rooney tries a swerving effort from distance, but sees the ball spin wide of the home goal. A goalkick to Wigan.
    • 42' Martinez demanding his side keep the ball in the closing moments of this half, but United have it at the moment.
    • 41' Rooney tries to create some space, but this time Maloney does the clearing work for Wigan. All hands to the pump at the moment for the home side.
    • 40' United keeping the ball well. Wigan forced to sit deep as Caldwell comes across to smash the ball away from Hernandez.
    • 39' McArthur sends Boyce racing clear, but Young is back to win the ball for United. Game has calmed down a bit after a frantic start to the contest.
    • 38' Di Santo tries to get the better of Evra but succeeds only in crossing the ball out of play.
    • 37' A clumsy challenge from behind by Jones on Di Santo. Wigan continue to carry the game to the visiting side here.
    • 36' With Manchester City holding a 1-0 lead over West Bromwich Albion, United's lead would be down to six points with a draw here.
    • 35' Manchester United have not conceded in the first half of their last eight Premier League matches, since they were 1-0 down at half time in their 3-3 draw at Chelsea on February 5.
    • 34' Young tries to bring the ball away for United, but McArthur is across to make a fine tacke on the visiting forward.
    • 33' Martinez speaking to the fourth official. He is clearly unhappy with what went on there at that goal.
    • 32' Man Utd have the best away record in the Premier League with 39 points, already 14 points more than they picked up on the road in 2010-11. Getting a tough ride so far tonight.
    • 31' Looked to be the right call by the linesman as Caldwell was blocking De Gea on the line. Depends how you want to read it right enough.
    • 30' Moses sees a goal ruled out for a foul by Caldwell on De Gea. Moses headed home from Maloney's corner.
    • 29' Moses fires a shot at goal after beating Evans, but Ferdinand makes the block. Fine defending.
    • 28' Boyce can't keep the ball in play. Meanwhile, Ferguson is wanting to speak to Rooney. Quick chat about what he is wanting from his leading man.
    • 27' Figueroa throws a long ball into the area, but nobody is on the end of that pass. A goalkick to the visiting side.
    • 26' Could have had one but Moses can't control the ball on the run from Di Santo's pass before he is caught offside seconds later.
    • 25' Roberto Martinez’s side have scored just six goals in their last 10 Premier League games at the DW Stadium. Would dearly love one here.
    • 24' Beausejour sends the free-kick into the area. Overhits the free-kick as the ball flies out of play for a goalkick to United.
    • 23' Rooney then late on McArthur. Wigan certainly scrapping hard here. They have a free-kick inside the United half.
    • 22' Di Santo also booked by Dowd for suggesting that Evans had to be booked. Another silly booking.
    • 21' Evans brings down Di Santo and Phil Dowd produces his first yellow card of the night. Silly foul by Evans.
    • 20' Ferguson doesn't look overly pleased with what is going on out there. United back on the ball here.
    • 19' Figueroa slams a shot well over the bar from distance. Fancied his chances, but the ball was always clearing the bar as he leaned back before letting fly.
    • 18' Giggs with the ball to the back post. Met by Jones, but his header flies over the bar for a goalkick to Wigan.
    • 17' Lovely play by Carrick to pick out Giggs before his attempted pass is blocked. Corner to the visiting side.
    • 16' Giggs brings down Di Santo. Boyce and McArthur collect the loose ball before Hernandez collects for United.
    • 15' Valencia caught offside as Al Habsi comes out to collect. Paul Scholes looks on from the sidelines.
    • 14' McArthur nudges Rooney to the deck. United on the ball at the halfway line.
    • 13' Alcarez on the run for Wigan. Maloney looking lively. Lovely cross, but Ferdinand heads out. Maloney really in the mood for the home side.
    • 12' Sir Alex Ferguson chewing on a piece of gum with some intent here. Martinez doing likewise in the other technical area.
    • 11' Caldwell forced to block a shot by Hernandez. United slowly but surely starting to find their feet here.
    • 10' Wigan’s win over Stoke ended a run of 13 Premier League games at the DW Stadium without a victory for the Latics.
    • 9' Caldwell makes a brilliant tackle on Hernandez. Superb piece of defending there. Game raging from end to end at the moment.
    • 8' De Gea forced to punch clear Maloney's corner before Beausejour slams an effort wide of the goal.
    • 7' Maloney slides the ball to McCarthy who hammers a shot at goal. Brilliant stop by De Gea, who tips the ball over the bar. Corner to Wigan.
    • 6' Moses runs the ball out of play. Ferdinand and Jones forced to block the cross before Wigan win another corner seconds later.
    • 5' Beausejour tries to pick out Di Santo, but Carrick dashes back to hammer the ball clear.
    • 4' Valencia brings down Jean Beausejour, whose free-kick is then headed out by Evans. Bright start by the home side here.
    • 3' Maloney's free-kick is charged down by the wall. Ball breaks to McArthur, but his effort is then blocked.
    • 2' Carrick brings down Maloney and Wigan have a free-kick on the edge of the United box.
    • 1' We are off and running at the outset of the first period.
    • 19.40 United and Wigan come out for this match. Pitch in a lovely condition for this match.
    • 19.35 United have won all 14 matches in all competitions against Wigan. The Latics have failed to score in eight of their last nine Premier League games against the Red Devils, including the last five in a row.
    • 19.30 MATCH ODDS: Wigan (17/2), Manchester United (2/5), Draw (4/1)
    • 19.25 Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) on a team bonding trip to St Andrews: "They've done well, the lads. The little trip we had to St Andrews was fantastic. I didn't play and I'm glad because there are some bandits at our club. There's no chance you can win. The players loved it. On the Friday about half a dozen of them had nine holes. It helped with the unity of the players - it was a good moment for us. It makes you realise when players stay together, they become a team very easily."
    • 19.20 Roberto Martinez (Wigan): "The performances we have had at Anfield and Stamford Bridge this season have got rid of that block. Against Manchester United you have to be perfect and we know now we can be perfect against these sides. Mentally we are ready for that. We have been able to play at a very good standard in the last nine games and that is what pleases me most. That shows the group is ready to compete against anyone. We are now facing the champions and the team most in form in the league."
    • 19.15 United make three changes to his side. Javier Hernandez comes in for Danny Welbeck with Phil Jones and Ryan Giggs back as Rafael and Paul Scholes drop out of the squad.
    • 19.10 Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega (knee) does not return. The Colombian, who has been out for the past month, is making good progress but next Monday's trip to Arsenal is thought to be a more realistic target. Fellow forward Victor Moses is fit after suffering a slight knock at Chelsea on Saturday while midfielder David Jones is also close to match fitness but doesn't make the squad.
    • 19.05 TEAMS: Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Moses, Di Santo, Maloney..subs: Pollitt, Crusat, Ben Watson, Gomez, Sammon, Diame, Stam////Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Young, Rooney, Hernandez..subs: Amos, Smalling, Park, Nani, Welbeck, Cleverley, Pogba////Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
    • 19.00 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Wigan against Manchester United from the DW Stadium. United looking to maintain their eight-point lead over Wigan at the top of the Premier League.
  • Summary

    • 81' Suddenly United threaten as Al Habsi is forced to dive low to his right to palm out a stinging attempt by Welbeck.
    • 79' Diame slides the ball into the path of Moses after a superb run by Sammon. Moses hammers a shot wide of goal. Wigan should be 2-0 clear.
    • 78' De Gea gets down to make a crucial stop from Moses's shot. Fine save. Almost a 2-0 lead for Wigan.
    • 49' GOAL! Maloney curls a brilliant shot home from distance. Superb effort from the edge of the box. Wigan have the lead here.
    • 30' Moses sees a goal ruled out for a foul by Caldwell on De Gea. Moses headed home from Maloney's corner.
    • 7' Maloney slides the ball to McCarthy who hammers a shot at goal. Brilliant stop by De Gea, who tips the ball over the bar. Corner to Wigan.
    • 19.05 TEAMS: Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Moses, Di Santo, Maloney..subs: Pollitt, Crusat, Ben Watson, Gomez, Sammon, Diame, Stam////Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Young, Rooney, Hernandez..subs: Amos, Smalling, Park, Nani, Welbeck, Cleverley, Pogba////Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7.5 7
      Defenders
      7.1 7
      7.4 7
      7.6 7
      Midfielders
      7.2 7
      7.2 7
      7.3 7
      7.4 7
      Strikers
      7.7 7
      Goal Substitution Out77′ 7.7 8
      Yellow Card Substitution Out70′ 7 6
      Subs
      Substitution In70′ 9.3 6
      Substitution In77′ 9.1 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      5.9 6
      Defenders
      Yellow Card 3.9 5
      Yellow Card 4.6 5
      4.7 5
      5.1 6
      Midfielders
      4.2 5
      4.3 5
      6.4 5
      Substitution Out45′ 4.8 4
      Strikers
      Substitution Out58′ 4.8 4
      Substitution Out65′ 5.7 4
      Subs
      Substitution In58′ 3.9 5
      Substitution In45′ 4 5
      Substitution In65′ 3.8 6