Saturday September 15, 2012 Day 4 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 4 - 0 Wigan Athletic

  • Scholes 51’
  • Hernández 63’
  • Büttner 66’
  • Powell 82’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Wigan Athletic
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' The full-time whistle goes at Old Trafford, and Manchester United have thrashed Wigan Athletic 4-0 with all four goals coming in a quite brilliant second half display. The goals came from Scholes, Hernandez, Buttner and Powell. Thanks for your company, and get in touch to let me know your thoughts from the game - on Twitter @Dan_Eurosport
    • 90+2' Martinez is not at all happy as he stands, arms crossed, on the touchline. There are just a few seconds left of this match, and he will be grateful for that.
    • 90+1' Welbeck forces the referee to bring out the yellow card once more as he lunges into Di Santo.
    • 90' Three minutes will be added as Powell carves down Ramis, but the referee will not produce a card here.
    • 89' United are having no problems at all now as Buttner rampages down the left once more and delivers a fine cross into the box, but van Persie cannot quite get on the end of it.
    • 88' Figueroa and Nani have been very petulantly getting at each other all game, and the Wigan defender makes a poor challenge on him.
    • 87' Welbeck surges down the left once more, but this time he cannot make an impact from a forward position.
    • 86' Van Persie picks up the ball on the edge of the box, and he fires a low shot just wide of the far post. Wigan are dying for this match to end!
    • 85' It's all United as Powell and van Persie combine to good effect, and Wigan are all at sea at the moment.
    • 83' What a moment for sub Nick Powell, who scores just 10 minutes into his Premier League debut. A clean, crisp strike from the teenager - Scholes-esque.
    • 82' GOAL! POWELL SCORES UNITED'S FOURTH!
    • 80' Wigan keep the ball at the back with some patient possession, and the visitors are building without looking dangerous.
    • 79' Van Persie finds Nani, who turns on the edge of the box, but his shot is a poor one and the ball drifts wide.
    • 78' Wigan have not looked as potent on the break after Maloney was withdrawn, and United are very comfortable.
    • 76' United break from deep as Powell releases van Persie, but Ramis sweeps up with an impeccable challenge.
    • 75' Wigan enjoy a good period of possession, but United are content to sit deep now and play out this match.
    • 74' Robin van Persie has scored four goals from just six shots on target so far for Manchester United. The Dutchman has netted 52 goals in his last 58 Premier League games.
    • 73' Van Persie misses from close range as Nani forces his way down the right once more and cuts the ball back, but the Dutchman gets his feet tangled up and fails to convert from the six-yard box as Al Habsi swoops to gather.
    • 71' Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are taken off, and on comes van Persie and 18-year-old Nick Powell.
    • 69' There is another huge roar from the home fans as Robin van Persie warms up down the touchline.
    • 68' Martinez's response is to haul off Beausejour, and introduce winger David Jones.
    • 67' It's game over now as Buttner rampages down the left and brushes past Boyce and Ramis before driving a low shot past Al Habsi! What a goal from the debutant!
    • 66' GOAL! BUTTNER GETS ON THE SCORESHEET!
    • 65' United are rampant now, and the hosts are all over Wigan.
    • 64' Welbeck wins the ball back for United in the Wigan box, before Buttner's shot is turned past Al Habsi by Hernandez, who is played onside as he steals in!
    • 63' HERNANDEZ MAKES IT TWO FOR UNITED!
    • 62' Welbeck wins the ball back for United from his own half, and surges forward with the ball before finding Nani, who wins a corner.
    • 61' Incidentally, that was Scholes's 155th goal for United in his 700th appearance!
    • 59' It's Shaun Maloney who makes way for Gomez, and Martinez looks to inspire a fightback.
    • 58' Jordi Gomez is about to come on for Wigan, and Martinez is going to make a change...
    • 57' Ferguson is absolutely furious as Caldwell is not shown the yellow card for a mistimed challenge on Welbeck, and he was fortunate there.
    • 56' Scholes and McCarthy trade poor challenges in midfield, and referee Michael Oliver gives both a stern ticking off.
    • 54' Just seconds later, Nani roars down the right once more and cuts the ball back for Welbeck, whose first touch leaves him with his back to goal, and his inventive overhead kick just drifts the wrong side of the far post.
    • 53' On his 700th appearance for United, Scholes marks the occasion with a tap in from the six-yard box after a fine cross from Nani which Al Habsi can only parry to the midfielder!
    • 52' GOAL! SCHOLES SCORES FOR UNITED!
    • 51' Nani wins a corner with some fine footwork out on the right byline, and he will float this into the box.
    • 50' Giggs delivers a very deep free kick from the left to the back post, but Hernandez cannot head it back into the path of any of his team-mates waiting inside the box.
    • 49' Boyce gets himself booked with a very unnecessary challenge on halfway, and he can have no complaints - the second yellow card of the game.
    • 48' Beausejour continues to look very dangerous down the left for Wigan as he flies down the flank and whips over a very fine ball which evades everyone in the box.
    • 47' Wigan keep the ball patiently in their own half to settle once more, and Kone is already stretching the United back four with his pace.
    • 46' Well, thanks for all your responses. The second half is now under way, and neither manager has made any changes at the break, so it's as you were for both sides...
    • - @TheJoeSawaya thinks Ferguson should keep things the way they are and introduce Kagawa and RvP on the hour mark, while @_JakeWade_ believes United need their Dutch gamechanger on straight away for the start of the second half. @Aziziamirlah reckons Kagawa should be on now with RvP on in the 7th minute. What do others think?
    • - What did you make of that first half? Do you think United should introduce Kagawa and van Persie straight away, or keep things as they are? What are your predictions for full-time? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter @Dan_Eurosport
    • 45+2' Half-time! It's goalless at Old Trafford, and United have edged the possession with 56 per cent of the ball. The hosts have also missed a penalty, with Javier Hernandez's tame effort saved by Ali Al Habsi, although there was little or no contact from the keeper on Danny Welbeck in the first place.
    • 45+1' Buttner clatters into Kone, and he can have no complaints about being shown the yellow card. It was a reckless challenge.
    • 45' Two minutes will be added at the end of this first half, as Welbeck receives treatment on the touchline.
    • 44' Welbeck goes down inside the Wigan half, and he slowly gets to his feet rather gingerly. All eyes on van Persie, once more...
    • 42' United, with the exception of the penalty, have not had the best of this first half, with Wigan missing a few big chances with Ramis and Kone left to rue their efforts.
    • 41' What a chance for Kone! Wigan break at pace and Beausejour whips over a quite magnificent cross from the left which evades Ferdinand, but Kone fluffs his shot at the back post!
    • 39' Hernandez has been pretty subdued so far this afternoon, and that penalty miss will not have helped. Welbeck remains the main threat.
    • 38' STAT: Man Utd have conceded more headed goals than any other team in the Premier League this season (3).
    • 37' United continue to press forward relentlessly from halfway, and Giggs is the driving force at the moment as he looks to inspire his side.
    • 36' Beausejour flies down the left at pace once more, and he's looking very good indeed from full back. He wins a corner for his side.
    • 35' Kone is furious with the referee as he and Ferdinand jostle for the ball, and again it goes the way of the hosts.
    • 34' Nani zips in behind the Wigan defence with a fine run, but he tries to be too clever as he chips over the bar, not testing Al Habsi.
    • 33' Beausejour feels hard done by as he and Rafael tumble over deep inside the United half, and the decision goes the Brazilian's way.
    • 32' The home fans begin to get a little frustrated with Wigan's possession, and Scholes fouls Maloney with a typically shoddy challenge!
    • 31' Wigan continue to stroke the ball around, this time at the back in their own half. United are sitting off and allowing them to keep it for now.
    • 29' Wigan keep the ball very effectively as the visitors enjoy a good period of possession in the United half.
    • 28' Ramis and Caldwell are among those who come up for the corner as Wigan end up taking it short, and the set piece is rather wasted as Maloney overhits his cross.
    • 27' United continue to dominate the possession, but Wigan are looking dangerous on the break with the pace of Kone and the movement of Di Santo.
    • 26' Wigan have failed to score in eight of the last 10 league games against Man Utd.
    • 25' Boyce evades two challenges, from Giggs and Buttner, before shooting into the side netting! It's an encouraging foray from the defender.
    • 24' Kone and Di Santo are working extremely hard to close down the United back four, and the pair are impressing early on.
    • 23' Welbeck heads over at the other end as a cross comes over from Carrick, and the forward should have hit the target there - it soars over.
    • 22' Ivan Ramis rises above Ferdinand to head narrowly wide of the far post from a corner, and Lindegaard would not have prevented a goal there as the ball drifts just past the woodwork!
    • 21' Scholes lunges in as Maloney takes the ball forward, and he has to be careful - his tackling is always dubious, and that was only just acceptable.
    • 20' The home fans are in full voice now as Giggs whips over a second corner in successive minutes, but Wigan manage to clear under pressure.
    • 19' The referee stops a corner to give Hernandez a ticking off as he jostles with Al Habsi inside the Wigan box.
    • 18' United win a corner as Caldwell concedes it, lunging in to turn a Welbeck shot behind.
    • 17' Scholes is dictating affairs from the midfield, and he finds Welbeck once more, who continues to cause havoc with his pace and direct approach.
    • 16' What an effort from Welbeck, who swivels and shoots crisply, agonisingly wide of the far post with Al Habsi left flat-footed! Wigan were caught out there.
    • 15' Wigan have lost just two of their last nine Premier League games (W6 D1 L2).
    • 14' Caldwell fouls Hernandez as he gets a bit too tight to the Mexican forward, but Martinez is still happy with his side's start to this match.
    • 13' What a challenge from Figueroa! Welbeck again gets in behind the Wigan back four with his pace taking him clear, but Figueroa slides in late to make a fine intervention.
    • 12' Nani takes the ball infield from the right, and Scholes then sprays the ball wide to Buttner, who is playing pretty far up the field.
    • 11' United had won all 14 meetings in all competitions with Wigan prior to their defeat in April last season, and they have started very positively this afternoon.
    • 10' Rafael is seeing a lot of the ball out on the right for United, but Maloney is ensuring that he cannot press too far up the field.
    • 9' Al Habsi punts a long ball upfield as Wigan press the United back four, but debutant Buttner is able to bring the ball forward.
    • 8' STAT: Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have won 36 and lost just two of their last 41 Premier League games at Old Trafford and have dropped just two of the last 30 points available on home soil.
    • 7' Referee Michael Oliver was very quick to point to the spot, and replays show that there was little or no contact from Al Habsi as Welbeck tumbled over.
    • 6' United break forward through Welbeck once more, but this time he is crowded out successfully by Ramis, Caldwell and Boyce.
    • 5' SAVED! Hernandez plants a dismal penalty to his right, and there's very little power on the effort as Al Habsi makes a fine save. Justice is done, or so Wigan will certainly feel.
    • 4' Penalty! Danny Welbeck storms forward and takes a dramatic fall as Ali Al Habsi closes him down, and there does not look to be any contact at all! The referee points to the spot, and Wigan are furious...
    • 3' Meanwhile, Ryan Giggs becomes the first player to feature in 600 Premier League games, and he gets on the ball early on as he drops deep.
    • 2' It's a landmark day for Paul Scholes, who is making his 700th appearance for United. He gets on the ball early on at the base of the midfield.
    • 1' The first half is underway, and United immediately stroke the ball around at the back. Wigan are already sitting very deep indeed, which is to be expected.
    • 14:55 We are just five minutes from kick off now, and Sir Alex is busy shaking hands with half the stand behind his dugout as he takes his position. The players are out already, and we're about to get underway...
    • 14:50 The big news from Loftus Road is that Anton Ferdinand snubbed both John Terry and Ashley Cole in the pre-match handshakes... if you are remotely interested. Anyway, on to more important matters of actual football at Old Trafford.
    • 14:45 Kagawa pulled out of Japan's home World Cup qualifier against Iraq on Tuesday just an hour before kick-off, while van Persie hobbled off at half-time for the Netherlands. Both are on the bench this afternoon. /// @WAdhipE says "Why, oh why, would you bench RvP and Kagawa when he said they were both fit..."
    • 14:40 Match odds: Manchester United (3/10), Wigan (14/1), Draw (21/4) - What is your prediction for today's scoreline at Old Trafford? Get in touch with your views and forecasts...
    • 14:35 The referee for this afternoon's clash Michael Oliver. /// @DaveyCraddock has got in touch to say that Ferguson may regret being so conservative, leaving van Persie and Kagawa on the bench. What do other people think about today's line-ups?
    • 14:30 Midfielder Darren Fletcher, who has been out for nearly a year with a chronic bowel condition, was included in Manchester United's squad, which delighted his team-mates and Ferguson. "Darren's in the squad tomorrow, simply because I think it will give him a boost. It's a chance to progress. At this moment in time everything's going fine for him," Fergie said. Full story
    • 14:25 Martinez: "Old Trafford has been a really difficult place for us to perform and be ourselves. We're looking at seven visits, 24 goals conceded and only one goal scored from a dead-ball situation. The last game against United we got a well deserved win. It wasn't an accident, it was a well deserved performance and even though we know going to Old Trafford will be very different, it is a challenge that we look forward to.
    • 14:20 What do you make of the two teams? Despite Ferguson's insistence that he did not suffer any injury blows during the international break, van Persie and Kagawa miss out today. Get in touch with me on Twitter...
    • 14:15 Manchester United: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Buttner, Nani, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Hernandez, Welbeck. Subs: De Gea, Evans, Valencia, van Persie, Cleverley, Powell, Kagawa /// Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Maloney, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Crusat, Watson, Gomez, Boselli, Miyaichi
    • 14:10 United are currently fifth after three games, having won two and drawn one, but Ferguson is already very concerned with his side's defence. Wigan, meanwhile, find themselves in ninth spot with four points on the board. Premier League table
    • 14:05 Sir Alex Ferguson has demanded that Manchester United stop conceding the soft goals that are threatening to derail their Barclays Premier League title bid. United entertain Wigan looking to record their third successive victory. Yet they do so only after being given two massive scares by Fulham and Southampton, who both came close to snatching points off Ferguson's team. Read Fergie's quotes in full
    • 14:00 Welcome to live text coverage of Manchester United's Premier League clash with Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford.
  • Summary

    • 82' GOAL! POWELL SCORES UNITED'S FOURTH!
    • 66' GOAL! BUTTNER GETS ON THE SCORESHEET!
    • 63' HERNANDEZ MAKES IT TWO FOR UNITED!
    • 52' GOAL! SCHOLES SCORES FOR UNITED!
    • 41' What a chance for Kone! Wigan break at pace and Beausejour whips over a quite magnificent cross from the left which evades Ferdinand, but Kone fluffs his shot at the back post!
    • 22' Ivan Ramis rises above Ferdinand to head narrowly wide of the far post from a corner, and Lindegaard would not have prevented a goal there as the ball drifts just past the woodwork!
    • 16' What an effort from Welbeck, who swivels and shoots crisply, agonisingly wide of the far post with Al Habsi left flat-footed! Wigan were caught out there.
    • 13' What a challenge from Figueroa! Welbeck again gets in behind the Wigan back four with his pace taking him clear, but Figueroa slides in late to make a fine intervention.
    • 5' SAVED! Hernandez plants a dismal penalty to his right, and there's very little power on the effort as Al Habsi makes a fine save. Justice is done, or so Wigan will certainly feel.
    • 4' Penalty! Danny Welbeck storms forward and takes a dramatic fall as Ali Al Habsi closes him down, and there does not look to be any contact at all! The referee points to the spot, and Wigan are furious...
    • 14:15 Manchester United: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Buttner, Nani, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Hernandez, Welbeck. Subs: De Gea, Evans, Valencia, van Persie, Cleverley, Powell, Kagawa /// Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Maloney, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Crusat, Watson, Gomez, Boselli, Miyaichi
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