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Wigan   0 - 5   Man Utd

Michael Owen celebrates his first Manchester United goal
Owen celebrates after scoring his first goal since 10 January

By Chris Bevan

Michael Owen scored his first goal for Manchester United as they bounced back from their defeat at Burnley to thump Wigan with a flurry of late goals.

United had been frustrated until Wayne Rooney headed home Antonio Valencia's cross for his 100th goal for the club.

A neat move soon saw Dimitar Berbatov make it 2-0 and Rooney's shot deflected in off Mario Melchiot to add a third.

Owen came off the bench to score number four with a clipped finish and Nani's curling free-kick completed the rout.

For all three of his senior strikers to find the net will give United boss Sir Alex Ferguson much satisfaction in wake of the criticism that followed Wednesday's shock loss at Turf Moor.

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This ended up being the emphatic win that Ferguson needed to kick-start his side's season following their unconvincing early form, particularly in the final third of the pitch.

But the final scoreline should not mask United's earlier deficiencies in front of goal and a better team than Wigan would have punished the champions for their failure to take their numerous first-half chances.

The first of those came after four minutes when Berbatov fed the overlapping Nani, who cut the ball back perfectly into Darren Fletcher's path but, with Chris Kirkland beaten, the Scot's first-time shot was brilliantly blocked on the line by Titus Bramble.

Paul Scholes then blasted over when well-placed on the edge of the area and Berbatov had a close-range header saved before the industrious Rooney saw one effort deflected wide and another fly straight at Kirkland after working space for the shot.

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United, who had made seven changes from the side that were embarrassed by the Clarets, should have been out of sight but instead they almost fell behind, with only a superb stop by Ben Foster keeping out a curler from Jason Koumas that was heading for the top corner.

And, although the visitors were back on top before the interval, a goal continued to elude them.

It looked as though Rooney would surely score when he lost Bramble and latched on to a hoisted pass from Jonny Evans but his drilled shot was kept out by Kirkland's leg.

And Bramble redeemed himself for that error when he timed his tackle to perfection to scoop the ball away from Berbatov as the Bulgarian shaped to shoot.

It was the Latics who came closest to scoring at the start of the second half, when Paul Scharner's deflected header flew inches wide.

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But United continued to attack with the greater intent and finally got their reward after 56 minutes when Valencia crossed from the right and Rooney beat Bramble to nod into the top corner.

That brought up the century of United strikes for the 23-year-old England international, who has been at Old Trafford for almost five years, and, after getting the breakthrough they so desperately needed, Ferguson's men did not look back.

After Foster made another impressive save to claw away Hugo Rodallega's looping header, the visitors scored two more goals in quick succession to take complete control of the match.

Berbatov raced on to Fletcher's flick to push the ball over the onrushing Kirkland and slot home the bouncing ball.

Then Rooney picked up the ball on the left-hand side of the area and fired in a low shot that deflected off Melchiot and span past the helpless Kirkland.

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Wigan, understandably, were shell-shocked and never looked like finding a way back into the game.

United came forward looking to extend their lead and it was Owen who was next to find the target, meeting Nani's through-ball and lifting the ball over Kirkland with a vintage finish.

It was Owen's first competitive goal since 10 January and, after his missed chances in both of United's opening games, will give him the confidence boost he needs after a difficult start to his time at Old Trafford.

Now the goals were flowing, United were not finished yet and Nani had the final word with a brilliant stoppage-time free-kick that he curled over the wall and into the bottom corner.

The result was harsh on Wigan, who had competed well for most of the first hour, but it means United go into next weekend's clash with in-form Arsenal again looking like a side who are chasing a fourth successive Premier League title.

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Saturday, 22 August 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wigan 0-5 Man Utd FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Rooney 56
    • Berbatov 58
    • Rooney 65
    • Owen 85
    • Nani 90+2

    Wigan

    Substitutes

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    Ref: WebbAtt: 18,164
    WIGAN
    MAN UTD

    Possession

    • Wigan 48%
    • Man Utd 52%

    Attempts on target

    • Wigan 7
    • Man Utd 13

    Attempts off target

    • Wigan 9
    • Man Utd 3

    Corners

    • Wigan 3
    • Man Utd 5

    Fouls

    • Wigan 12
    • Man Utd 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:48 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+1:49 GOAL - Luis NaniWigan 0 - 5 Man Utd Luis Nani scores a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wigan 0-5 Man Utd.
    • 90:00+0:57 Booking Paul Scharner goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+0:49 Unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov by Paul Scharner results in a free kick.
    • 88:50 Antonio Valencia fouled by Maynor Figueroa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Luis Nani.
    • 86:49 Corner taken right-footed by Scott Sinclair to the near post, clearance made by Darron Gibson.
    • 86:36 Shot from 12 yards from Scott Sinclair. Ben Foster makes a save.
    • 86:13 A cross is delivered by Scott Sinclair, Darron Gibson makes a clearance.
    • 84:40 Assist on the goal came from Luis Nani.
    • 84:40 GOAL - Michael OwenWigan 0 - 4 Man Utd Michael Owen fires in a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 0-4 Man Utd.
    • 83:23 The ball is swung over by Dimitar Berbatov.
    • 82:51 The ball is delivered by Mario Melchiot, Darren Fletcher manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:43 Scott Sinclair crosses the ball, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:59 Drilled left-footed shot by Darron Gibson. Chris Kirkland makes a save.
    • 81:42 Luis Nani decides to take a short corner.
    • 81:36 The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, blocked by Mario Melchiot.
    • 79:26 Hendry Thomas challenges Darren Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darron Gibson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 77:50 Shot by Scott Sinclair from just outside the area goes over the net.
    • 76:29 Jason Scotland produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Save by Ben Foster.
    • 75:45 Booking Hugo Rodallega booked.
    • 75:37 Hugo Rodallega concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Foster. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:04 A cross is delivered by Hugo Rodallega, Gary Neville makes a clearance.
    • 74:14 Darron Gibson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Chris Kirkland makes a save.
    • 72:31 Substitution James McCarthy on for Mohamed Diame.
    • 72:31 Substitution Jason Scotland replaces Charles N'Zogbia.
    • 70:48 Substitution Jonathan Evans goes off and John O'Shea comes on.
    • 70:48 Substitution Paul Scholes goes off and Darron Gibson comes on.
    • 70:48 Substitution (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Michael Owen coming on for Wayne Rooney.
    • 70:48 Dimitar Berbatov fouled by Maynor Figueroa, the ref awards a free kick. Antonio Valencia takes the free kick.
    • 68:40 Shot by Jordi Gomez from 20 yards. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.
    • 67:37 Unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Darren Fletcher results in a free kick. Hendry Thomas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 64:21 Assist on the goal came from Dimitar Berbatov.
    • 64:21 GOAL - Wayne RooneyWigan 0 - 3 Man Utd Wayne Rooney finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wigan 0-3 Man Utd.
    • 61:22 Substitution Scott Sinclair comes on in place of Jason Koumas.
    • 61:22 The assistant referee flags for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Scharner.
    • 59:38 Mohamed Diame produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
    • 57:36 Assist on the goal came from Paul Scholes.
    • 57:36 GOAL - Dimitar BerbatovWigan 0 - 2 Man Utd Dimitar Berbatov gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Wigan 0-2 Man Utd.
    • 57:09 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
    • 55:23 Assist on the goal came from Antonio Valencia.
    • 55:23 GOAL - Wayne RooneyWigan 0 - 1 Man Utd Wayne Rooney grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Wigan 0-1 Man Utd.
    • 55:21 Antonio Valencia produces a cross,
    • 52:09 Outswinging corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.
    • 52:02 Antonio Valencia sends in a cross, Maynor Figueroa gets a block in.
    • 51:44 Antonio Valencia produces a cross, Mario Melchiot manages to make a clearance.
    • 50:06 Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Nani. Direct free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.
    • 48:03 Centre by Charles N'Zogbia, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Paul Scharner misses to the right of the target.
    • 48:03 Booking Patrice Evra booked.
    • 47:56 Patrice Evra challenges Charles N'Zogbia unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 47:21 Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, save made by Chris Kirkland.
    • 47:00 Hugo Rodallega has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 46:33 Jordi Gomez takes a shot.
    • 46:03 The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, Dimitar Berbatov has an effort at goal. Blocked by Titus Bramble.
    • 45:13 Luis Nani delivers the ball, save by Chris Kirkland.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:09 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+0:10 The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia, clearance made by Mohamed Diame.
    • 44:29 Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
    • 42:46 The referee gives a free kick against Paul Scholes for handball. Jordi Gomez takes the direct free kick.
    • 39:46 Jordi Gomez fouled by Darren Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Hendry Thomas from the free kick.
    • 39:12 The assistant referee flags for offside against Wayne Rooney. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
    • 38:49 A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, Maynor Figueroa manages to make a clearance.
    • 38:19 Corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jordi Gomez.
    • 38:06 Shot from 20 yards by Darren Fletcher. Titus Bramble gets a block in.
    • 37:59 The ball is delivered by Antonio Valencia, Titus Bramble manages to make a clearance.
    • 36:47 Hugo Rodallega concedes a free kick for a foul on Nemanja Vidic. Free kick taken by Gary Neville.
    • 34:39 Foul by Hugo Rodallega on Patrice Evra, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
    • 33:39 The ball is delivered by Antonio Valencia, Paul Scharner makes a clearance.
    • 32:43 The ball is delivered by Gary Neville, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
    • 31:22 Wayne Rooney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Chris Kirkland.
    • 30:35 Shot by Maynor Figueroa. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
    • 29:41 Shot from just outside the box by Jordi Gomez goes over the bar.
    • 27:57 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
    • 25:43 Corner taken by Jordi Gomez, Paul Scharner has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • 25:26 Drilled right-footed shot by Jason Koumas. Save made by Ben Foster.
    • 25:01 Antonio Valencia fouled by Maynor Figueroa, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Fletcher restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:02 Gary Neville challenges Jason Koumas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charles N'Zogbia crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Patrice Evra makes a clearance.
    • 22:15 A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Chris Kirkland.
    • 20:49 Mohamed Diame has an effort at goal from 35+ yards. Blocked by Paul Scholes.
    • 19:39 Wayne Rooney is caught offside. Hendry Thomas takes the indirect free kick.
    • 19:29 A cross is delivered by Jordi Gomez.
    • 19:06 Jordi Gomez takes a short corner.
    • 18:19 Free kick crossed left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia, Jonathan Evans makes a clearance.
    • 18:19 Booking Paul Scholes is booked.
    • 18:11 Paul Scholes challenges Jordi Gomez unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 17:15 Effort from 12 yards by Wayne Rooney. Save made by Chris Kirkland.
    • 16:43 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani played to the near post, Jordi Gomez makes a clearance.
    • Correction - 16:30 Shot by Wayne Rooney from 25 yards. Hendry Thomas gets a block in.
    • 16:30 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Hendry Thomas gets a block in.
    • 15:13 The assistant referee signals for offside against Wayne Rooney. Free kick taken by Paul Scharner.
    • 11:38 The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra.
    • 10:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Neville on Jason Koumas. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia, clearance made by Gary Neville.
    • 9:33 Maynor Figueroa crosses the ball.
    • 8:16 Darren Fletcher fouled by Hugo Rodallega, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Neville restarts play with the free kick.
    • 7:27 Paul Scholes takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 6:57 Hugo Rodallega concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Neville. Gary Neville takes the direct free kick.
    • 5:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Koumas by Darren Fletcher. Paul Scharner takes the free kick.
    • 3:54 Darren Fletcher takes a shot. Titus Bramble gets a block in.
    • 3:30 Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia. Mario Melchiot takes the free kick.
    • 1:46 The ball is sent over by Wayne Rooney, Chris Kirkland makes a save.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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    22 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

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    Arsenal 4-1 Portsmouth R
    Birmingham 0-0 Stoke R
    Hull 1-0 Bolton R
    Man City 1-0 Wolverhampton R
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    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Arsenal 2 8 6
    2 Tottenham 2 5 6
    3 Man Utd 3 5 6
    4 Chelsea 2 3 6
    5 Man City 2 3 6
    6 Sunderland 3 0 6
    7 Birmingham 3 0 4
    8 Stoke 3 -2 4
    9 Liverpool 2 3 3
    10 West Ham 1 2 3
    11 Fulham 1 1 3
    12 Burnley 2 -1 3
    13 Wolverhampton 3 -2 3
    14 Hull 3 -4 3
    15 Wigan 3 -4 3
    16 Aston Villa 1 -2 0
    17 Bolton 2 -2 0
    18 Blackburn 2 -3 0
    19 Everton 1 -5 0
    20 Portsmouth 3 -5 0

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