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Wigan   0 - 4   Man Utd

Javier Hernandez scores the opening goal
Hernandez has now scored nine league goals in eight league starts for United

By Chris Whyatt

Bullish league leaders Manchester United tightened their grip on the title race after pushing aside Wigan to move four points clear of Arsenal.

Relegation-threatened Wigan shone early on but Edwin van der Sar stood solid.

Javier Hernandez cleverly clipped in rampant Nani's cross after 17 minutes as the visitors gradually took control.

Mexican striker Hernandez slotted a cool second 15 minutes from time before a Wayne Rooney tap-in, then substitute Fabio's free shot, added a late gloss.

Sir Alex Ferguson's team came into the match off the back of a disjointed goalless draw at Marseille, but added attacking cohesion to their characteristic defensive stubbornness against a Wigan team who did test them until the killer second goal from Hernandez.

And the confident display sets them up well for Tuesday's trip to Chelsea, with United now 15 points clear of the reigning champions.

Though Wigan sit second from bottom, they are not cut adrift from mid-table teams and can be hugely encouraged by their showing.

In the low Lancashire sunshine, they had United on the back foot immediately to force a succession of early corners.

The first clear opening came when Vidic uncharacteristically gave the ball away, but his recovery tackle on Charles N'Zogbia on the edge of his own area was perfect.

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Going past men with ease, Nani showed first for a United team who had Hernandez partnering Rooney as regular first-choice forward Dimitar Berbatov sat on the bench.

A frustrated-looking Rooney elicited boos after charging into James McCarthy off the ball with what looked like a forearm.

Van der Sar soon came to sloppy United's rescue after a lazy Paul Scholes error.

Victor Moses pounced on the loose ball but, one-on-one, he could only steer his shot into the broad shoulders of the 40-year-old Dutchman.

But the first bit of real class from United, in the 17th minute, gave them the lead against the run of play.

Rooney made a lung-busting burst past Nani to exchange passes on the left wing with the erratic-but-gifted Portuguese winger.

He quickly whipped a fine low cross along the box which Hernandez - exhibiting his instinctive movement - moved towards before expertly slipping the ball round Ali Al Habsi into his near post.

Wigan did not fold and soon tested Van der Sar once more as he was forced into an outstanding point-blank save from McCarthy, who had been set up by Hugo Rodallega's skilful flick.

United came within millimetres of extending their lead on the half-hour when Darren Fletcher played a smart pass inside for Rooney, who did the same for Nani.

The winger - clearly comfortable with both feet - cracked a 15-yard left-foot shot past Al Habsi, but it cannoned back off the left upright.

With Scholes a continually classy presence and Vidic blocking shots and clearing crosses like a man possessed, United just managed to keep control of a feisty match.

But Steve Gohouri and McCarthy continued to link well on the right in the second half, while Van der Sar's hands were stung yet again just after half-time as Maynor Figueroa's fine long-range shot forced a decent high stop.

Nani soon slalomed into the box, riding tackles, but his shot was saved relatively comfortably.

With United pushing for a second to give them some breathing space, Hernandez fashioned a superb pull-back which Nani and Fletcher came close to connecting with.

Moses then did the same as Hernandez for Wigan - but Rodallega fired his snapshot well over the bar under pressure from United centre-back Chris Smalling, who again ensured that the absence of Rio Ferdinand was not noticed.

Ubiquitous Nani unleashed another shot which was spilled by Al Habsi, who then saved from Fletcher after Rooney had recycled the rebound.

United were rewarded for their growing pressure in the 75th minute when Hernandez, who is proving prolific in his first season in English football, flicked a high ball on for Rooney.

Man Utd can win at Chelsea - Hernandez

The England striker, still not fully back to his best form, gave a simple return ball as Hernandez nipped through Wigan's slumbering backline to slot a clinical low finish past Al Hasbi.

Ten minutes later Darron Gibson's long pass out of defence freed substitute Berbatov, and he unselfishly squared the ball across for Rooney to side-foot into an open net.

At the death, with Wigan well beaten, Fletcher's deep floated cross was controlled at the far post by Fabio as the Brazilian full-back clipped it inside the near post with his only contribution to the match.

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Saturday, 26 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wigan 0-4 Man Utd FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Hernandez 17
    • Hernandez 74
    • Rooney 84
    • F Da Silva 87

    Wigan

    Substitutes

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 18,140
    WIGAN
    MAN UTD

    Possession

    • Wigan 40%
    • Man Utd 60%

    Attempts on target

    • Wigan 4
    • Man Utd 9

    Attempts off target

    • Wigan 6
    • Man Utd 5

    Corners

    • Wigan 8
    • Man Utd 4

    Fouls

    • Wigan 13
    • Man Utd 11
    • Final Result
    • 90:00+3:23 The referee ends the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:53 Short corner worked by Dimitar Berbatov.
    • 90:00+2:02 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 90:00+1:30 Attacking throw-in by Franco Di Santo (Wigan).
    • 90:00+1:11 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 90:00+0:50 Attacking throw-in by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd).
    • 90:00+0:35 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) to near post, clearance by Gary Caldwell (Wigan).
    • 90:00+0:26 Shot by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Gary Caldwell (Wigan).
    • 90:00+0:12 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Michael Carrick (Man Utd) to far post, clearance by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
    • 89:41 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 88:43 Foul by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) on Wayne Rooney (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Michael Carrick (Man Utd) from right channel, passed.
    • 88:43 Substitution Wigan substitution: Charles N'Zogbia replaced by James McArthur (tactical).
    • 88:18 Substitution Wigan substitution: Ben Watson replaced by Jordi Gomez (tactical).
    • 86:11 Assist (cross) by Darren Fletcher (Man Utd) from right channel.
    • 86:11 GOAL - Fabio Da SilvaWigan 0 - 4 Man Utd Goal by Fabio Da Silva (Man Utd) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Wigan 0-4 Man Utd.
    • 84:54 Defending throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 84:29 Substitution Man Utd substitution: Luis Nani replaced by Fabio Da Silva (tactical).
    • 83:25 Assist (pass) by Dimitar Berbatov (Man Utd) from right side of penalty area.
    • 83:25 GOAL - Wayne RooneyWigan 0 - 3 Man Utd Goal by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) right-footed (low centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Wigan 0-3 Man Utd.
    • 82:55 Defending throw-in by Steve Gohouri (Wigan).
    • 81:49 Foul by Darren Fletcher (Man Utd) on James McCarthy (Wigan). Free kick taken left-footed by James McCarthy (Wigan) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 80:43 Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 80:11 Defending throw-in by Steve Gohouri (Wigan).
    • 77:35 Goal kick taken long by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 77:23 Weak shot by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left.
    • 76:03 Foul by Patrice Evra (Man Utd) on Mohamed Diame (Wigan). Free kick taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan) from right wing, resulting in open play.
    • 76:03 Substitution Man Utd substitution: Paul Scholes replaced by Darron Gibson (tactical).
    • 75:50 Substitution Man Utd substitution: Javier Hernandez replaced by Dimitar Berbatov (tactical).
    • 73:51 Assist (pass) by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) from right channel.
    • 73:51 GOAL - Javier HernandezWigan 0 - 2 Man Utd Goal by Javier Hernandez (Man Utd) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Wigan 0-2 Man Utd.
    • 73:36 Goal kick taken long by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 73:24 Shot by Franco Di Santo (Wigan) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), missed right.
    • 72:51 Header by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
    • 71:10 Foul by Patrice Evra (Man Utd) on Mohamed Diame (Wigan). Free kick crossed right-footed by Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan) from right wing, clearance by Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd).
    • 69:57 Attacking throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 69:29 Cross by Steve Gohouri (Wigan), save (caught) by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 68:54 Booking Javier Hernandez (Man Utd) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • Correction - 68:43 Unfair challenge on Antolin Alcaraz by Javier Hernandez results in a free kick. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
    • 68:43 Foul by Javier Hernandez (Man Utd) on Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 66:50 Foul by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) on Patrice Evra (Man Utd). Free kick taken left-footed by Paul Scholes (Man Utd) from left wing, resulting in open play.
    • 66:19 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 65:44 Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • Correction - 63:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nemanja Vidic on Hugo Rodallega. Antolin Alcaraz restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 63:58 Substitution Victor Moses leaves the field to be replaced by Franco Di Santo.
    • 63:58 Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd) on Hugo Rodallega (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 63:58 Substitution Wigan substitution: Victor Moses replaced by Franco Di Santo (tactical).
    • 63:25 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Luis Nani (Man Utd) to centre, clearance by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
    • 62:18 Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 60:43 Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
    • 59:44 Foul by Mohamed Diame (Wigan) on Wayne Rooney (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Luis Nani (Man Utd) from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.
    • 59:35 Shot by Darren Fletcher (Man Utd) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (blocked) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
    • 59:27 Shot by Luis Nani (Man Utd) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
    • 58:45 Goal kick taken short by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 58:18 Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) on Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Scholes (Man Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 57:57 Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 56:35 Foul by Ben Watson (Wigan) on Javier Hernandez (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Scholes (Man Utd) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 56:12 Foul by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) on Javier Hernandez (Man Utd). Free kick taken left-footed by Patrice Evra (Man Utd) from left wing, resulting in open play.
    • 55:54 Foul by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) on Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan). Free kick taken left-footed by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 55:39 Goal kick taken long by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 55:25 Shot by Victor Moses (Wigan) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
    • 54:31 Goal kick taken short by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
    • 54:24 Shot by Luis Nani (Man Utd) left-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), missed right.
    • 53:46 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 53:11 Cross by Patrice Evra (Man Utd), clearance by Gary Caldwell (Wigan).
    • 52:59 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 52:43 Shot by Luis Nani (Man Utd) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
    • 52:13 Attacking throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 51:33 Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 50:32 Foul by Luis Nani (Man Utd) on Ben Watson (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 49:58 Cross by Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan), header by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (caught) by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 49:39 Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 48:45 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 47:28 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) to near post, clearance by Luis Nani (Man Utd).
    • 47:17 Shot by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (parried) by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 45:56 Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 45:11 Attacking throw-in by Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd).
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • 45:00+2:14 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:02 Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 45:00+1:48 Cross by Victor Moses (Wigan), resulting in ball out of play.
    • 45:00+0:55 Defending throw-in by Steve Gohouri (Wigan).
    • 45:00+0:31 Attacking throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 43:34 Cross by Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan), clearance by Chris Smalling (Man Utd).
    • 42:38 Attacking throw-in by Steve Gohouri (Wigan).
    • 42:06 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) to far post, clearance by Michael Carrick (Man Utd).
    • 41:10 Goal kick taken short by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
    • 40:42 Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Smalling (Man Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 39:21 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 38:51 Foul by Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan) on Patrice Evra (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Scholes (Man Utd) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 38:15 Attacking throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 37:50 Cross by Gary Caldwell (Wigan), save (caught) by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 37:32 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) to centre, clearance by Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd).
    • 35:13 Foul by Paul Scholes (Man Utd) on James McCarthy (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 33:06 Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) on Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 32:28 Goal kick taken short by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
    • 32:21 Shot by Luis Nani (Man Utd) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right.
    • 31:41 Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 31:32 Attacking throw-in by Steve Gohouri (Wigan).
    • 31:05 Defending throw-in by Steve Gohouri (Wigan).
    • 30:12 Goal kick taken short by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
    • 28:45 Shot by Luis Nani (Man Utd) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards),
    • 27:22 Attacking throw-in by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan).
    • 26:16 Defending throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 26:06 Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 25:34 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 24:43 Foul by James McCarthy (Wigan) on Paul Scholes (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Scholes (Man Utd) from right channel, resulting in open play.
    • 24:16 Goal kick taken short by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 24:06 Header by Steve Gohouri (Wigan) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed right.
    • 23:18 Foul by Javier Hernandez (Man Utd) on Steve Gohouri (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) from right wing, resulting in open play.
    • 22:54 Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 22:44 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) to far post, resulting in ball out of play.
    • 21:42 Cross by Mohamed Diame (Wigan), clearance by Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd).
    • 21:07 Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 21:01 Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 20:29 Defending throw-in by Steve Gohouri (Wigan).
    • 19:34 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 18:49 Goal kick taken long by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 18:32 Shot by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right.
    • 17:39 Shot by James McCarthy (Wigan) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (blocked) by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 16:23 Assist (cross) by Luis Nani (Man Utd) from left by-line.
    • 16:23 GOAL - Javier HernandezWigan 0 - 1 Man Utd Goal by Javier Hernandez (Man Utd) left-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Wigan 0-1 Man Utd.
    • 15:46 Foul by John O'Shea (Man Utd) on Victor Moses (Wigan). Free kick taken left-footed by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan) from left wing, resulting in open play.
    • 15:13 Goal kick taken long by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 15:09 Cross by James McCarthy (Wigan), resulting in ball out of play.
    • 14:22 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) to near post, clearance by Luis Nani (Man Utd).
    • 14:15 Cross by Victor Moses (Wigan), clearance by Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd).
    • 13:03 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan).
    • 12:49 Shot by Victor Moses (Wigan) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 12:26 Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) on Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 11:47 Attacking throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 11:37 Attacking throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 11:32 Cross by Darren Fletcher (Man Utd), clearance by Ben Watson (Wigan).
    • 10:49 Foul by James McCarthy (Wigan) on Paul Scholes (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Scholes (Man Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 10:27 Defending throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 9:46 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 8:37 Cross by Darren Fletcher (Man Utd), resulting in open play.
    • 8:02 Foul by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) on James McCarthy (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) from right channel, passed.
    • 7:37 Cross by Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan), clearance by Chris Smalling (Man Utd).
    • 7:18 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) to near post, clearance by Luis Nani (Man Utd).
    • 5:49 Foul by Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan) on Javier Hernandez (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Luis Nani (Man Utd) from left channel (30 yards), save (caught) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
    • 5:08 Goal kick taken long by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 4:57 Shot by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
    • 3:49 Foul by Mohamed Diame (Wigan) on Chris Smalling (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Michael Carrick (Man Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 2:56 Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 1:29 Goal kick taken short by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 1:26 Cross by Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan), resulting in ball out of play.
    • 0:54 Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan).
    • 0:30 Attacking throw-in by Steve Gohouri (Wigan).
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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