sport
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 1 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • DW Stadium
  • Attendance: 20,342
WiganWiganvMan UtdMan Utd
04
  • Hernández, 35
  • van Persie, 43
  • Hernández, 63
  • van Persie, 88

live commentary

92 mins:Full Time: Wigan 0-4 Man Utd. United kick off 2013 with a comfortable victory over Wigan.

91 mins:Beausejour's cross beats everyone in the middle. Just a few seconds left now.

89 mins:GOAL: WIGAN 0-4 MAN UTD. Welbeck capitalizes on some poor defending and finds RVP unmarked in the middle. The Dutchman makes no mistake as he slots home.

88 mins:Figueroa tries his luck from the edge of the box but skews it well off target. Wasteful from the left back.

86 mins:Callum McManaman replaces Shaun Maloney.

85 mins:Beausjeour's cross is nodded behind by Evra but Wigan fail to make anything of the corner.

83 mins:Jordi Gomez curls the free-kick over the wall but it drifts narrowly wide of the top corner.

82 mins:Kone is felled by Smalling as he looks to get on the end of a long ball. Yellow card for the substitute.

80 mins:McArthur looks for Beausejour on the left hand side but the pass is over-hit.

78 mins:Welbeck is on for Young.

77 mins:Evra gets to the byline and lifts it into the middle but Figueroa chests it calmly back to Al-Habsi.

75 mins:Wigan work the ball well but fail to find a way through the United defense.

73 mins:Stam breaks down the right hand side and cuts inside but his shot is blocked.

71 mins:Gomez shows good industry as he chases down Evans but in the end he fouls the center half.

69 mins:All change please. United make two changes - Carrick and Ferdinand are replaced by Kagawa and Smalling. Wigan make two changes - Stam and Gomez come on for Caldwell and Di Santo.

68 mins:RVP wriggles free in the midfield and gets into the box but sees his effort fly narrowly over.

66 mins:United are absolutely cruising now. A promising attack comes to nothing as Hernandez is caught offside.

64 mins:GOAL: WIGAN 0-3 MAN UTD. Game over. RVP's free-kick hits the wall and drops to HERNANDEZ who strikes home in instinctive fashion.

63 mins:First booking of the game for Caldwell. He brought down Rafael as United broke forward. This is a good position for RVP.

61 mins:Ashley Young curls in a great cross and Hernandez beats the keeper to it but lifts his effort over the bar.

59 mins:That was a great decision from the assistant.

58 mins:Di Santo rattles a low cross along the six yard line and Kone tucks it home but the striker is fractionally offside.

56 mins:Hernandez comes in from the left and shoots from range but it goes well wide.

55 mins:Giggs looks to break into the box but Ramis stands up well to make the tackle.

53 mins:United are enjoying themselves now. They work it left for RVP but his cross is cleared.

51 mins:van Persie finds Hernandez but the Mexican is forced wide by the pass and he can't find the target from a narrow angle.

50 mins:Giggs works the ball well with Cleverley and looks to play Evra in on the overlap but the pass fails to connect.

48 mins:Sloppy start to the second half from both sides. Possession being surrendered far too cheaply.

46 mins:The second half begins.

45 mins:Halftime: Wigan 0-2 Man Utd. The visitors are in control as we go into the break.

44 mins:GOAL: WIGAN 0-2 MAN UTD. Hernandez finds VAN PERSIE in the middle and he steps inside and curls the ball into the far corner with his right foot. Fine finish from the Dutchman.

42 mins:McArthur gets to the byline but his cross is too high for everyone in the middle.

40 mins:Boyce crosses towards Di Santo at the far post but Ferdinand does brilliantly to head it away from danger.

38 mins:Young looks to beat Al-Habsi from a tight angle but the keeper keeps it out.

36 mins:GOAL: WIGAN 0-1 MAN UTD. Evra gets into the box and forces a decent save from Al-Habsi but the rebound drops to HERNANDEZ who fires home.

35 mins:United force another corner as they move the ball around the final third with real purpose.

35 mins:United force another corner as they move the ball around the final third with real purpose.

33 mins:Rafael lets fly from long range and forces a smart save from Al-Habsi.

32 mins:United starting to put the pressure on now. Al-Habsi plays it straight into touch under pressure from RVP.

30 mins:United have a free-kick on the right flank. RVP swings it in, Al-Habsi loses it but somehow Caldwell manages to prevent Hernandez from knocking in the rebound.

28 mins:Giggs flashes in a great low cross but Figueroa does well to turn it behind at the far post.

26 mins:Young crosses from the right hand side but its too close to Al-Habsi.

24 mins:Hernandez looks to play in Young but Ramis reads the danger well and cuts it out.

22 mins:Weak appeals for a United penalty as Young goes to ground under Beausejour's challenge. Nothing in it though.

20 mins:Ferdinand can only turn Di Santo's pass into the path of Beausejour but he blazes his shot well wide from twenty yards.

18 mins:Rafael surges into space and gets to the edge of the box but his cross is a poor one.

16 mins:Carrick finds himself in space but the Wigan defense are well organized and the midfielder can only play it square on halfway.

14 mins:United are looking in control at the moment but Wigan are showing some good signs going forward.

12 mins:Giggs finds Hernandez in behind with a raking pass and the Mexican controls well before finishing confidently. It won't stand though, he was fractionally offside.

11 mins:Young steps inside his man and gets into the area but can't find a team-mate with the pass.

10 mins:Beausejour looks to find Kone running in behind but Evans deflects the pass away from danger.

8 mins:Hernandez is playing on the shoulder of the last man as you'd expect. This time Al-Habsi is able to come off his line and claim Carrick's long ball.

6 mins:Di Santo gets into the left side of the box and crosses low but Evans clears.

4 mins:RVP lifts the ball in for Hernandez but his ambitious shot from a wide angle is easy for Al-Habsi.

3 mins:Hernandez is caught offside as he looks to dart in behind from Cleverley's pass.

1 mins:The match kicks off.

RVP returns to starting lineup for United with Rafael starting at right-back. Its Evans and Ferdinand at the heart of the defense with Giggs, Cleverley and Carrick the central midfield trio.

Roberto Martinez will hope Aruna Kone can inspire Wigan as the lead striker. Support will come from Maloney and Di Santo. Figueroa is at left-back, with Beausejour operating in midfield.

Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Young, Carrick, Cleverley, Giggs, van Persie, Hernandez.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Di Santo, Maloney, Kone.

Welcome to the DW Stadium stadium as struggling Wigan take on league leaders Man United.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 1 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • DW Stadium
  • Attendance: 20,342
WiganWiganvMan UtdMan Utd
04
  • Hernández, 35
  • van Persie, 43
  • Hernández, 63
  • van Persie, 88

match report

Manchester United started the New Year much as they ended 2012 with a clinical 4-0 win over Wigan at the DW Stadium that maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Javier Hernandez returned to the side after a brief rest with a couple of goals and Robin van Persie was also on target twice in a comfortable victory over the struggling Latics.

United thought they had broken the deadlock in the 11th minute when Hernandez broke and fired past Ali Al Habsi, but the Mexico striker was correctly adjudged to be offside.

Wigan took 20 minutes to secure their first clear sight of goal but Jean Beausejour made a real hash of an inviting cross that dropped at his feet and fired high, wide and not very handsome.

Soon after, a van Persie free-kick caused havoc in the box, but Wigan managed to clear after an Al Habsi fumble, and Tom Cleverley had an effort blocked by Ivan Ramis as United upped the tempo.

But the goal they had been threatening came on 35 minutes when Patrice Evra forced Al Habsi into a decent save, after a complete mis-kick on his first attempt, and Hernandez pounced to convert the rebound.

It was 2-0 two minutes before the break with Van Persie on target for the 15th time in the league this season, Hernandez making the most of a bit of fortune to play in the Dutchman, who cut inside Ramis and curled past Al Habsi.

Edgy home fans would have expected a response from their team after half-time, but it proved anything but as they spent long spells camped in their own half, some awful passing giving United the chance to sit on their advantage and play keep-ball.

Despite that, United almost allowed Wigan back into the game just before the hour when Arouna Kone converted a Franco di Santo cross-shot at the back post but, like Hernandez earlier on, he was also flagged for offside - this time far less clear-cut.

Hernandez lobbed just over the bar after Al Habsi had a rush of blood to the head, but it was game over on 63 when Van Persie's free-kick fell to him 12 yards out and he smashed home his second goal of the afternoon.

Chris Smalling might have been a touch lucky to avoid being sent off, not long after coming on as a sub, for pulling down Kone and Jordi Gomez curled the resulting free-kick inches wide.

But United still had time for a fourth goal two minutes from time when Van Persie matched Hernandez's double after horrible defending let sub Danny Welbeck in to set him up for a tap-in that rounded off one of their simpler wins of the season.

team line-up

26Ali Al-Habsi
31Maynor Figueroa
21Iván Ramis
5Gary Caldwell70
16James McArthur
4James McCarthy
17Emmerson Boyce
22Jean Beausejour
10Shaun Maloney86
9Franco Di Santo70
2Arouna Koné

substitutes

12Michael Pollitt
25Roman Golobart
14Jordi Gómez70
6David Jones
23Ronnie Stam70
19Mauro Boselli
15Callum McManaman86

referee

Andre Marriner

team line-up

1David De Gea
6Jonny Evans
5Rio Ferdinand69
3Patrice Evra
2Rafael
16Michael Carrick69
18Ashley Young78
23Tom Cleverley
11Ryan Giggs
20Robin van Persie
14Javier Hernández

substitutes

7Antonio Valencia
19Danny Welbeck78
26Shinji Kagawa69
22Paul Scholes
15Nemanja Vidic
12Chris Smalling69
13Anders Lindegaard

referee

Andre Marriner

match stats

possession %5247
shots on target07
shots off target44
corners16
tackles won1516
offsides24