BPL Week #21 - Wigan vs Manchester United

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Final Result - Wigan Athletic 0 - 4 Manchester United

MATCH SUMMARY

Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie scored twice as Premier League leaders Manchester United coasted past Wigan to preserve their seven-point advantage.

The Mexican striker side-footed the opener after Ali Al Habsi had parried Patrice Evra's shot into his path.

United went 2-0 up when Van Persie turned Ivan Ramis and curled a sublime shot into the far corner.

Hernandez lashed home Van Persie's deflected free-kick before the Dutchman turned in Danny Welbeck's low cross.

Wigan Athletic

  • 26 Al Habsi
  • 05 Caldwell Booked (Stam - 69' )
  • 17 Boyce
  • 21 Ramis
  • 31 Figueroa
  • 04 McCarthy
  • 10 Maloney (McManaman - 86' )
  • 16 McArthur
  • 22 Beausejour
  • 02 Kone
  • 09 Di Santo (Gomez - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Pollitt
  • 23 Stam
  • 25 Golobart
  • 06 Jones
  • 14 Gomez
  • 15 McManaman
  • 19 Boselli

Manchester United

  • 01 De Gea
  • 02 Rafael
  • 03 Evra
  • 05 Ferdinand (Smalling - 68' Booked )
  • 06 Evans
  • 11 Giggs
  • 16 Carrick (Kagawa - 68' )
  • 18 Young (Welbeck - 78' )
  • 23 Cleverley
  • 14 Hernandez
  • 20 Van Persie

Substitutes

  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 12 Smalling
  • 15 Vidic
  • 07 Valencia
  • 22 Scholes
  • 26 Kagawa
  • 19 Welbeck
Ref: Marriner
Att: 20,342


TEAM NEWS

  • Wigan boss Roberto Martinez may stick with the same XI that beat Aston Villa away from home.
  • Antolin Alcaraz, Albert Crusat, Antonio Lopez, Ryo Miyaichi and Ben Watson are again absent.
  • Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has said he will make changes to the side that beat West Brom.
  • Top scorer Robin van Persie is expected to come back into the starting line-up, and defenders Rafael and Phil Jones are fit again.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Wigan beat Manchester United for the first time in their history at the DW Stadium last April thanks to a goal from Shaun Maloney.
  • It was the only goal they had scored against the Red Devils in their last seven matches. In fact, they have scored just five goals in their 16 encounters with Manchester United, who have scored 50 in those games.
  • There has never been a draw between the sides.

Wigan

  • Wigan ended a six-game winless run in the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa, keeping only their third clean sheet of the season.
  • They have now picked up as many points away from home (nine) this season as they have at the DW Stadium.
  • They have won just once at home since 27 October.
  • The Latics have conceded the opening goal in 13 Premier League games this season, losing 12 of those matches.

Manchester United

  • Against West Brom, Manchester United kept only their fourth clean sheet of the season and only their second in their last 13 league games.
  • Robin van Persie has scored 62 goals in his last 75 Premier League appearances since January 2011.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson's side had the best record in the Premier League in 2012, picking up 93 points from their 39 matches.
  • They scored 90 league goals in 2012 - their most in a single calendar year since 2000 (95 goals). The only other time anyone has scored more is themselves in 1999 (91 goals) and Chelsea in 2010 (91 goals).


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