Saturday, August 22, 2009

Review: Wigan 0 Man Utd 5

The season is starting to turn into a mare now for Wigan after their brilliant result at Villa last week. 2 home losses in a week certainly does not boost confidence. Man Utd got their season off and running with an absolutely massive display after 2 stuttering results, a narrow 1-0 win over Birmingham and a surprise defeat at Burnley.

Sir Alex's front line certainly came good on the day as both Rooney and Berbatov scored after starting the game, while Michael Owen got his 1st competitive goal for the club after coming on as a sub.

Rooney, who got 2 goals, had a massive game and was inspirational. Until his headed goal to open the scoring early in the 2nd half, the team was still trying desperately to break down Wigan's stubborn defense. Once Utd went 2 goals up via Berba, Wigan's shoulders really dropped and the flood gates really opened.

Nani was impressive in the 2nd half and his superb through ball was brilliantly finished by Owen. Nani later added his name on the score sheet with a freekick.

Utd was good value for the win and the team played really well. The big difference was the return of Vidic at the back and his performance was immense, especially in the 1st half when Wigan carried the fight to Utd. The game also highlighted what a massive season this could turn out to be for Rooney, now the main man in the team.

Again, Kirkland was not impressive in the Wigan goal, just like in midweek against Wolves. That will add to the problem for Roberto Martinez and you can probably see the team struggle from this point on. They will probably still finish somewhere between 12th and 17th; they are certainly good enough to stay up.

As for Fergie, this was certainly a boost ahead of next week's crunch game against Arsenal. Although early in the season, the game is vital for both teams from a psychological point of view, especially for a very young Gunners team desperate to stamp their credentials this season.

Surprise of the season so far: Burnley 1 Man Utd 0

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