Sheffield Wednesday manager David Pleat could only sit and watch in disbelief as Manchester United hammered The Owls 6–1 at Old Trafford in November 1997. Teddy Sheringham, Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored a brace apiece for The Red Devils, while Guy Whittingham netted the consolation goal for the visiting team.
Bulgarian marksman Dimitar Berbatov scored five goals as Manchester United demolished Blackburn Rovers 7–1 at The Theatre of Dreams on Saturday. As the match went on, The Riversiders were blown away by a performance of sheer quality from an aggressive home team with serious intentions of challenging for the Premiership crown.
On Wednesday the 28th of November 1990, Manchester United dismantled their longtime adversaries Arsenal to the tune of 6–2 in a Football League Cup 4th Round tie at Highbury. A midfield playmaker with a powerful shot, Lee Sharpe went on to score an amazing treble in Manchester United’s memorable triumph over The Gunners.
Born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Mark Robins started out with Manchester United where he made his league debut as a substitute in a 1–1 draw to Wimbldeon at Plough Lane in October 1988. He contributed 11 hits in 48 league outings for Manchester United and helped the club win the FA Cup Final against Steve Coppell´s Crystal Palace in 1990.
Born in the old royal capital of Cetinje, Nikola Jovanovic started out with Red Star Belgrade where he appeared in 85 league matches for The Red and Whites. Impressed by the talented centre half, Manchester United supremo Dave Sexton brought him to Old Trafford for an estimated fee of £300,000 midway through the 1979–80 campaign.
Dubliner Mick Martin initiated his career as a schoolboy player with his local team Home Farm. In the summer of 1968, Martin moved on to famous League of Ireland club Bohemians where he spent almost five seasons before he was spotted by Manchester United Head Coach Tommy Docherty midway through the 1972–73 campaign.
A Kingston upon Hull native, Stuart Pearson signed his first professional contract with Second Division Hull City at the beginning of the 1968–69 season. An energetic and wholehearted centre forward, he broke into the first team at Hull City during the 1969–70 campaign and ultimately replaced Boothferry Park favourite Chris Chilton.
Goals by Patrice Evra and substitute Javier Hernandez secured a most important 2–0 triumph for Manchester United over local rivals Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on Saturday. Wayne Rooney received a mixed welcome from the Manchester United supporters when the prodigal son came off the substitute’s bench in the 57th minute of the match to make his long awaited return to the first team from an ankle injury after his contract row.
Manchester United had no problems in overcoming fellow First Division outfit Crystal Palace 4–2 at Old Trafford in the Football League Cup Quarter Finals back in November 1970. The comfortable home win sent Wilf McGuiness´s Manchester United team into the League Cup Semi Finals where The Reds met Third Division Aston Villa.
Manchester United welcome Wigan Athletic to Old Trafford this Saturday looking to bag three points. The hosts will miss Anderson, Rafael da Silva, Owen Hargreaves, Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia who are out with injuries, while the visitors will be without Emmerson Boyce and James McCarthy who are sidelined with long term injuries. The Reds have now gone 13 games without defeat this season and they are big favourites to beat Wigan.