Manchester United V Wigan 2–0
Goals by Patrice Evra and Chicharito Hernandez secured a 2–0 triumph for The Reds over Wigan at Old Trafford on Saturday. Wayne Rooney received a mixed welcome from the home crowd, however, when the prodigal son came on as a second half substitute to make his return to the first team from an ankle injury after his contract row.
French defender Patrice Evra opened the scoring when he headed Manchester United in front from a brilliant Ji-sung Park cross shortly before the interval. While Wigan Athletic enjoyed the better of the first half opportunities, the Manchester United players saw much more of the ball after the break. As referee Mike Atkinson was either filled with Darwinism or else had got his whistle choked up with mud, Antolin Alcaraz duly received his second booking after a foolish challenge on Darren Fletcher on 59 minutes while Hugo Rodallega was ordered off after a mindless attack on Rafael da Silva just a few moments later. Javier Hernandez eventually came on for Michael Carrick midway through the second half and the lethal striker sealed the points for Manchester United as he headed home an excellent cross from Rafael after some 77 minutes of the action. His fellow second period substitute Wayne Rooney should have scored in the dying moments of the match, but his effort went straight at the away goal custodian. Now despite of the blatant fact that Wazza possesses the footballing finesse of a rhino at the very moment, The Three Lions central attacker is most likely to start the clash with reigning Scottish Premier League Champions Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox Stadium in the UEFA Champions League this coming Wednesday. After defeating neighbouring Wigan Athletic by 2–0 at The Theatre of Dreams on Saturday, Sir Alex Ferguson’s second placed Manchester United side are now level on points with their fellow Premiership title chasers Chelsea, who remain top on goal difference.
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