Match Report: Wigan Athletic 1-2 Manchester United

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Carlos Tevez scores

Michael Carrick was sporting a swollen eye but it was he that delivered what surely will be the knockout blow to Liverpool in the title race at the JJB Stadium.

Rumoured Red Devils target Antonio Valencia came close to shocking the Champions as he latched onto a through ball, out pacing Vidic but just misfiring at the crucial moment. The visitors were taking a while to get into the swing of things but after 10 minutes got two chances in quick succession – first, Berbatov‘s fine movement and cross headed horribly wide by Rooney, and then Rooney made a real fight to reclaim possession, doing so and starting a move that was hit narrowly over by Carrick.

Hugo Rodallega gave Wigan the lead after 28 minutes – a long ball forward was contested between the forward and Vidic, with the Colombian getting the better, losing sight of the ball momentarily before recovering to screw home the opener. Vidic felt he was impeded, but referee Styles was having none of it.

Bar a couple of Ronaldo free kicks United didn’t really come close to equalising until stoppage time in the first period, when a wonderful move involving Berbatov, Anderson, Ronaldo and Rooney ended with the ball at the latter’s feet – however the young Englishman shot wildly off target.

The second half started with not much in the way of increased promise so Sir Alex Ferguson called for some intervention in the shape of Carlos Tevez just before the hour mark. Inside fewer than 5 minutes, the forward had equalised – Carrick picked up the ball and drove with his right foot, but it was wild. Fortunately for United the shot was converted by Tevez, with what first appeared to be a fortuitous flick, but later clearly indicated a simply stunning backheel of extravagant ability.

From that moment on the game swung firmly in favour of the visitors, who went for the jugular, but had to wait until the 86th minute to secure the 3 points. O’Shea received a Ronaldo pass and found Carrick who, with trademark simplicity, stroked a sublime shot home from 17 yards to find the top corner with his left foot.

Manchester United now only need to avoid defeat in either of their last two matches to claim their third straight championship.

Source: (Yolkie)

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One Response to “Match Report: Wigan Athletic 1-2 Manchester United”

  1. Rite$h says:

    A very tough match for the team, the pace and skill of Valencia and Rodallega caused the defence some serious problems. The goal scored by Rodallega should not have stood, he had pushed Vidic before eventually latching on the loose ball. Well Ronaldo seems not to have yet get over his sub against city, he was completely out of his match, and even had a brief temper flared up with SAF when he failed to score from a volley. Signs he wants to quit?? Tevez was just brilliant, that back heel was one in a million, and his introduction added pace and movement to our attack, hope he stays at United.
    We need only 1 pt to be champions, but I say UNited just have to be merciless and crush their two remaining opponents, remember Arsenal beat us in the EPL, so still a revenge to take, and 3pts as we go along, just to kill all hopes of the scousers and allow the lads to rest the final week in view of the CL finals.

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