Match Details :
Wigan vs Man Utd
Saturday 22nd August 2009
The DW Stadium
So after a dismal upset for United after losing to Burnley, it was looking like we Missed Ronaldo a lot. Having struggled to win against the newly promoted Birmingham City, and a loss against another newly promoted team Burnley, who had to fight also to get a place in Top flight, it looked really sad and disappointing for most of the United Fans. United marched to DW Stadium with a statistics of only One goal by Rooney against new teams in two matches. Also, We lost the Community Shield as well. So there were all negative energy everywhere. Yes, we believe the team and the strength but I was really scared.
So match was started, and most Pundits said that Manchester United may struggle. Although they also emphasized that Rooney will be a Key figure for this match and the campaign also. I also had the same thought, especially if I remember the last match between the two, United had to struggle a lot to defeat them(Thanks to Tevez touch and Carrick's Superb Strike). I was really wishing if Owen can get one. Anyways, with full of Hopes, and praying for United I started watching the match. In some cases, I felt that United is carrying forward it's form from previous two matches. Even though we created few chances but failed to convert the shots into Goal. Nani and Scholes were the example.
Nani is a really suspicious character for me. For 10 minutes he plays so well, and in next 10 minutes he gets vanished somewhere on the field. But he shows a good character overall, especially after Ronaldo's Departure....he has been trying to raise his standards. And his superb Freekick really proved to be fantastic which given Wigan Keeper Kirkland no chance to move at all. Fantastic Freekick.
The first half was evenly balanced. Both sides created few chances but couldn't score. Rodallega was good, so was Wigan's new signing Diame(I hope I am spelling it right ;). Koumas had almost scored in the first half, hadn't Foster have made a fantastic save to deny him. Gomez was also running hard. Bramble made a brilliant tackle to deny Berbatov going free in front of Goal. Wigan looked a little stronger in the first half. On the other side, I really liked Gary Neville alot. He made his presence count. Made some very crucial tackles to deny the Wigan players Striking the ball. He was good. Vidic and Evans were also excellent. I really loved the way United defended. I have not seen such defending against a hard working team like Wigan for a long time. I really liked the way they showed the enthusiasm. They kept United in the game until Rooney scored in 56th minute. He got an excellent pass from Valencia. Every time Valencia got the possession, Wigan fans booed him a lot. He seemed nervous on various stages. But after first half, he improved and created an excellent opportunity to get Rooney a free header. And you know, Greedy Rooney never leaves such type of chances, especially when he is waiting eagerly to complete his 100th Goal. Superb header by him.
Just after Rooney's goal, Wigan attacked and I thought that they will equalize but United turned back and Berbatov netted the second goal. His sweet touch to the ball denied the save attempt by Kirkland, who finally slipped while trying to win the ball...leaving Berbatov clean in front of Goal. Berbatov was unbalanced but he somehow managed to give a little touch to the ball and the ball crushed into the Wigan's net. United were 2-0 up. Then Rooney again scored after few minutes. Kirkland looked helpless in every shot. SAF made a quick decision to send Owen and get Rooney back so that he can give Owen a chance to score in a less pressure game and also, he wanted to save Rooney for the coming weekend's fixture against Arsenal at OT. WOW, I am waiting for that =)
Owen moved brilliantly. He is still very fast, he has good speed. And he was very fast in moving to left when Nani was successfully dodged Wigan Defender to set the ball free for Owen near Wigan's Penalty area. Owen chipped and the ball hit the post. Owen needed a little luck to re-ignite his carrer, and the goal post provided him that luck. Ball went inside and he scored his first goal for United. Boy, he was happy. In 86th minute, Nani scored through a freekick. Just like Owen Scored against Arsenal last year. I loved that. Took United to 5-0. Now I feel, the United is coming back to it's form. It will be thoroughly tested on Saturday's game against Arsenal. I wish United a good luck and wish they win 5-0 again. Love you United.
Glory Glory Man United