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Report: Manchester United 4-0 Wigan Athletic

Latics bow out of the FA Cup.

Latics were unchanged from the side that beat Brentford 2-1 last week, but Yanic Wildschut and Recce James both featured on the bench. On the other hand Manchester United made 9 changes to the side that lost in the EFL Cup semi-final against Hull City.

The first chance of the game came when Callum Connolly volleyed the ball into the palms of Sergio Romero after Dan Burn did very well with the header.

The Red Devils got their first chance of the game when Dan Burn headed it away, only for Mata to have a volley off target.

Soon after Power’s chance, Mkhitaryan slid in at the far post from a Fosu-Mensah cross but only managed to get it out for a Latics goal kick.

Wigan had another chance at goal when Max Power did very well in the middle of the park and had a pop from 30 yards, which again went into the palms of Romero.

Just before the break, on 44 minutes, Fellaini managed to put United ahead after he overpowered and knocked Connolly over, to head home at the far post from Schweinsteiger’s right hand sided cross.

Wigan almost got a goal back after half time when Romero failed to clear a low cros, but Romero managed to block David Perkins’ follow-up shot with his legs.

On 57 minutes, Smalling won a header above Stephen Warnock to get United’s second.

United came forward with a very good counter attack on 74 minutes to get the third goal of the game. Mkhitaryan started with the ball, passed it out to Martial on the left,  who ran into the box and played the ball across for Mkhitaryan to finish it, which made it 3-0.

Schweinsteiger got United’s fourth with nine minutes to go after performing an overhead- kick from close range to fire it past Jakob Haugaard.

The game was over for Latics at this point.

Wigan now being out of the EFL Cup and the FA Cup can now focus on staying up.

Wigan boss Warren Joyce said:

“I was disappointed with the timing & the way we conceded the first goal. For 44 minutes we did everything right.

“For 60 minutes, I was really pleased with a lot of things. Last 20 we went gung-ho so you can forget about that. 4-0 flattered them.

“We wouldn’t have been down (mentally) if we’d gone in 0-0 at half-time. It’s fine margins.”

Joyce on the Yanic situation: “It’s simple for me, you don’t want to lose your best players.”

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said:

“We deserved to win. The first half was not very good but we managed to be 1-0 in front.”

“The goal gave us a different second half, it gave us a chance at half-time to speak with the players and make them feel the first half was not good enough.”

“We spoke about changing a few things in the dynamic of the team. The guys obviously accepted it well because the second half was much better.”

Wigan: Haugaard, Connolly, Warnock, Burn, Buxton, Perkins (Wildschut 59′), Power, MacDonald (Browne 76′), Morsy, Jacobs, Grigg (Tunnicliffe 70′).

Unused Subs: Jaaskelainen, Morgan, James, Kellett.

United: Romeiro (Pereira 80′), Fosu-Mensah (Tuanzebe 68′), Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Fellaini (Herrera 70′) Schweinsteiger, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Martial.

Unused Subs: Blind, Young, Rashford, Ibrahimovic.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Attendance: 75,229

David – @DCurtyy – Football Writer



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