Wigan 0- 4 Manchester United
Hernandez (17', 74')
In the race of being at the topmost of Premier league United went onto produce some sensational football led by Hernandez whose double blow against Wigan proved pivotal defeating by 4-0. This also brought Hernandez 9th Premier league goal. After this Arsenal and United both have played 27 fixtures United still remaining well four points ahead of Arsenal.
“It was a terrific finish from Chicharito,” said Ferguson, using Hernandez’s nickname. “That’s what he does best — he is very, very good at it. His percentages in front of goal are very high.”
Wigan who were facing relegation , tried to impress earlier on but Van der Saar repelled their every move, thus lessening their motivation. Hernandez was quick to respond as he went on to score his first goal in the 17th minute as a result of Nani's cross to set things up for United. United who just had arrived after a goalless fixture at Marseille. Rooney had teamed up with Hernandes as Berbatov sat on the benches as spectator. With Chichartio's second goal ,had killed the demon off the spirited Wigan.
Only controversy of the game arrived when Rooney had elbowed James McCarthy. Which on referee awarded the free kick. But Wigan's manager Martinez exclaimed displeasure over the decision :
“If my player had done that, he would have been very, very lucky to stay on the pitch,” Martinez said. “It’s clearly a red card, Rooney was very fortunate. If you see it on the television, it is clear.
"It is an off-the-ball incident and the elbow catches McCarthy in his face. I saw the referee at half-time and he said he felt it wasn’t a red card; that he clipped him.”
If he would have been awarded red card it would have meant that he had missed three fixtures , and important one's against Liverpool, Chelsea and FA Cup quarter final against Arsenal.Now United will travel to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, in a long awaited clash with the last year's champions Chelsea. Both Giggs and Ferdinand also nearing recoveries.
“It’s great to go to a place like Wigan and win 4-0,” Ferguson said, “but it’s an acid test going to Chelsea and to Liverpool.Hopefully Ryan will train tomorrow. He is coming on.”
If they win in west London, United march on with a seven point lead.