Manchester United 4-0 Wigan: EPL As it Happened
Goals: Scholes 51', Hernandez 63', Buttner 66', Powell 82' (Man Utd)
Man Utd: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic (Evans), Buttner, Nani, Scholes (Powell), Carrick, Giggs (van Persie), Hernandez, Welbeck. Subs:De Gea, Valencia, Cleverley, Kagawa.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Maloney (Gomez), McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Crusat, Watson, Boselli, Miyaichi.
Sunderland host Liverpool in the late fixture, I predict the Beach Ball to get a hat-trick in that one.
A tale of two halfs as Manchester United struggle to break down a stubborn Wigan side in the first at Old Trafford, before opening the floodgates in the second.
Goals from Scholes and Hernandez, as well as from new-boys Buttner and Powell sealed the deal for Sir Alex's side, who finally get a comfortable win in this fledgling Premier League season.
Thanks for joining me, and make sure to stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all the reaction from an entertaining victory for United.
That's that from Old Trafford as the referee puts Wigan out of their misery.
93'- Danny Welbeck throws himself all guns blazing into a tackle on di Santo. Very dangerous from the English striker, and lucky the card shown is only yellow.
Theo Walcott has put the Gunners 6-1 up against his former team, whilst Fulham and Villa extend their leads against West Brom and Swansea respectively.
90'- van Persie almost lifts the ball over the square Wigan back line to Hernandez, but the pass is slightly over-hit.
89'- Nani is tripped by Figeuroa before the two square up. It's handbags at dawn though as Rafael shoves Nani out of trouble.
Galatasaray to come in the Champs League midweek for United, I'll be proud to bring you coverage of that one too.
Nick Powell's fine strike gets better with every viewing.
He dummied to set the charging defender on the wrong foot, before lacing a rocket into the corner of the Wigan goal.
United won last season's corresponding fixture 5-0, with goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Park Ji-Sung... oh how times have changed.
84'- CHANCE NANI!
Nani has too much time to get a shot off when the ball cannons to him within the Wigan area.
He shoots wide when a pass to Welbeck would have surely been the better option.
82'- GOAL POWELL!
A fine day for debuts as Nick Powell gets his name of the scoresheet.
Hernandez tees the teenager up on the edge of the area, and the resulting shot is blasted past Al Habsi.
A beautiful strike by Powell.
QPR vs. Chelsea is still 0-0. City still level at Stoke too.
81'- Nani finds room to shoot, but blasts it a mile over the Wigan goal.
Whatever Sir Alex said to his players at the half-time break has worked. United have looked a different team in this second half.
79'- The Wigan players seem resigned to their inevitable fate now. Their excellent run of form over their past dozen or so EPL games looks set to stutter here today.
Boyce breaks into the United area as I write, but the angle is too tight for him to shoot on target.
77'- Jonny Evans is the last United substitution, he replaces Vidic in the defence.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have won 36 and lost just two of their last 41 EPL games at Old Trafford. They're about to make it 37 from 42.
73'- CHANCE VAN PERSIE!
The Dutchman almost gets on the scoresheet immediately, as he somehow manages to miss a low Nani cross from two yards out.
Good defending by Ramis though to put van Persie under pressure.
71'- New replaces old. RVP and Nick Powell replace Giggs and Scholes.
70'- It's all happening now, as Kone's close range shot is well blocked by Lindegaard.
Difficult angle for the striker, but still worrying signs for the Red Devils.
RVP is warming up!
68'- PENALTY SHOUT WIGAN!
Di Santo goes down under a Rio Ferdinand challenge, but nothing given. Good decision by the referee, the defender did get a vital touch.
The floodgates are opening now for United. Can they keep a first clean sheet of the season though?
66'- GOAL BUTTNER!
Unbelievable goal from new-boy Buttner.
He stumbles, bobs and weaves past about 5 Wigan players, before firing a powerful shot from a difficult angle straight into Al Habsi, who can't keep it out.
63'- GOAL HERNANDEZ!
Giggs works his magic down the left, before cutting a nice pass back to Alex Buttner.
The Netherlands left-back's low effort on goal finds a very-much onside Javier Hernandez ready to pounce, deflecting the effort past a helpless Al Habsi.
62'- A Nani corner fails to clear the first defender... what's new there?
With United up, I'd be surprised if RVP was brought on now, but you never know.
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