Manchester United Dismantle Wigan Athletic

Aaseesh MarinaContributor IAugust 22, 2009

WIGAN, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United scores the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United at the DW Stadium on August 22, 2009 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The Red Devils were on riot en route to a 5-0 victory over Wigan at the DW stadium. Rooney, Berbatov, Owen, and Nani all scored to ensure a resounding comeback after the loss to Burnley.

The match had a sluggish start with both teams missing out on goalscoring chances. Darren Fletcher and Paul Scholes ruined chances to net the ball for Manchester United, while Jason Koumas missed a tough one for Wigan. Fletcher tried to net a pass from Nani but Bramble fended the ball away. A few minutes later Scholes shot the ball high over the goalpost after receiving a cross from Berbatov.

Jason Koumas shot from the penalty area directly to Ben Foster who did a nice job grabbing it.   

Few other shots on the Wigan goal were saved by Kirkland.

Wigan were probably wondering what went wrong in the second half after holding Manchester United to no goals in the first 45 minutes, as they were run over by the Red Devils in the second half with Rooney leading from the front.

Wigan got a chance early in the second half when a free kick was given to N’Zogbia off Evra but the ball marginally missed the goalpost.

Then began the goalfest, with Rooney sending a superb header into the net off a pin-point cross from Valencia. The header resembled the awesome Messi header in the 2009 Champions League Final. Rooney’s goal was a bottle opener of sorts to the Red Devils as they were all fizzed out from there.

This goal led to Wayne Rooney joining the 100 goals club.

Berbatov then cleverly scooped the ball over Kirkland and scored a second goal two minutes after the first one. Then Rooney again scored when his shot was deflected into the left corner of the goal by Mario Melchiot as he tried to stop it.

Wayne Rooney was substituted in the 72nd minute with Owen coming on for him. Darron Gibson came on for Paul Scholes. Gibson made an immediate impact by firing a shot from the midfield which Kirkland stopped with a nice save.

Owen then got off the mark for Manchester United by clipping a pass from Nani into the corner of the wigan’s goal.

While Nani sent a free kick flying over the goal in the 88th minute, he made up for it with a blinder when he got another free kick opportunity in the stoppage time. He shot the ball into the left side of the goal while Kirkland watched the ball swoosh into the net as if he was petrified. I can’t blame him, he had a nightmare in the second-half.

I felt as if Manchester United were like the clean-up hitters who after watching the first ball hit the second one out of the ground.

There was a small scuffle between Nemanja Vidic and Hugo Rodallega, but nothing too big. Paul Scharner got desperate near the end when he felled Berbatov and got a yellow card.

Titus Bramble was the only Wigan player who shined in the defense with a nice block off Fletcher and a clumsy yet successful tackle from Berbatov in the first half.

But the best man on the field was surely Wayne Rooney. He scored his 100th and 101st goals and led Manchester United all the way to victory.