Wigan stun Man United

2012-04-11 22:51

Wigan - Shaun Maloney's goal earned Wigan a 1-0 victory over Manchester United that helped cut the champions' lead over Manchester City to five points on Wednesday.

The Latics had a first-half effort by Victor Moses ruled out, with replays showing Gary Caldwell was harshly penalised for a challenge on David de Gea, but Maloney scored the only goal just after half-time.

It was United's first Premier League defeat since the 3-0 loss at Newcastle at the start of January, ending a run that saw them drop just two points in 12 matches.

United have five matches remaining, including a trip to Eastlands to face Manchester City at the end of the month, as they look to close out their 20th title.

Wigan, who have lost just twice in 10 matches, had never managed to get a single point against United in 13 previous league meetings but this victory took them a significant step towards avoiding relegation.

They may have felt that they had wrongly had a goal ruled out but Wigan would have been full value for a half-time lead.

The Latics dominated possession from the start and United were thankful to Michael Carrick for getting back to clear when Maloney's cross looked to have picked out Franco Di Santo in a dangerous position.

A short corner from Maloney saw the ball worked to James McCarthy and the Republic of Ireland international's powerful drive was tipped over the bar by David de Gea.

The Spanish goalkeeper did well to force his way through a crowd to punch away the Maloney corner that followed before Jean Beausejour's follow-up flew well wide of goal.

United were struggling to get a foothold in the game but finally threatened when Carrick threaded a pass through for Ryan Giggs and the veteran midfielder's low effort was deflected wide by Gary Caldwell.

A corner from Giggs was headed wide by a combination for Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney but the visitors were growing increasingly frustrated, with manager Alex Ferguson remonstrating with Rooney for losing the ball in a challenge with McCarthy.

Moses showed some quality to skip past Jonny Evans only to have his shot blocked wide by Rio Ferdinand.

From the Maloney corner that followed, the unmarked Moses thumped a header past De Gea but as the home fans celebrated, referee Phil Dowd blew for a free-kick for Caldwell's challenge on the United goalkeeper.

The home team were furious at the call but were grateful to see a curling shot from Rooney fly wide just before the interval.

Ferguson took off Ashley Young, bringing on Tom Cleverley at half-time, but four minutes after the break, Wigan took the lead in some style.

Maloney took another short corner to Beausejour and after receiving the return pass, he drifted past Antonio Valencia and curled a shot into the top corner.

Rooney bent a shot over from just outside the area as United looked for an immediate response.

But a frustrated Ferguson pulled the England striker off for Nani midway through the second half as he attempted to inject some life into his team's flat performance.

United were angered when Dowd waved away appeals for a penalty after a Phil Jones cross appeared to flick up on to the hand of Maynor Figueroa.

With Jones limping heavily, the visitors, who had already made their three substitutions, were still looking unlikely to pull level and Nani wasted another opportunity when he shot well over from 25 yards.

Moses could have sealed it when he burst past Ferdinand, only to have his shot turned away by De Gea.

The striker also had a shot deflected wide after Ferdinand had pulled off a fine block from Mohamed Diame before Al Habsi denied Danny Welbeck at the other end.

Results of English Premier League matches on Wednesday:

Manchester City 4 (Aguero 6, 54, Tevez 61, Silva 64) West Brom 0

Wigan 1 (Maloney 50) Manchester United 0

Wolves 0 Arsenal 3 (van Persie 9-pen, Walcott 11, Benayoun 69)

QPR 3 (Barton 45, Mackie 55, Buzsaky 67) Swansea 0


  • Koos - 2012-04-12 01:07

    How the mighty has fallen.

  • Gunner - 2012-04-12 07:20

    No surprise here. The better team won on the day. Well played Wigan

  • stephen.poynter1 - 2012-04-12 07:23

    Lol its 1 game nt the end of our title campaign. We only need 11 points frm the possible 15 to lift the trophy again. I am sure wil get them with ease

      Bob - 2012-04-12 08:01

      Stephen, I think you took this game too lightly, you thought you could beat Wigan without buying the ref, see what happens when it's 11 against 11 instead of the usual 11 against 11 plus the match officials, you LOSE, come on CITY

  • Sharmilen - 2012-04-12 08:00

    Gosh....what has gone wrong!! Is the time when City do the unthinkable.....finish 2nd! Rating of the game: Wigan 8/10 - they played well, deserved the goal and the win. ManUtd: 2/10 - didn't get out of the starting blocks but there was something missing...wait for it. Referee/Referees Assistant: -5/10 - where were you guys? Where was the additional standard 8-9minutes of injury time for us to score. Why no red card to Wigan players for no reason? Gosh their performance was shocking!! Maybe Sir Alex didn't get them onto his payroll on time or maybe they were sent by the wrong FA. Just poking fun at the haters......they know who they are......enjoy the moment cos it doesn't last long. Agree with you stephen.poynter1...1 loss..feel sorry for the next team we play. Like I always say when we win..when we lose..when we draw.....we will always be the talking point. Number 20 still on track!!!

      Topsy - 2012-04-12 08:15

      no. 20 in a weak epl, proven by the fact that the 11th place la liga team embarrassed mufc! 20 titles means niks . . .

      Bob - 2012-04-12 09:29

      Topsy, my man, at least there is someone else on here that knows what they are talking about, this is the worst EPL in living memory and yes the scum look like topping the best of a bad bunch, I mean they have players out there that would normally be well past their sell by date, but in this league they are made to look good.

  • Topsy - 2012-04-12 08:35

    lol this is what happens when you get a fair, unbiased, impartial referee in charge who is not paid by good ol' rednose. . .

      Gerald - 2012-04-12 09:32

      Your comments are indicative of someone who is jealous of United's successes and who also doesn't know too much about the game of football.

  • Sharmilen - 2012-04-12 08:46

    Oh again.....when you learn and understand the different football leagues around the world and that each has it's own qualities...then perhaps you can post your comments here. Until then you know what to do with it!!!!

      Bob - 2012-04-12 09:30

      Sharmilen, why don't you stick to the PSL, go support someone like Pirates or Chiefs, you have no knowledge of the top league in the world, the EPL.

      Topsy - 2012-04-12 09:58

      thanks bob, i think liverpool fans are the real deal as they are not glory hunters like mufc fans and stick with their team through all the bad . . . majority of mufc fans popped outta nowhere after CL final 99. nuf said!

  • kenneth.endres2 - 2012-04-12 08:57

    Wigan deserved to win this one they wanted it more than united.I dont think united took this game lightly they were just run off the park by player quicker to the ball.All this bleating about buying ref is pure crap..As for the goal it came from a corner that wasnt. And disallowed goal correct.In old days you could push and shove goalkeeper around in modern football you cant Caldwell pushed and shoulderd De gea into back of net.Linesman already had his flag up before header went in Twist in the tale who goes down with Wolves as QPR also had a good win last night.Villa watch for backlash on Sunday

  • Sharmilen - 2012-04-12 09:21

    Well said need to write a book on this and give your first copy to Topsy...with obviously a full glossary.

  • Gerald - 2012-04-12 09:28

    An awful awful display of football by United. They were flat and lacked urgency and cohesion. They played as if they don't want to win the league. Having said that, Wigan were the better side on the night and certainly desrved their win.

  • Sharmilen - 2012-04-12 10:27

    I simply love this...all this fighting about the best league...worst the world. We only lost 1 game and haters go ballistic. Bob you should be last person giving the manure you spew out is polluting the place. Oh by the way...Topsy is Female..but then again that's just you...we understand your situation. NEEDLESS TO SAY AFTER ALL OF THIS.....THE TITLE WILL REMAIN AT OT. Topsy, wow where did get those stats from....geez you do have a brain on your head....pity you don't use it!!!

      Topsy - 2012-04-12 10:34

      what is your link to manchester? were you even born there, will you ever even visit there, do you work there? glory hunter indeed.

      Jason - 2012-04-12 13:54

      With a name like Topsy sounds like you know it all. Where u from...? Guguletu....? You should go argue with some fans whose team is in 7th or 9th place, Not with a team who is in 1st place...a little out your league son...Utd will use this game as a wake up call and kick into gear against Aston Villa...

  • Sharmilen - 2012-04-12 10:57

    So to support a team you have to be born there or have visited the place or work there...nice this your Constitution of Sports Teams? You have confirmed what we have thought all this while. I rest my case.

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-04-12 12:22

    We were outplayed

  • kenneth.endres2 - 2012-04-12 13:43

    Topsy you and Bob really hate united is it because they are the most successful side in EPL history or what.I have supported united for nearly 50 years so that makes me as yougsters say a old toppie. I have never been to England.Fergie has been manager for 25 years .His first 6-7 years united won nothing.Show me any other manager who has stayed with a club so long.Chelsea have had about 5 managers in 7 years.Liverpool run them a close second.And if MC dont win any thing Mancini will also be job hunting.If united dont win leauge Fergie will still be there next season.United Forever

  • Jason - 2012-04-12 13:57

    I wish I knew as much about football as Bob and Topsy...their team wins a few European Cups in the 70's and now they know everything....Arrogant bunch...

      Bob - 2012-04-13 08:02

      Jason, please get your facts straight before you write, LFC are, by far, the most successful British side in European football, and the last Cup win was 2005 mate not in the 70s. So yes you are correct, Topsy and myself seem to know a lot more than most on here.

      Jason - 2012-04-13 10:20

      As i said...arrogant...When did you win the majority of these European titles?? In the 70's when football was not nearly at the level it is now, but well done on that.. But thats all you guys can argue is your European success and the glory years 30 years ago. Since you so big on stats tell me...when was the last time your team played in a European match..besides against Swansea? Liverpoll are not the most succesful club in British football by fact let me grace you with some football knowledge.... before this season United are on 60 titles/trophies and Liverfool are on 59 titles/trophies....visit...

      Bob - 2012-04-13 11:28

      Jason, as I said get your facts straight, LFC have won 3 of their 5 European cups from 80 onwards, 7 of their league titles, 5 FA cups, 8 League cups, 1 Eufa cup, 2 European Super cups and 1 Super cup, all from 80 onwards, so now you know as much as me. And I am correct, LFC are the most successful British side ever in European competitions, by a country mile.

      Jason - 2012-04-13 11:59

      Oh ok...Utd's record since the 80's then... PREMIER league(modern football) 12, FA cup 7, League Cup 4, Uefa Champions League 2, Cup Winners Cup 1, Super Cup 1....that makes a total of 26 compared to Liverpools 27....1 whole trophy country mile that!! And that's only comparing the titles you've brought up...what about the Charity Sheild, World Club Cup etc? SO sit down and go banter with some club more in your area on the table..oh and good luck in Europe this season...oh wait....

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