Wednesday, 30th December 2009 – KO: 20:00
Without wishing to tempt fate or sound too over-confident, a game against Wigan at Old Trafford is possibly the best fixture we could have been handed as we attempt to close that gap on Chelsea to just two points again.
Due to a bizarre quirk in the fixture lists, this is the fourth time we have met Wigan in the League in 2009 and we have won the previous three. In fact, we have beaten every single time we have played them in the Premier League.
Wigan have been a strange side so far this season and their fans must be wondering which Wigan will turn up. They beat Chelsea 3-1 and followed this up with creditable draws against Fulham and Manchester City but were hammered 4-0 by struggling Portsmouth and absolutely massacred 9-1 by Tottenham. They have also been the only team to go to Burnley so far this season and come away with the three points.
We, of course played at their place early on in the season and that game was probably Wigan in a nutshell… 0-0 at half time, they probably had the better of us in the first half but we ran out 5-0 winners after 90 minutes.
I am not sure we’ll be seeing another five goals this evening but I think two or three would not be out of the question. Now that our defence is starting to get back together, we have to be confident of achieving something that has been quite rare for us so far this season and keep a clean sheet.
Unfortunately, the bookies see it this way too and around 1.60 for Manchester United on the -1.5 AH is about as low a price as I have ever seen for a match between two teams in the same division.
I am torn here between believing that we can win this one 3-0 and knowing that we sometimes have games (especially at home, strangely) where we struggle to get off the mark and there is always the chance that Fergie will tinker with the team a little as we have two big Cup games coming up in the next week or so.
However, Fergie is likely to take the view that the Cup games will look after themselves. The priority is three points in this one and if we can make some inroads into the goal-difference gap at the same time then that won’t do us any harm whatsoever.
The bet is going to be 3 points Manchester United -1.5, -2.0 AH @ 1.89 with Stan James (please note, this appears as -1 3/4 Asian Handicap with Stan James).
|Result & Review|
5 – 0
Wayne Rooney, 28
This was possibly United’s best performance of the season so far and the 5-0 scoreline did not flatter us at all. In fact, had this finished with a similar scoreline to the one Spurs inflicted on Wigan a few weeks ago, no one could have complained.
Rooney was the driving force behind everything and but for the woodwork (twice) he could have had at least a hat-trick himself in this one.
For large portions of the game, it was all United and one-way traffic in the direction of the Wigan goal and Wigan rarely had any answers of their own.
All in all, a brilliant way to end a fantastic decade for Manchester United – let’s hope that this is a sign of things to come!