Well, it took us a while to really get to grips with Wigan in this one but once we got going, we looked quite unstoppable and far more impressive than we have looked in our previous matches.
The first half ended goal-less as Wigan looked solid and a nervy second-half looked to be on the cards.
We had our chances in the first half, though. Chicharito missed a penalty but it has to be said that the penalty decision looked harsh as Welbeck didn’t seem to have been touched by Al Habsi in the Wigan goal and some justice may have been done when the Wigan keeper easily saved Chicharito’s pretty tame effort.
Danny Welbeck really does seem to be playing with enormous confidence at the moment and an attempted overhead shot which went slightly high and wide is testament to that.
Alex Buttner was given his debut, filling in for the injured Evra in the left-back slot and he looks a decent player on this evidence. Sir Alex described him as “a bit raw” after the game and I must say that I was speaking with a Dutch friend recently and he said that almost everyone in Holland couldn’t understand why we had bought Buttner – he felt that he was a long way short of what is required to play for one of the premier clubs in Europe but the lad put in an excellent all-round performance which was later capped off with a terrific solo goal.
He certainly likes to get forward and perhaps some of this will have to be tempered – especially when we face more dangerous opposition – but it paid off for him and us on this occasion.
The second-half goal spree was started by no other than Paul Scholes who was making his 700th appearance for United and was largely down to some excellent work by Nani to beat his defender with a nifty bit of trickery before Carrick, the epitome of coolness in a hectic penalty area, played a great pass out wide before the ball was whipped in again with Scholesy there to tap in the ricocheting ball.
Just twelve minutes later, Chicharito atoned for his earlier penalty miss with a goal that was heavily assisted by Alex Buttner.
Just a couple of minutes later Buttner wowed the crowd with a strong run from well out wide, through the Wigan defence before sneaking the ball in from an almost impossible angle – the lad certainly doesn’t seem to lack confidence.
At this point, Fergie started to ring the changes with Scholes, Giggs and Vidic all going off for Van Persie, Nick Powell and Evans.
Van Persie just failed to connect with a cross that would have surely meant another scoring appearance for our new signing but Nick Powell made the most of his chance with a stunning drive from outside the area to wrap up the scoring and complete the scoring debuts for all our new signings.
All in all, a great result – the clean sheet was particularly pleasing – tougher tests lie ahead but this squad is starting to look like a squad that ticks all the boxes.