I thought the Wigan match was going to be an important one for Manchester United, because it was really go the squad ready for what is going to be a busy season. According to ManUtd.com, Manchester United was able to defeat Wigan by a score of 4-0 in front of 75,000 fans at Old Trafford. Just like that the Red Devils find themselves in a nice position concerning the standings of the Premier League, but more than that the team has set off on the right foot for the midweek Champions League clash.
I really like that Paul Scholes was able to score in his 700th appearance, and it was also good to see Chicarito Hernandez put one in the back of the net as well. In addition, Alex Buttner made an impressive debut that saw him earn a goal as well. All things considered it was a stellar performance from a strong side. I was however a bit disappointed that Danny Welbeck, who terrorized the Wigan defense all match, came away without a goal, but Welbeck will get plenty of chances as the season progresses.
I was also a touch surprised that Anders Lindegaard received another start over David de Gea, and if Lindegaard continues fine play, de Gea could find it difficult to get back onto the pitch. That being said, as Manchester United's schedule is full enough to accommodate both keepers, but it has not exactly been a secret that de Gea has made a few mistakes in his time behind the United defense, according to the Metro. Truth be told, de Gea has a habit of making me nervous, especially when other teams crowd him on corners. This will be an interesting competition to watch develop throughout the season.
I was not really surprised that Sir Alex left Kagawa and van Persie on the bench for the start of this contest. He chose his side carefully, and Welbeck and Hernandez looked perfectly fine paired together in the attack. What will be interesting is who gets to play with van Persie until Wayne Rooney returns from injury. Sir Alex will have his hands full selecting a squad for every match, but I am pretty sure he is up to the challenge.
The victory over Wigan puts Manchester United in a great position and keeps the spirits of the players high. With any luck the elation turns into more goals in the coming days.
Jason Gallagher is a long-time Manchester United fan, following the performances of the Red Devils since the days of Eric Cantona and David Beckham.