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Valencia scoring against his old club, one of many who impressed !

Match Report – Manchester United 5-0 Wigan Athletic

Competition: FA Barclays Premier League
Kick-Off & Date: 8pm, Wednesday 30th December
Venue: Old Trafford (Home)

A 5-star 68th Birthday present for the legend, Sir Alex Ferguson on a chilly Manchester night against Wigan. Goals from Rooney, Carrick, Rafael, Berbatov and Valencia got the New Year’s celebrations off to a good start, catching up with Chelsea to 2 points and a helping hand to our goal difference.

The first goal, in the 28th minute came from a very familiar name – Wayne Rooney; Valencia down the wing, who layed it off to Rafael – with a stunning cross, found Rooney’s foot and he slotted it home dutifully, after numerous other close chances from the man in-form.

Then in the 31st – Dimitar Berbatov side-footed the ball out-wide to Valencia who took one look, and spotted Carrick – back on the edge of the box, Carrick slotted it home for United’s second.

The third came on the stroke of half-time, Fletcher picked out Rafael Da Silva in the box, Rafael then rounded 5 Wigan players and then the goalkeeper in a stunning goal. His celebration showing brotherly-love – he ran straight over to the dugout, and pointed to his twin, Fabio. It was a well deserved goal for an outstanding performance from the Brazilian star !
Rafael Da Silva
Rafael scored a well-deserved and stunning goal !

Wigan replaced their under-preforming goalkeeper Chris Kirkland with Michael Pollitt for the second half, and as much as you might feel sorry for Wigan – United weren’t stopped there !

Antonio Valencia was involved once again when his magnificent cross landed at the feet of Berbatov, who tapped-in for United’s forth in the 50th minute, this was just after Rooney had hit the crossbar with a great header, created by Berba !

The main question on everybody’s lips at ‘The Theatre Of Dreams’ was, ‘are they finished yet ?’ – No !

Wayne Rooney made another good run across the pitch, he fed in United’s in-form Ecuadorian winger, Valencia – who lobbed the sliding Wigan keeper in the 75th to complete a 5-star display.  
Wigan’s ex-star Valencia came back to haunt them !

United now lie just 2 points off the summit and 5 goals did no-harm to the goal difference. 2009 has been a fantastic year for United – except for Champions League Final disappointment, but the rout against Wigan leads the way into a promising 2010 !


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