Manchester United 5-0 Wigan Athletic | Statistics & Post-Match Quotes

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mate Patrice Evra (L) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on December 26, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

TEAM STATISTICS

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MUFC

Wigan

Shots (on target)

20 (8) 9 (2)

Total Passes

475 303

Passing Accuracy

84% 80%

Ball Possession

60% 40%

Tackles won

24 19

Interceptions

13 18

Fouls

11 11

Corners

10 2

Offsides

0 0

MUFC PLAYER STATISTICS

* Anders Lindegaard (goalkeeper): 19/27 passing (70%), 2 saves, 0 goals conceded

* Michael Carrick (right-center-back): 41/42 passing (98%), 1 key pass, 4/4 long balls, 3 tackles, 4 interceptions, 0 clearances, 1 shot blocked, 0 fouls, 2/2 aerial duels (100%), 1 assist

* Jonny Evans (left-center-back): 11/12 passing (92%), 0 key passes, 0/1 long balls, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 4 clearances, 1 shot blocked, 2 fouls, 3/4 aerial duels (75%)

* Antonio Valencia (right-back): 63/73 passing (86%), 3 key passes, 4/12 crosses, 1/2 long balls, 4 tackles, 3 interceptions, 0 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 1 foul, 0/1 aerial duels (0%), 1 shot (1 on target), 1 goal, 1 assist

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 33/37 passing (89%), 1 key pass, 1/2 crosses, 4/4 long balls, 5 tackles, 1 interception, 1 clearance, 0 shots blocked, 2 fouls, 1/1 aerial duels (100%), 1 assist

* Darron Gibson (central-midfield): 76/80 passing (95%), 1 key pass, 1/2 crosses, 7/7 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 2 tackles, 1 interception, 4 shots (1 on target), 1 assist

* Ryan Giggs (central-midfield): 44/55 passing (80%), 3 key passes, 1/4 crosses, 7/9 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 0 fouls won, 0 tackles, 1 interception, 1 shot (0 on target)

* Nani (right-winger): 30/43 passing (70%), 2 key passes, 1/6 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/2 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 1 foul won, 3 tackles, 1 interception, 3 shots (on target)

* Park Ji-sung (left-winger): 44/52 passes (85%), 0 key passes, 0/5 crosses, 2/2 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 3 successful dribbles, 3 fouls won, 4 tackles, 0 interceptions, 3 shots (2 on target), 1 goal

* Javier Hernandez (striker): 19/21 passing (90%), 2 key passes, 1/1 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 2 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 shot (1 on target)

* Dimitar Berbatov (striker): 28/38 passing (74%), 1 key pass, 0/0 crosses, 1/2 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 2 fouls won, 5 shots (3 on target), 3 goals

* Zeki Fryers (left-back | substitute 45'): 20/23 passing (87%), 0 key passes, 1/2 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 2 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 2 fouls, 0/0 aerial duels, 0 shots

* Wayne Rooney (central-midfield | substitute 64'): 33/44 passing (75%), 2 key passes, 1/5 crosses, 6/7 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 0 fouls won, 0 tackles, 1 interception, 2 shots (0 on target)

* Federico Macheda (left-winger | substitute 64'): 14/18 passing (78%), 0 key passes, 0/2 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 1 foul won, 0 tackles, 1 interception, 0 shots

POST-MATCH QUOTES

Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of MUTV)

(On his side's current form...) "As I said some weeks ago, somebody was going to suffer. We're really hitting good form now and there's a real goal threat about us from all departments. If we're top of the league or joint top with City by New Year's Day I'll be happy."

(On Berbatov's hat-trick performance...) "It was the right game for him. I needed his height for set-pieces against us and he's weighed in with a hat-trick. We're really pleased for him and it helps with confidence. Dimitar hasn't had the best of starts to the season in terms of selection given the options I have with Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez, so I'm really happy for him."

(On United's injury and illness situation...) "We have had a nightmare the last few days. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have been both ill. Rio Ferdinand called off yesterday with a back injury and Jonny Evans has come off at half-time. It does put you under pressure."

Park Ji-sung | MUFC midfielder (courtesy of MUTV)

(On United's performance and current standing in league...) "It's our aim to be at the front. We always try to perform in this period of the season and we're just trying to make our performances higher. We're still only halfway through the season and we will continue to press City. Quite a few players changed {against Wigan} compared to the last game, but we still kept up the same performance as we did against Fulham. It's good for the team and it proves that our squad is strong. Early goals make us more confident and energetic for the rest of the game. We always try to keep going and stay concentrated. Early goals help that a lot"

(On the injury situation at United...) "You know over the last couple of years we've always done that {carried on winning despited injuries}. We'll hopefully get our defenders back quickly because the coming games are very important for us. We changed a lot of players but still we kept the performance high and that has helped us win the league {in the past}. Hopefully that won't change this season."

Patrice Evra | MUFC defender (courtesy of MUTV)

(On the United mentality and the versatility of it's players...) "This is the United spirit: you can play everywhere. If you want to win, you have to accept it. You can see Antonio Valencia playing right-back as well. Only because United play like a team. The team is the star, not only one player, that's why you can put me and Michael Carrick at centre-back; we're going to win because it's the team effort and team spirit. That's why I'm confident. I've said that from the beginning - in six years playing here - the Man United spirit. No one team has got that spirit. This is United. This is why I'm so proud to play here."

(On United's current form and improved performances since Basel...) "I think it was a big disappointment when we went out early in the Champions League but I think it was a wake-up call because maybe everyone looked at themselves in the mirror and said 'we can do much better'. What the fans expect of every player, we are doing now. That's why I'm very pleased. Nothing is easy; it's because we're working hard. If we stopped working hard and think only with the United name, everything is going to be wrong. That's why we have to keep going with this momentum and trust each other because it's a big squad and everyone wants to show they deserve to play. If we win and score goals and keep many clean sheets, like we did tonight, we're going to be at the top of the league at the end of the season."

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