It was a poor first half performance from Manchester United, but we really turned it on. Four goals, started by the 700 man Paul Scholes, and ended by substitute Nick Powell secured all three points in what turned out to be a comfortable win.
The story of the game will undoubtedly be Alexander Buttner. He scored the third, while grabbing an assist for the second. However his overall performance was outstanding. He showed great energy to get up and down the left flank all day. He used the ball very well, not only keeping hold of possession, but also sending in some dangerous crosses. And he defended his post to an accomplished standard. He looks to be a good size, which will stand him in good stead in the physical Premier League and he also looks to be strong when challenging. He picked up a booking late on in the first half, but the ball was there to be won, and although the tackle was a little rash, I like that in him. We need fighters in our team.
It all could have been much easier in the first half. Danny Welbeck went down in the first five minuted from a challenge from the poor Al Habsi in the Wigan goal. He came charging out needlessly. However Danny Welbeck was..... easy to go to ground. It most reminded me of the penalty he won against Chelsea at the Bridge last season. I think there was contact, but he certainly looked for it. The penalty was taken by Javier Hernandez and was saved. It was a poor penalty with no power on it. If you are going to place it, I feel it has to be lofted top corner so the keeper can't reach it. I personally would put power on every penalty if I had the choice.....
It was a scrappy first half. Nani had a decent chance went put through one on one after some good build up. Yet he tried a silly chip that went a mile over. Seriously guys.... POWER.... PUT YOUR FOOT THROUGH IT once in a while!!
There were no changes at half time, but Sir Alex Ferguson must have been tempted with the likes of Antonio Valencia, Robin Van Persie, Tom Cleverley and Shinji Kagawa waiting to be called. However his patience was well rewarded. Paul Scholes added to his impressive tally of goals, yet this one was one of the easier chances he has ever had a look at. With Scholes at the edge of the area, Micheal Carrick looked as if he was going to just drop a pass at his feet. Yet he dropped a shoulder, turned the other way and passed to Nani, who was left in a world of space after three Wigan men went chasing after Scholes, waiting for a pass that never came. The Ginga Ninja then ghosted forward as Nani crossed low, and the ball fell wonderfully at his big toe to poke home.
The second did not take long at all to come. Emerson Boyce was defending deep on the left side, the ball was played back too Alexander Buttner, who fed it to Chicarito, who made a run behind the CB's. Boyce played him onside and Chicarito appied a simple finish. The type of chance he loves (Apparently he doesn't like penalties........)
Buttner then wowed the Old Trafford crowd. Picking the ball up just inside the Wigan half, he drove hard towards the box. He slipped past the men in blue, who each offered weak challenges. He entered the box and he still had the ball at his feet. He looked for all the world as if it had to be a cross played. Yet he went for goal despite the tight angle and Al Habsi let it slip through him and into the net. What a way to mark your debut. And credit has to go to the United scouting team. Where the hell did they find him from? Lets hope he continues this form. Patrice Evra sure will be worried for his place.
The 4th was just sublime. Nick Powell, to put it simply, did put his foot through it (Someone had to). I am sure he will contribute with many a goal from centre midfield in the years to come. We look to have maybe snagged a Frank Lampard kind of player. Maybe not quite as prolific in front of goal, but I feel as though he will be better in possession.
On Wedensday night, we entertain Turkish outfit Galatasaray, followed on Sunday by a trip to Anfield in what will surely be a highly charged atmosphere. Make sure you join us for both of these games.
BRING IT ON!