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DW Stadium (ATT 20,342) 1st January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Marriner

Wigan Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United Man Utd


Man Utd 4

J Hernandez (35, 63)
R van Persie (43, 88)

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  1. Manchester United still have a seven-point advantage in the title race after two goals apiece for Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie gave them the perfect start to 2013, while Wigan remain just above the relegation zone after a demoralising home defeat. Thanks for following our commentary and stay with us for all the reaction.

  2. The full-time whistle goes and Manchester United have run out comfortable 4-0 winners over Wigan Athletic to strengthen their position at the top of the table.

  3. 89

    Wigan's fans were already starting to stream out of the exits before that Van Persie goal and they are now heading out in their droves in an effort to beat the traffic.

  4. 87

    GOAL! Calamitous defending from Wigan presents Danny Welbeck with the opportunity to square the ball for Robin van Persie, and the Dutchman has the simplest of finishes for his second of the game.

  5. 86

    Maynor Figueroa tries his luck with an ambitious attempt from distance which flies high and wide of David de Gea's goal.

  6. 85

    Callum McManaman comes on for Shaun Maloney for the final few minutes.

  7. 84

    Wigan are finishing quite brightly here. They have improved considerably since that double change, with Jordi Gomez and Ronnie Stam making good contributions.

  8. 82

    Jordi Gomez steps up to take ownership of the free-kick and curls a sumptuous effort agonisingly wide of the crossbar. David de Gea certainly had to stay alert there, but he has had far too little to do for the rest of the match.

  9. 81

    Chris Smalling is perhaps a lucky boy here to only see yellow as he hauls down Arouna Kone. It is a clear foul and Kone would otherwise have been through on goal.

  10. 80

    Wigan have continued to battle hard in this second half but are leaving plenty of gaps to exploit at the back and Danny Welbeck looks desperate to impress in the closing stages.

  11. 78

    Sir Alex Ferguson makes his final change of the afternoon and brings on Danny Welbeck for Ashley Young.

  12. 77

    Ashley Young just appears to be hobbling with a bit of a knock at the moment, and he is probably not too appreciative to be given the ball just before being clattered into again by the touchline.

  13. 76

    Emmerson Boyce surges forward from the back for Wigan in a well-worked move and plays in Arouna Kone, but the Ivory Coast international sees his long-range shot blocked.

  14. 74

    Sir Alex Ferguson's main focus for the rest of the game will be on making sure his players keep another clean sheet, having shut out West Brom in a 2-0 win last time out.

  15. 72

    Ronnie Stam shows plenty of urgency to drive forward from midfield and get into the Man Utd box, but Jonny Evans makes an important block.

  16. 70

    The travelling United fans are in good voice inside the DW Stadium. They do not sound too worried about the possibility of a late Wigan fightback.

  17. 69

    Roberto Martinez responds with a double substitution of his own, as Franco Di Santo and Gary Caldwell make way for Jordi Gomez and Ronnie Stam.

  18. 68

    Sir Alex Ferguson takes the opportunity to make a couple of changes, with Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick going off to be replaced by Chris Smalling and Shinji Kagawa.

  19. 67

    Robin van Persie waltzes his way past a couple of Wigan challenges and it looks like he will score a sublime goal as he shapes to shoot from the edge of the area, but for once he cannot keep his effort below the crossbar.

  20. 65

    Wigan have been on the receiving end of a few pummellings from Man Utd and Roberto Martinez may be fearing the worst now, with 25 minutes still to play.

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