United 5 - 0 Wigan

Valencia Carrick Evans(Fryers) Evra
Nani(Rooney) Gibson Giggs(Macheda) Park
Chicharito Berbatov

United scored another 5 nil win to make up for that dreaded Oct-Nov period. Our goal difference has suddenly surged by 15 goals in four games.  Park started the rout, Berbatov got an excellent hat-trick and Valencia capped a good performance with a powerful strike. Outstanding stuff.  

Sammon, or whatever he's called, was unjustly sent off
I try to be as forthright as possible when writing these posts so I've got to admit that Wigan should have never been reduced to 10 men. Then again, Phil Dowd should have given us another two penalties so things must have evened themselves out throughout the game, kind of. Anyway, I don't think we would have dropped any points today had Wigan played with eleven men. Maybe the scoreline would have been a tad different but the 3 points would have stayed at OT. We were in total control when they had 11 players.

I'm pleased with all our players albeit I expected better from Gibson and to some extent Chicharito. The former failed to stamp his authority against an average side lying in the bottom three and who were only made to look good, recently, by Liverpool and Chelsea. Gibbo didn't do too much wrong but he didn't do an awful lot right either and that's why I wasn't too impressed. Must try harder. At the back all players did well, especially Carrick who looked so composed even though that is not his natural position. Valencia was another player who stood out today.
Man of The Match Performance by Berba

I'm dedicating the penultimate paragraph to the unforeseen resurgence of Berbatov. Some of this blog's readers must be over the moon. He scored two excellent goals and then slotted home one of the most casual looking penalties I've ever seen. It was such a pleasant sight to see him smiling again after a strained start to the season. With Roo and Welbeck in scoring form, it's always great to have another player join them. All Fergie needs is to have Chicharito find his scoring touch as well. It's been a month since he scored that fortuitous goal vs Newcastle.

Chelsea and Liverpool dropped points so, while the latter were never in the title race, the former have virtually dropped out of the reckoning for the title. The battle is between us and City who dropped two precious points away to Albion. We are now joint leaders of the Premier League after putting FIVE past a premier league side while having TEN players missing. Who said Fergie has lost his touch of genius? Bring on Blackburn.

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