United 4 - 0 Wigan
Rafael Rio Vidic(Evans) Buttner
Nani Carrick Scholes(RVP) Giggs(Powell)
|Scholes....He Still Scores Goals|
After a lacklustre first half performance, our players must've taken on board whatever Sir Alex told them during the break. During the second period, our side looked more determined and wiped Wigan aside with some very good football. Scholes opened the floodgates with a tap in. Chicharito, who missed a penalty, was positioned well to score the second, while new boys Buttner and Powell both scored very good goals.
We were awarded a penalty barely 10 minutes into the game. From the live action, it looked like Welbeck was floored by El-Habsi. However the replays suggested that Welbeck took a dive. Justice was served since Wigan's goalie saved Chicharito's tame penalty. We never really looked like scoring during the first half and, apart from Buttner's lung busting performance, I thought there weren't any real positives to look at. However, we looked a different side during the second half. We attacked with intent and Wigan were never in the game.
|Man of the match|
Buttner was my man of the match today. His combative display won over the crowd. He managed to bag an assist and a goal by the end of the game. Our other left back, Evra, scored 3 goals during his United career. Patrice has been shit recently when defending and that goals stat shows that he can't really score a goal even if his life depended on it. He does cross the ball quite well though. Anyhow, this Buttner guy has given Fergie another option and thankfully the days when Evra was an automatic starter are over...or soon to be over. Admittedly, Buttner wasn't really tested enough for me to pass my judgement on his defensive abilities but he surely brings a lot of options at the front. He scored a very good goal albeit with a touch of luck but (quoting the words of the commentator) "He deserved that luck". Welcome to OT Alex!
Meanwhile I was equally pleased with Powell's goal. The way he took it was reminiscent of a young Scholesy. If he's half as good, then we've made a very good buy. Fergie certainly thinks he's got a really good player in young Nicky. I was also very relieved for Chicharito who got his first goal of the season. He looked a bit down in the previous games so a goal should do him the world of good. I don't like Chicha when he has the ball at his feet but his positioning in the box is just brilliant.
Turkish giants Galatasaray visit next. Let's hope we don't take Champions League football as lightly as last season.
FACTOn his 700th game for United, Paul Scholes completed 41/45 (91%) of his passes & scored a goal. Legend.
All our summer signings scored on their home debut. Van Persie & Kagawa vs Fulham and Buttner & Powell today.