Wigan Athletic yet again was victim to a referee bottling a decision against a ‘top’ club. Latics more than held their own for most of this game but managed to get on the wrong end of a 4-0 score line, one that flattered United.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE – DW STADIUM – Saturday 26th February 2011


Javier Hernandez (17,74)
Wayne Rooney (84)
Fabio Di Silva (87)

Mark Clattenburg will be the one that will take the headlines as he failed to send off Wayne Rooney as he maliciously elbowed James McCarthy in the 7th minute, a decision that set the tone for the game as he and Scholes were allowed to get away with murder.

It was a very frustrating game as Clattenburg stopped the game so much as Man United threw themselves to floor on every occasion. Latics were keeping possession well and had they been better in front of goal, could well have been 3 up inside twenty minutes.

Had it not been for Van der Saar in the first 15 minutes it could well have been Latics on a rout, but the Dutchman was on top form. McCarthy was visibly shook after the elbow/forearm he received from Rooney, but the referee offered only the United players the protection.

But as I mentioned, the decision to let Rooney off without even a yellow and not to punish some cynical fouls by United left the lads deflated again and didn’t deserve the end scoreline. 4-0 was very flattering and didn’t depict the way the game panned.

The full match report will follow soon

Cockney Latic Man of the Match: Ben Watson
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne and Wear)
Attendance: 18,140
26 Ali Al Habsi 1 Edwin van der Sar
3 Antolin Alcaraz 22 John O’Shea
5 Gary Caldwell 3 Patrice Evra
2 Steve Gohouri 12 Chris Smalling
31 Maynor Figueroa 15 Nemanja Vidic
21 Mohamed Diame 18 Paul Scholes
10 Charles N’Zogbia 24 Darren Fletcher
4 James McCarthy 16

Michael Carrick

20 Hugo Rodallega 10 Wayne Rooney
11 Victor Moses 14 Javier Hernandez
8 Ben Watson 17 Nani
12 Mike Pollitt 29 Tomasz Kuszczak
13 Steven Caldwell 6 Wes Brown
24 Adrian lopez 20 Fabio da Silva
6 Hendry Thomas 21 Rafael da Silva
14 Jordi Gomez 28 Darron Gibson
16 James McArthur 9 Dimitar Berbatov
7 Franco Di Santo 41 Joshua King
7′     Red Card Should have been Rooney
17′     Goal Javier Hernandez
64′ Player Off Victor Moses
Player On Franco di Santo
69′     Yellow Card Javier Hernandez
74′     Goal Javier Hernandez
76′     Player Off Javier Fernandez
Player On Dimitar Berbatov
76′     Player Off Pasul Scholes
Player On Darren Gibson
84′     Goal Wayne Rooney
85     Player Off Nani
Player On Fabio da Silva
87′     Goal Fabio da Silva
89′ Player Off Ben Watson
Player On Jordi Gomez
89′ Player Off Charles N’Zogbia
Player On James McArthur

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