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Wigan 0-2 Man Utd: Erik ten Hag’s side see off League One Latics in FA Cup

Manchester United proved too strong for League One Wigan Athletic as Erik ten Hag’s side moved into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Diogo Dalot fired the 12-time winners into a 22nd-minute lead with a fine curling strike after the impressive Marcus Rashford had a shot blocked.

Rasmus Hojlund’s diving header clipped the bar, Rashford had an attempt fumbled against the post by Wigan goalkeeper Sam Tickle and Alejandro Garnacho’s well-hit 20-yard effort also bounced off the woodwork as United pushed for a second.

Martial Godo failed to make a clean connection from six yards to waste a rare chance of an equaliser for the hosts before United secured the victory in the second half.

Bruno Fernandes won a penalty, with his foot clipped by Liam Shaw’s challenge, before the Portuguese midfielder got up to convert from the spot for United’s second goal.

The draw for the fourth round took place just before kick-off and Manchester United will play at either Newport County, 18th in League Two, or non-league Eastleigh – 11th in the National League and the second-lowest ranked side remaining.

Those clubs will have a replay next week after it ended 1-1 at the weekend in south Wales, with round four taking place over the last weekend of January.

  • Wigan v Manchester United as it happened, plus reaction and analysis

‘A massive competition everyone wants to win’

United had 33 attempts, scoring twice, with Tickle doing well to keep the score down to just 2-0 and Ten Hag was content with the victory.

“It’s all about the win,” the Dutchman said. “In the first half the way we played, how we worked the ball and created a lot of chances, was pleasing to see.

“We should’ve scored more but the good thing is we created the chances. We have so many [players out with] illness or injured and we still had quite a good side.

“We were confident of winning this game and we would never underestimate an opponent. We knew they would fight for their lives as it was the game of their lives but we took the game well.

“This is a massive competition and everyone wants to win it, every manager is eager to win it so we took it seriously.”

The match was played in front of the first sold-out crowd at DW Stadium in more than 10 years, with Wigan, who almost went out of business in the summer before being rescued when local businessman Mike Danson bought the club, looking to cause the shock of the round.

The attendance of 22,870 was the highest at the ground for a football match since 23,001 watched Wigan play Aston Villa on 19 May 2013 – the Latics’ last match in the Premier League.

Sir Dave BrailsfordSir Dave Brailsford (second right), who will become one of the Manchester United directors when Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s 25% purchase of the club goes through in February, was at DW Stadium sitting next to former United chief executive David Gill (second left)

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Professional United get job done

The home side nearly made a dream start but Thelo Aasgaard’s strike, with only the goalkeeper to beat, was superbly saved by Andre Onana in what could be his last match for United before he joins the Cameroon squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

That attempt gave the home fans hope of watching Wigan, 18th in League One, create their biggest FA Cup shock since beating Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City 1-0 in the fifth round at DW Stadium in 2018, also as a League One side.

The FA Cup is United’s last remaining hope of salvaging something from a tough season that has already seen them lose 14 times.

They are eighth in the Premier League, their defence of the Carabao Cup ended in the last 16 and a miserable Champions League campaign saw them not only finish bottom of the group but ended their involvement in European football before Christmas.

The importance of this competition was shown by Ten Hag naming his strongest possible line-up and his team then threatened to overpower a side 54 places below them in the English football pyramid.

Scott McTominay and Rashford failed to convert chances, and it was no surprise when the visitors went ahead through Dalot’s excellent curling shot.

Hojlund and McTominay missed opportunities as United should have wrapped up the tie before half-time.

Wigan, managed by Shaun Maloney – a member of the side that beat Manchester City 1-0 in the 2013 final for the finest moment in the club’s history – had to soak up a lot of pressure, but could have levelled had Godo adjusted his feet quicker when central, or if Stephen Humphrys’ shot had deflected into the bottom corner instead of going just wide.

But the Latics never looked like forcing an equaliser after that before Fernandes’ penalty clinched a deserved, much-needed victory for United.

FA Cup: Ten Hag feels Man Utd should have scored more against Wigan

Maloney said he had no complaints about the result or the penalty for United’s second goal, and added: “In terms of the effort, I’m very proud of what the players gave.

“It was a difficult match and United played very, very well and were a really tough opponent. We tried to be as aggressive as we could and we found it tough.

“We kept going and needed some saves from our goalkeeper. Manchester United had a lot of chances but I can’t criticise the effort of the team.

“When we played under pressure we showed some talent and some players had good individual performances. It’s never nice to get beaten but I hope we take something from it in the next few weeks.

“They are a really good team with the ball and their attacking players are some of the best in the Premier League.”

Player of the match

TickleSam Tickle

with an average of 7.14

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Wigan Athletic

Avg

  1. Squad number1Player nameTickleAverage rating

    7.14

  2. Squad number17Player nameGodoAverage rating

    6.61

  3. Squad number10Player nameAasgaardAverage rating

    6.06

  4. Squad number6Player nameHughesAverage rating

    5.97

  5. Squad number5Player nameSteven SessegnonAverage rating

    5.92

  6. Squad number26Player nameAdeekoAverage rating

    5.91

  7. Squad number19Player nameLangAverage rating

    5.89

  8. Squad number4Player nameMorrisonAverage rating

    5.88

  9. Squad number7Player nameClareAverage rating

    5.87

  10. Squad number16Player nameShawAverage rating

    5.83

  11. Squad number18Player nameSmithAverage rating

    5.78

  12. Squad number11Player nameHumphrysAverage rating

    5.77

  13. Squad number14Player nameJonesAverage rating

    5.68

  14. Squad number28Player nameMagennisAverage rating

    5.65

  15. Squad number20Player nameMcManamanAverage rating

    5.42

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Manchester United

Avg

  1. Squad number37Player nameMainooAverage rating

    6.55

  2. Squad number20Player nameDiogo DalotAverage rating

    6.49

  3. Squad number17Player nameGarnachoAverage rating

    6.35

  4. Squad number35Player nameEvansAverage rating

    5.97

  5. Squad number19Player nameVaraneAverage rating

    5.78

  6. Squad number24Player nameOnanaAverage rating

    5.75

  7. Squad number29Player nameWan-BissakaAverage rating

    5.69

  8. Squad number39Player nameMcTominayAverage rating

    5.62

  9. Squad number28Player namePellistriAverage rating

    5.40

  10. Squad number53Player nameKambwalaAverage rating

    5.30

  11. Squad number11Player nameHøjlundAverage rating

    5.26

  12. Squad number62Player nameForsonAverage rating

    5.12

  13. Squad number46Player nameMejbriAverage rating

    5.07

  14. Squad number8Player nameBruno FernandesAverage rating

    4.76

  15. Squad number10Player nameRashfordAverage rating

    4.12

  • Line-ups
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Line-ups

Wigan

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Tickle7Clare4Morrison6Hughes5S Sessegnon16Shaw26Adeeko17Godo10Aasgaard14Jones11Humphrys

  • 1Tickle
  • 7Clare
  • 4Morrison
  • 6Hughes
  • 5S Sessegnon
  • 16ShawSubstituted forSmithat 78’minutes
  • 26Adeeko
  • 17GodoSubstituted forLangat 90+2’minutes
  • 10Aasgaard
  • 14JonesSubstituted forMcManamanat 78’minutes
  • 11HumphrysSubstituted forMagennisat 59’minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Wyke
  • 12Amos
  • 15Kerr
  • 18Smith
  • 19Lang
  • 20McManaman
  • 28Magennis
  • 31Carragher
  • 34Robinson

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

24Onana29Wan-Bissaka19Varane35Evans20Dalot39McTominay37Mainoo17Garnacho8Bruno Fernandes10Rashford11Højlund

  • 24Onana
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 19Varane
  • 35Evans
  • 20DalotSubstituted forKambwalaat 83’minutes
  • 39McTominay
  • 37Mainoo
  • 17GarnachoSubstituted forPellistriat 87’minutes
  • 8Bruno Fernandes
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forForsonat 90+2’minutes
  • 11HøjlundSubstituted forMejbriat 90+2’minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bayindir
  • 22Heaton
  • 28Pellistri
  • 46Mejbri
  • 47Shoretire
  • 52Hugill
  • 53Kambwala
  • 62Forson
  • 66Bennett

Referee:Anthony TaylorAttendance:22,870

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamMan UtdPossessionHome33%Away67%ShotsHome9Away33Shots on TargetHome2Away14CornersHome2Away12FoulsHome6Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Manchester United 2.

  2. 90’+5′

    Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Manchester United 2.

  3. 90’+4′

    Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonny Smith (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thelo Aasgaard.

  4. 90’+3′

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    Facundo Pellistri (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. 90’+3′

    Post update

    Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

  6. 90’+2′

    Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Hannibal Mejbri replaces Rasmus Højlund.

  7. 90’+2′

    Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Omari Forson replaces Marcus Rashford.

  8. 90’+2′

    Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum Lang replaces Martial Godo.

  9. 89′

    Post update

    Foul by Scott McTominay (Manchester United).

  10. 89′

    Post update

    Thelo Aasgaard (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. 88′

    Post update

    Hand ball by Scott McTominay (Manchester United).

  12. 88′

    Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Josh Magennis.

  13. 88′

    Post update

    Attempt blocked. Raphaël Varane (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcus Rashford.

  14. 87′

    Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Facundo Pellistri replaces Alejandro Garnacho.

  15. 87′

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    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Liam Morrison.

  16. 86′

    Post update

    Attempt missed. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Scott McTominay.

  17. 84′

    Post update

    Attempt missed. Thelo Aasgaard (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jonny Smith.

  18. 83′

    Post update

    Attempt saved. Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott McTominay.

  19. 83′

    Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Willy Kambwala replaces Diogo Dalot.

  20. 82′

    Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Sam Tickle.

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