Well that wasn`t what we expected was it?
Although, in the match preview, I`d touted Wigan as being tough opposition I never seriously thought they`d deprive us of any points let alone take all three and thereby giving City a glimmer of hope in the title race.
But then again I didn`t reckon that United would turn in the kind of performance that didn`t really deserve anything other than the ‘hairdryer` from Sir Alex Ferguson. From the first minute until the last, there seemed a lack of urgency and an unwillingness to match Wigan`s desire, ambition and will to win.
In fact, whilst we`re continuing on the honesty trail, the result could have been a lot worse as Wigan seemed to have a good goal disallowed in the first half. When Maloney delivered a decent cross and Moses rose to head home, Phil Dowd penalized Caldwell for a push on the Spanish keeper without actually noticing that Caldwell had, himself, been pushed into the keeper by Jonny Evans.
The performance was so abject that Sir Alex pulled off Ashley Young at half time but it didn`t change things. Only five minutes after the half had restarted Wigan did, legitimately, take the lead. Now whether united were too worried about the aerial dominance of Caldwell and took their eyes of the ball is up for debate, but the team totally missed the corner being played short and when Maloney skipped past a half-hearted challenge from Rooney, his arcing shot arrowed into the net.
Sir Alex took Rooney off but for all our huffing and puffing United couldn`t get back on level terms. Off course we could point to a penalty appeal that was turned down when Jones cross appeared to hit the arm of Figueroa and we could also harp on about the fact that the corner for the goal wasn`t as Beausejour had taken the ball out of play, but instead I`d prefer to look at this result as the kick up the backside we needed to ensure that we don`t falter in our remaining games, in our run-in, and that the title trophy comes home again.
Concluding, well done to Wigan and congratulations to Maloney for scoring the first goal, for Wigan, against us in 9 hours and 22 minutes, we got exactly what we deserved last night – NOWT!
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