Starting in the 59th minute at Old Trafford, Wigan Athletic lost two men in the span of three minute, leaving the Latics with nine men to face Manchester United. Roberto Martínez saw Antolin Alcarez sent off for picking up a second card. Then, three minutes later, a horror challenge from Hugo Rodallega saw the striker sent off.
Alcarez's sending off saw few objections. Having picked up a yellow mid-way through the first, the Paraguayan was given his matching orders for a foul on Darren Fletcher. Already down a goal, the captain's dismissal left Wigan down a man.
Three minutes later, Rodallega jumped with both legs extended into a 50-50 ball, batching Rafael da Silva and earning the obvious red card. De Silva proved fine on a play that could have dangerous, but Rodallega was deservedly dismissed.
With Wigan down to nine men, the match's drama centers less around the outcome than Wayne Rooney, who just elevated for a cross from da Silva, putting a strong effort over the cross bar. Rooney is making his first appearance in just over a month, being sidelines with an ankle injury.