Manchester United Vs. Wigan, 2011 Premier League: 10-Man Wigan Demolished

Manchester United scored in the 7th minute against Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford. Then Connor Sammon was sent off for being kind of near Michael Carrick. It comes as no surprise, then, that United demolished their opposition. Dimitar Berbatov scored an impressive hattrick and Antonio Valencia got a fifth as the Latics were put to the sword.

They never really had a chance, of course - despite good performances against Chelsea and Liverpool at the DW Stadium Wigan couldn't have had much hope of getting a result against Manchester United away from home, and they played reasonably well until Sammon's harsh red card. Still, despite only playing against 10 men it was an impressive performance from an injury-hit United side.

The 5-0 win takes them to level on points with league leaders Manchester City and within five points of goal differential, which would have been pretty improbable sounding at the beginning of the month, when United were struggling and City surging. The defending champions' title challenge has well and truly ignited.

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