It kind of feels like piling on, since I’ve made cracks about Wigan since pretty much the first day of this blog’s existence, but I have to admit I was getting a little worried, season-wise, for the first 45 minutes of today’s match (following on a similar disturbance from the Burnley match.) Then I got less worried. Rapidly.
I’m still not entirely pleased with the fact that the finishing waited until the second half, considering how thoroughly United was drubbing the Wigan defense (Melchiot, particularly, looked like he wanted to be somewhere else) and Paul Scholes, one of my all-time favorite players, is looking grizzled. But Rooney’s performance, Owen’s debut goal, and Nani’s pretty little free kick were all quality stuff.
And Berbatov. His self-service was in the finest of styles (second goal):
Despite the scoreline, it wasn’t a match from which to extrapolate season-long success – Wigan looked and seemingly felt beaten, even before they started getting beat. But it certainly provided entertainment, and necessary points after Wednesday.