Player ratings: Manchester United 4-0 Wigan Athletic

by Sam Peoples

Lindegaard – 6 He had little to do, kept it simple and straight forward when playing out from the back.

Rafael – 6 Solid defensively, didn’t get in on the scoring fun but played a good supporting performance.

Ferdinand – 7 A dominating performance with the touch of class we’re used to from this great player. Game 400 was passed in style.

Vidic – 7 Looked more like his old self, did more passing than defending, just a jog in the park.

Buttner – 9 The perfect debut with a majestic solo run for his goal and a brilliant assist. He’s breathed new life into the left back role and his speed and intensity set the pace for the entire team. And what a remarkable finish as well on that goal, the only way he could score was to hit the goalkeeper in just the right spot, a wonderful bit of creativity. He’s going to give Evra a run for his money.

Carrick – 7 Fantastic vision to pick out Nani on the right, whose shot rebounded off the keeper and dropped for Scholes for the opener. After a poor first half, he was in classic form in the second and he effortlessly controlled the midfield with his partners.

Scholes – 8 This ginger genius lives in the zone, he seems to have eyes in the back of his head, he runs a football game like a symphony conductor. His run into the box for our first goal was simple but crucial, he always knows where he needs to be. Took his 700th United game with the pure class Manchester United fans have become very well accustomed to.

Giggs – 7 It was wonderful to see the living legend in fine form, he constantly tucked in and acted more as a midfielder than a winger. He held off his man and provided an extra option in the centre to counter Wigan’s 3-4-1-2 formation. Calm and assured, he was a joy to watch. A typically brilliant performance on the occasion of his 600th league game.

Nani – 6 A solid performance. His shot in the 51st minute,which rebounded to Scholes lead to the first goal, is an assist in my book. He’d didn’t seem to take it out of 2nd gear, though we hardly needed more goals. But I’d like to see Nani taking on his man more aggressively.

Welbeck – 7 Unlucky not to score, won a penalty and was was constantly on the ball in the first half. He had several dangerous shots but had a hard time getting them on target. Still, he played Rooney’s usual role of spreading play from a position in behind the lead striker, where he rarely plays for us, and looked extremely comfortable.

Chicharito – 7 The penalty miss will be forgotten, but he must do better if he wants to take many more of them. Excellent instincts for the second goal, getting a crucial touch on a ball that Buttner hammered in front of goal. He needs to get more involved with build up play in general and his assist to Powell for our fourth was exactly what the doctor ordered.


Van Persie – 6 Barely managed to get into the game, but it was nice to see he looked free of injury. I’m sure he’ll start against Galatasaray and Liverpool, we’ll need him at his best.

Powell – 7 There’s nothing like scoring on your debut at Old Trafford in a Manchester United victory. It was a classic Powell goal, pace and power from outside the box, a really terrific shot worthy of the occasion.

Evans – 6 The important thing is that we have another centre back and he looked fit. Let’s hope any pain he’s feeling is just part of the healing process.

The second half was a vintage Manchester United performance, a day to remember and a game to watch over and over again. Besides the historic milestones passed by Scholes, Giggs and Ferdinand, we were gifted a double treat with debut goals for Buttner and Powell.

The first half looks like it was a warm up now for a second half that was practically perfect. Buttner’s solo run was the highlight, dancing, dodging and deflecting his way through a host of defenders and finishing the only way possible from that angle: off the goalkeeper. Have no doubt he his the exact spot he was aiming for on that one. Overall, a fantastic game.

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