Wigan 1 Manchester United 3

Louis Saha

Wi­gan Ath­let­ic 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 3, JJB Sta­dium, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Oct­ober 14, 2006. Pre­mier Lea­gue ta­ble top­pers Man­chester Uni­ted came from be­ing a goal down to de­feat Wi­gan Ath­let­ic by three goals to one. Ne­manja Vid­ic, Louis Saha, and Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer net­ted the goals for Uni­ted af­ter Leigh­ton Baines had giv­en Wi­gan an early lead. 

On a sunny Oct­ober Sat­urday af­ter­noon at JJB Sta­dium in Wi­gan, Paul Jewell´s troops took the ad­vant­age thanks to an ab­so­lutely mag­ni­fi­cent long-dis­tance free-kick by Leigh­ton Baines wi­th just five min­utes gone on the clock. The Pre­miership lead­ers came clo­se on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions as the fir­st ha­lf wore on and the vis­it­ors must have wondered how they were a goal down at the break. Man­chester Uni­ted nev­er­the­less came back a lot sharp­er in the sec­ond ha­lf and equal­ised thro­ugh Ne­manja Vid­ic who net­ted wi­th a power­ful head­er from a cor­ner-kick by Ry­an Gig­gs a couple of min­utes pa­st the hour ma­rk be­fore tak­ing the lead for the fir­st time in the ga­me when Louis Saha ham­mered ho­me a good left-si­de cross by Way­ne Roo­ney in the sixty-sixth min­ute of pro­ceed­ings. Man­chester Uni­ted con­tin­ued their at­tack­ing in­tens­ity and The Reds had their third goal of the mat­ch as the al­ways dan­ger­ous Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer fou­nd the onion bag wi­th a well-pla­ced low shot in stop­page time to seal a three-one vic­tory ag­ainst The Lat­ics. Wi­gan Ath­let­ic Te­am: Chris Kirk­land, Paul Scharner, Ar­jan de Zeeuw, Fitz Hall, Em­mer­son Boyce, Kev­in Kil­bane, Leigh­ton Baines, Denny Landz­aat, Emile Hes­key, Ga­ry Teale, Henri Ca­mara. Sub­stitutes: Lee Mc­Culloch, Svetoslav To­dorov, An­tonio Va­lencia, Matt Jack­son, Mi­ke Pol­litt. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ed­win van der Sar, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Wes Bro­wn, Rio Fer­dinand, Ne­manja Vid­ic, John O’Shea, Mi­chael Car­rick, Paul Scho­les, Way­ne Roo­ney, Louis Saha, Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer. Sub­stitutes: Ry­an Gig­gs, Alan Smith, Kier­an Richard­son and Da­vid Jones, To­masz Kuszczak.


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Man­chester Uni­ted over­came Wi­gan Ath­let­ic by four-nil in the Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup Fi­nal on the twenty-sixth of Feb­ruary 2006 wi­th an at­tend­ance of 67,000 people at Mil­len­ni­um Sta­dium in Cardiff.


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