Manchester United 4 Wigan 0
Manchester United had edged out newly promoted Southampton by 3-2 at St Mary´s in their previous Premier League match thanks to a treble from summer signing Robin van Persie, while Wigan Athletic had played out a 2-2 draw to Stoke City at DW Stadium. Wigan had defeated United the last time the teams met in the Premier League, however, with attack minded midfielder Shaun Maloney scoring the only goal of the clash early in the second period. The story was different this time, though, as long serving manager Sir Alex Ferguson was able to celebrate his 500th League game at Old Trafford with a win over The Latics. After a goalless first half, United took full control of the game after the resumption, and goals from Paul Scholes, Javier Hernandez, Alexander Buttner, and Nick Powell saw the well organised home team complete a fine 4-0 victory. The first frame of the tie was rather boring with not a lot happening, while the second half was played at a frenetic pace. An age defying performer, Ryan Giggs appeared in his 600th Premier League match for Manchester United against Wigan, and his fellow midfield veteran Paul Scholes also had something to celebrate as the former England international starred in his 700th game for The Reds. And as expected before the match, Manchester United had no problems whatsoever in disposing of Roberto Martinez´s Wigan team in a rather one-sided fixture. Sir Alex´s men should have gone into an early lead already on four minutes, but a weak spot kick from Mexican frontman Javier Hernandez was stopped by away goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi. The save gave the visiting side a confidence boost and they kept the red shirts at bay until the sound of the half time signal.
But events took their inevitable course. A mere six minutes into the second period, Paul Scholes recorded his 155th goal for Manchester United when the midfield entrepreneur slammed the ball in the net from close range after the Wigan shot stopper could only parry a dangerous low cross ball from Portuguese international Luis Nani. New boys Alexander Buttner and Nick Powell also made a major impact as the aggressive home players decided to move up a gear. In the 63rd minute of the battle, United doubled their lead when a ferocious effort from Buttner was deflected into the back of the net by teammate Hernandez. Then in the 66th minute of the action, the £3.9 million summer singing from Dutch Eredivisie club Vitesse Arnhem hammered home United´s third goal of the afternoon before Powell scored the fourth from twenty-five-yards out with only eight minutes remaining of normal time. It was an amazing debut for Nick Powell and Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise for the young and talented England U19 international after the clash with Wigan. Born in Crewe, Powell made his debut for local club Crewe Alexandra as a second half substitute in a 3-2 League Two defeat to Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road on the 19th of August 2010, and managed to notch up a total of 64 first team outings for The Railwaymen before he was signed by Manchester United on the 2nd of July 2012. Manchester United Team: Anders Lindegaard, Rio Ferdinand, Rafael da Silva, Nemanja Vidic, Alexander Buttner, Luis Nani, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck. Substitutes: David de Gea, Antonio Valencia, Jonathan Evans, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa, Nick Powell, Robin van Persie.