Wigan 1 Manchester Utd 0
Wigan Athletic 1 Manchester United 0, DW Stadium, English Premier League, April 11, 2012. Premier League leaders Manchester United suffered a surprise defeat to relegation candidates Wigan Athletic. The only goal of the match came in the 50th minute as Shaun Maloney beat United keeper David de Gea with a fierce shot from outside the penalty box.
Manchester United, who had only dropped two points since Paul Scholes came back into the fold, entered this fixture on the back of a comfortable 2-0 Premiership triumph against Mark Hughes´s Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford, while The Latics had suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. At DW Stadium, Wigan went on to dominate large parts of the first period, but The Latics were unable to take full advantage of their ball possession. Then, in the 22nd minute of proceedings, Manchester United and Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans was correctly yellow carded by referee Phil Dowd for a tough challenge on Wigan striker Franco Di Santo. After 29 minutes of play, however, Nigerian international winger Victor Moses had the ball in the net from a Shaun Maloney corner, but it was controversially disallowed by the referee to the utter dismay of the angry home supporters. Although Sir Alex Ferguson eventually responded to the pressure by making a substitution at the break with dynamic midfielder Tom Cleverly coming on for the anonymous Ashley Young, the hosts took the lead five minutes into the second half when Jean Beausejour found Maloney who powered the ball from the edge of the area past David de Gea and into the net. After 65 minutes, Ferguson decided to replace Wayne Rooney with Luis Nani, but the substitution made little difference as the home side held on to win the game. Wigan Athletic Team: Ali Al Habsi, Antolin Alcaraz, Maynor Figueroa, Gary Caldwell, Emmerson Boyce, Jean Beausejour, James McArthur, James McCarthy, Shaun Maloney, Victor Moses, Franco Di Santo. Substitutes: Ronnie Stam, Albert Crusat, Jordi Gomez, Ben Watson, Mo Diame, Conor Sammon, Mike Pollitt. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Paul Pogba, Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley, Ji-Sung Park, Luis Nani, Danny Welbeck, Ben Amos.