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The Ruthless and The Toothless

Manchester United
5 - 0
Wigan Athletic

Old Trafford

30/12/09

Attendance: 74,560

Referee:

Yet another abysmal performance turned in by players not fit to wear the shirt, they maybe have a bit of skill but most lack the passion to turn that skill into something worthwhile.

We turned up today looking to play a containing game with a packed midfield, yet we stood two yards off United players and gave them so much time on the ball in and around our own penalty box that it was embarrassing.

For the second tonking in a row Martinez picked the wrong team, at Old Trafford possession is of a premium and it is very important when you have the ball to keep hold of it, so why oh why did he expect Rodallega to be able to play the lone striker role and hold the ball up when the manager himself has admitted that he isn`t strong enough to do that, Jason Scotland was sat on the bench and for all his misgivings and he does have many, his hold up play and link up play is quite good and a lot better than Hugo`s who is an off the shoulder striker.

What an occasion for Cho Won-Hee to make his first start? The hot news today is of the South Koreans return to South Korea because Martinez doesn`t think him good enough to play regularly for the Latics and we find him thrown in at the deep end, clearly no where near match fit and so far off the pace I was hoping he was going to be replaced after 20 minutes, he lasted the full 90.

The goals when they came where poor defensively though by the time Rooney had notched the first one on 28 minutes we could and should have been four behind, Rafael was allowed oceans of space and eons of time as he crossed in from the right and Rooney met the ball at the near post with a prod of the foot 1-0.

7 minutes later Michael Carrick scored as though he was in a training session and just before half time United full back Rafael was given time to dance about in the Latics box before he fired home to make it 3-0.

Mike Pollitt replaced Chris Kirkland in the Latics goal at half time and shortly after Pollitt carried on where Kirkland left off picking the ball out of the net on 50 minutes when Berbatov converted Valencia`s cross after the Ecuadorian was given the freedom of Old Trafford by the Latics defence.

Valencia himself concluded the scoring when he was allowed to run into the area and slam home a powerful shot on 75 minutes and at 5-0 Latics were some what flattered

Both Thomas and N`Zogbia showed signs of descent when they were replaced and there appears to be some trouble at mill, personally I thought we looked like a non-league side who had drawn a plumb cup tie and just gone for the thrill, only we played with a lot less passion, desire and belief.

United were ruthless but the Latics were toothless, a pathetic apology for a performance, in my opinion much worse than the shambles at Spurs, something must give.

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Wednesday December 30 2009
Time: 11:11PM

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Joke of a performance today
worbo
30/12/2009 23:15:00
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Well that's spot on Baz. Attitude from some of these players has been shocking, but a few simply aren't good enough at this level and are stealing a living. We need to bring in some quality and a clear out at the same time.
zakidaman
30/12/2009 23:52:00
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yes! Thomas played well.
anggelo
30/12/2009 23:56:00
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WIGAN WERE ABSOLUTELY USELESS TODAY.WHEN YOU GUYS PLAYED AGAINST US,UR BOYS PLAYED AS IF, IT WAS A CUP FINAL OR THE LAST DAY OF THE SEASON FOR RELEGATION SCRAP FIGHT CLUBS.HOWEVER,AGAINST MANURE,U GUYS WERE LETTING GOALS IN LIKE A CHEAP PROSTITUTE.SO,HOME AND AWAY,MANURE UTD HAVE BEATEN U GUYS BY AN AGGREGATE OF 10-0.AND U'VE STILL GOT TO PLAY SPURS AND ARSENAL.MAYBE SPURS WILL SCORE 9 MORE AND LE ARSE WILL SCORE ATLEAST 5 GOALS.WHY DO TEAM ALWAYS GIVE MANURE AN EASY GAME,ANYWAY.IN WIGAN'S DEFENCE THOUGH,DAVE WHELAN IS A MANURE FAN...SO HIS BELOVED MANURE CAN'T BE DEFEATED BY WHIPPING BOYS,WIGAN.EVERTON,WOLVES AND THE LOT OF THEM JUST GO TO MANURE STADIUM TO LOSE.WELL,ATLEAST UR MANAGER IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD COS HE BEAT A 10 MAN CHELSEA.LOL.AND U GUYS CAN'T EVEN SEEM TO BEAT BLACKBURN.I HOPE U GUYS GO DOWN
CHELSEAGEE
31/12/2009 08:16:00
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In terms of reinforcements, Martinez has made a start with a Serbian goalie and the Chilian defender - ponce; and apparently an Ivory Coast defender maybe on the way. As for last night. Yes we were poor, but lets put things into context. Sir Alex had arguably his strongest team out. His defence was almost full strength (I'd rather have Brown than Rio as a defender), the midfield of Carrick, Fletcher, Park and Valencia was hard working and attacking and then he played his two best strikers! United were awsome, their approach play was fast and incisive, far better teams than wigan would have got tonked last night. I think we all know Martinez needs to buy more strikers and possibly an attacking midfielder to increase our chances of scoring, but all the calls to sack the manager are ridiculous. We play much better football now, we create far more chances, we just need to get the players in to finally play the way Roberto wants to. Everyone should take a deep breath and relax. We need to keep figgy during the window and lets see who else we can bring in.
markgreen433
31/12/2009 08:28:00
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I agree Mark, deep breath required, it was always going to be a hard season and its proving to be so, I still think Bobby is the right man for us
worbo
31/12/2009 09:53:00
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