unsettle captain Nemanja Vidic, but the Serbian knows how to deal with big, strapping centre-forwards who like to throw their weight about. The Latics, relegated to the Championship last season, failed to even test David De Gea in the United goal. Even losing Rafael to an early injury – he was replaced by Chris Smalling - and the disruption that caused to the back four didn't affect United's control of the match. The Reds’ defence would relish more outings like today’s during the 2013/14 campaign.
Move of the match The link-up play between van Persie and Evra was superb for United’s opener, but the second goal also saw Cleverley and Welbeck involved. After Evra had found Cleverley, the midfielder slotted a pass to Welbeck who found van Persie on the edge of the area. His shot may have taken a large deflection off James Perch, but that doesn’t take away from the quality of the build-up.
In the stands United outnumbered Wigan's fans by a ratio of 10:1 and there was great support for Ryan Giggs on his 21st outing at Wembley for the Reds. United fans also sang their hearts out for David Moyes.