Barclays Premier League
JJB Stadium, Sat 14 October 2006
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
MANCHESTER UNITED 3
(Vidic 62, Saha 66, Solskjaer 90)
Wigan: Kirkland; Boyce, Hall, De Zeeuw, Baines; Teale (Valencia 69), Landzaat, Scharner, Kilbane (Todorov 69); Camara (McCulloch 60); Heskey. Subs not used: Pollitt, Jackson.
United: Van der Sar; Brown (Giggs 45), Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Solskjaer, Carrick, O’Shea, Scholes; Rooney, Saha. Subs not used: Kuszczak, Smith, Richardson, Jones.
Reaction: The Reds eased past FC Copenhagen 3-0 in midweek before beating Liverpool 2-0 at Old Trafford eight days later thanks to goals from Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand. League form continued to be strong, with eight wins in the next nine games before a 1-0 defeat at Upton Park in December. By then United were five points clear of Chelsea. The Blues would never make up the gap as United took the Premier League trophy back to Old Trafford after a three-year absence.