Wednesday 30 December 2009
Old Trafford. Att: 74,560
MANCHESTER UNITED 5
(Rooney 28, Carrick 32, Rafael 45, Berbatov 50, Valencia 75)
WIGAN ATHLETIC 0
United: Kusczak; Rafael, Vidic (Anderson 68), Brown, Evra (Fabio 68); Valencia, Carrick, Fletcher, Park; Berbatov (Welbeck 68), Rooney.
Subs not used: Amos, Neville, Owen, Obertan.
Roberto Martinez's Latics were no match for the classy Reds, who were 3-0 up at the interval, as a one-sided contest unfolded at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney's expert near-post finish to a Rafael cross got the ball rolling before Michael Carrick swept an Antonio Valencia pass past Chris Kirkland. Rafael added a third just before the break by firing in from the edge of the box and then celebrating with his brother Fabio on the bench.
Dimitar Berbatov nudged in a Valencia centre in the second half and the Ecuador winger capped a fine display against his former club with a majestic finish after being slid in by Rooney.