Barclays Premier League
Wednesday 13 May 2009
Wigan Athletic 1 (Rodallega 28)
Manchester United 2 (Tevez 61, Carrick 86)
Wigan: Kingson; Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa; Valencia, Cattermole, Scharner, Brown, N'Zogbia (Mido 82); Rodallega.
United: Van der Sar; O'Shea, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Anderson (Tevez 58), Carrick, Scholes (Giggs 75); Ronaldo, Berbatov (Park 89), Rooney.
Back then, Sir Alex’s men knew that victory would place them on the brink of Premier League title glory with just a handful of games to go – a situation reminiscent to that of the present day.
United do not do things easily though and were forced to come from behind after Hugo Rodallega slotted past Edwin van der Sar to hand the home side - featuring Antonio Valencia - a shock lead.
It took two moments of individual brilliance to overturn the deficit, as Carlos Tevez exquisitely back-heeled in before Michael Carrick smashed into the top corner from the edge of the area.
“We just had to be patient against a tough side, but it was a real gutsy performance,” recalled Sir Alex, after the match.