Manchester United earned a 4-0 win over Wigan after answering some questions surrounding the squad over the past few weeks. Winning nine matches in a row, United was beginning to look like a force in English football again, but this level of football was then added to by two draws and a loss to Hull City, three matches in which United looked sub-par on many levels. However, United showed their class and squad depth against Wigan, with goals from Marouane Fellaini, Chris Smalling, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Bastian Schweinsteiger to win the match for United.
The match will be a massive morale boost for United, who looked lethargic in the opening 30 minutes before Anthony Martial was moved out to the wing. Martial profited from the added space that was compressed when he was playing up top, and he earned two assists as a result. Schweinsteiger was the best player on the pitch in his first start for United in over a year, as a metronomic presence in midfield who earned his goal and assist. Finally, it was promising to see Jose Mourinho give his first two youth debuts, allowing Axel Tuanzebe to come on at right-back and Joel Pereira to replace Sergio Romero in-goal for the final minutes of the match. Both players hold promise and we will likely see more of them at United in the future.
Goals: Marouane Fellaini 44′, Chris Smalling 57′, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 74′, Bastian Schweinsteiger 81′
Assists: Bastian Schweinsteiger 44′, Anthony Martial 57′, 74′, Ander Herrera 81′
Manchester United: Romero (Pereira 80′); Fosu-Mensah (Tuanzebe 68′), Smalling, Rojo, Shaw; Fellaini (Herrera 70′), Schweinsteiger; Mata, Rooney, Mkhitaryan; Martial
Substitutes Not Used: Blind; Young; Ibrahimovic, Rashford