November 14, 2018

Bastian Schweinsteiger gives United first assist since August 2015

Manchester United eased into the FA Cup fifth round with a 4-0 thrashing against Championship side Wigan on Sunday 29/01/17), at Old Trafford.

Marouane Fellaini’s simple header opened the score sheet on the stroke of half-time, and Chris Smalling doubled their advantage after the break from Anthony Martial’s cross.

The French forward provided his second assist of the game for United’s third goal, enabling Henrikh Mkhitaryan to tap home from close range, according to Sky Sports.

Embattled Bastian Schweinsteiger netted his first Old Trafford goal in the closing stages, turning past Jakob Haugaard with an overhead volley.

Martial, who was challenged to produce a performance by manager Jose Mourinho after he was left out of United’s previous two matches, also had a goal disallowed in a lively display.

Mourinho, who made nine changes to his side that was defeated by Hull City in the EFL Cup semi-final on Thursday, sent on substitute keeper Joel Pereira, 20, and defender Axel Tuanzebe, 19, for their debuts.

United manager Jose Mourinho indicated that they deserved the crucial win to enable them cruise to the last 16.

“We deserved to win. The first half wasn’t very good but we managed to lead 1-0 when we needed to play better.
“We knew they would be organised and play with aggression, would be very compact, and to break that down we needed to change a few things,” said Mourinho.

“The second half was much better. We deserved to win, the job is done and we are in the last 16. Overall I am happy with what we did,” he added.

Wigan boss Warren Joyce, who spent eight years working with United’s reserve team before joining the Latics, expressed disappointment for the loss.

“The gameplan was working, so we are disappointed to lose. We had good chances, the best chances really, certainly up to half-time. The timing of the first goal was unfortunate, then straight after the break we concede another poor goal,” said Joyce.

“It was bread-and-butter stuff – we deal with those balls week in week out, two headers at the back post. After that you can forget about the game; we were just chasing and were opening up. The only emotion is disappointment,” he added.

United have netted four or more goals in a game six times under Jose Mourinho (36 games), two more than they did in 103 games under Louis van Gaal.

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