Manchester United kicked-off the New Year in sublime fashion, as the Red Devils registered a triumphant 4-0 win over relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic.
In the corresponding fixture last season, the Lactic registered an impressive win, but they failed to produce any spark this time around.
Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez were the two names registered on the scoresheet and here are some talking points from the game.
Michael Carrick- United’s Unsung Hero
Against Wigan, Michael Carrick yet again put in a solid display for United in the centre of the park.
Apart from two or three instances when he gave away the ball cheaply, the England international looked flawless throughout the game. The 31-year-old acted as the field general of his side’s play- picking out colleagues with his pin-point passing skills, intercepting and breaking down Wigan’s attacks and giving Tom Cleverley the freedom to venture ahead in the final third.
The English media may never appreciate him, but Carrick is without doubt, one of the most essential players of the United team and his performances will be very pivotal if the red side of Manchester are to win any silverware this term.
Javier Hernandez- Finally Evolving into a Starter?
Apart the two ‘classic’ goals against Wigan, the overall contributions of Javier Hernandez too should not go unnoticed.
Playing as the frontman of United’s attack, the Mexican finally proved his worth as a starter.
Hernandez often drifted back to participate in build-up play, swapped positions with the wingers and produced passes and through balls which in many instances, disorganized the oppositions’ backline.
In the past, we have often seen Hernandez unable to exert any influence when starting for United, but the match at the DW Stadium proved that these claims will be surely put to bed in the coming few months.
Title Within Sights?
With the win over Wigan, United have navigated the Christmas period unscathed.
Added to that, with almost all of the first-team players are expected to return to full-fitness in the coming two-three weeks and with the club having already made the pivotal and taxing away trips to Stamford Bridge, Etihad Stadium and Merseyside, it is safe to say that the title in now within the sights of the Red Devils.
All they now require is a relatively solid back-four for the second half of the season and perhaps no lapses in concentration during the business end.
Yes, it is too premature to say that the Red Devils will win the title, but one cannot ignore the fact that they are now the prime favourites for English supremacy.987998