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REPORT: WIGAN ATHLETIC 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 2

16 July 2016

Hard working Latics go down 2-0 in Mourinho's first United match.

  • Latics' hard work undone as Keane and Pereira grab goals in 2-0 United win.
  • 14 players involved as Grigg and Powell have first pre-season minutes.
  • Jose Mourinho claims 2-0 victory in first game in charge.

WIGAN ATHLETIC 0

MANCHESTER UNITED 2

Keane 49
A.Pereira 58

Latics' pre-season campaign continued on Saturday afternoon with a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in Jose Mourinho's first game in charge as the Red Devils' new manager, as Gary Caldwell's hard working side were undone by goals from former loanee Will Keane, alongside Andreas Pereira.

Following on from Wednesday's 0-0 draw at Chester FC, 14 Latics players were involved in the showcase friendly at the DW Stadium, with Will Grigg's first piece of action since his return from the Northern Ireland squad at UEFA EURO 2016, as well as a home debut for Dan Burn.

Latics also welcomed back two returning stars to the DW, with Nick Powell a second half substitute after re-signing for the club earlier in the week, as well as trialist Ryan Taylor's first appearance in a Latics' shirt at home since leaving the club for Newcastle United in 2009.

The visitors controlled the flow of possession for large spells, but Latics' work rate shouldn't go unnoticed, with determined performances across the pitch.

United worked the ball in and around the middle third without particularly threatening Latics' goal, but Burn and Morgan had to remain alert in the centre of defence to block out first, Memphis Depay, and then Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan on his debut.

The big money summer signing almost opened Latics up midway through the first half when he beat Stephen Warnock down Latics' left and teased a cross to towards the arriving Depay on the opposite side, but the wide man couldn't turn the ball home from close range as he fired agonisingly wide.

Latics' patience almost paid off shortly after when a quick thinking short free kick allowed Michael Jacobs to dance between two defenders into the area, but his cross from the left had too much on it for Grigg arriving the centre.

With Latics standing firm to frustrate United in the final third, Jesse Lingard turned to trying his luck from distance only to shoot wide right of Jussi Jaaskelainen's goal, before Mkhitaryan was allowed space to arrive onto the end of Lingard's cross, but as Donervon Daniels lost his footing in the area, the playmaker sliced his first time effort over the bar.

The visitors shuffled their deck at half time, with Phil Jones, Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj, Pereira, Ashley Young and former Latics men Antonio Valencia and Keane showing their strength in depth, as they replaced Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Depay and James Wilson.

Latics found themselves behind shortly after the restart when Jaaskelainen was caught out by Mata, who blocked his pass left to Burn, before teeing up Keane for a tap in at close range.

Young, Mata and Januzaj were making the moves for United to open up spaces, but they doubled their lead with a clever set piece and a small slice of luck.

Mata faked a free kick from wide right, allowing Young to find Ander Herrera in the middle of the box, he first time shot scuffed into the path of Pereira who swept the ball home for 2-0.

Latics continued to work hard throughout, and although United remained confident in possession, the introduction of their former forward Powell ruffled a few feathers.

The 22-year-old held no niceties for his old team mates, barging his way around midfield on the end of fouls, while dishing similar treatment out himself.

Latics also drafted in first year professional James Barrigan to form part of a three man attacking midfield behind Craig Davies who replaced Grigg at half time.

The sounding of the referee's final whistle brought a close to the 2-0 defeat, but not to the weekend of football, as Caldwell now gets his side ready for a second pre-season friendly in two days against Liverpool on Sunday.

Latics: Jaaskelainen, R.Taylor (Trialist) (Barrigan 72), Perkins, Daniels, Power, Grigg (Davies 46), Huws (Powell 72), Burn, Jacobs, Morgan, Warnock
Unused subs: Nicholls, Cosgrove, Whitehead, Gregory, Burke, Lang, O'Brien

Man Utd: Johnstone (J.Pereira 82), Fosu-Mensah (Jones 46), Shaw (Mata 46), Bailly (Tuanzebe 82), Depay (Valencia 46), Wilson (Keane 46), Mkhitaryan (Young 46), Lingard (A.Pereira 46), Carrick (Januzaj 46), Blind (Varela 74), Herrera (Blackett 74)


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