Wigan vs Man Utd LIVE: FA Cup third round result and reaction as Bruno Fernandes penalty secures victory

Ten Hag on Onana, contract extensions, Sancho exit and the FA Cup

There was no fairytale FA Cup giant killing for Wigan Athletic as they hosted Manchester United on a cold Monday night at the DW Stadium. Shaun Maloney’s side slipped to a 2-0 defeat against the Red Devils whose greater quality was evident for all to see.

Things could have been different though as the hosts created the first chance of the night. Martial Godo nipping down the right wing to set up Thelo Aasgaard on the left side of the box only for Andre Onana to charge down the shot. From there though it was all United.

They were wasteful in front of goal and, coupled with a fine display from goalkeeper Sam Tickle, found it difficult to score. The deadlock was broken by a wonderful curling effort. Marcus Rashford slipping the ball to Diogo Dalot just inside the penalty area with the defender having enough time to set himself and pick out the far bottom corner.

In the second half there were a few nervous moments for the visitors. Nothing too stressful and when Bruno Fernandes’ theatrics bought his team a penalty, which he himself converted, that put the game past Wigan.

Relive the action from the DW Stadium below plus get the latest odds and tips right here:


Manchester United’s wasteful win over Wigan shows just how much they still need to improve

Pep Guardiola knows what it is like, Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini too. Erik ten Hag does not, and that represents hope of salvaging silverware from a sorry season. Three times in the last 11 years, Wigan had upset the odds and ejected a Manchester club from the FA Cup. Each was Manchester City, each a better team than Ten Hag’s Manchester United are now. But they averted embarrassment with an emphatic performance, if a relatively narrow scoreline, to set up a tie where defeat would be a still greater humiliation.

Newport or Eastleigh await in the fourth round, with a path to the last 16 looking navigable for last season’s runners-up. On a night when Ten Hag’s forwards were rampant at times but wasteful at others, a defender, in Diogo Dalot, broke the deadlock and Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty: United’s chance conversion rate this season remains resolutely low but they can at least hope their season has a happy finish.

Mike Jones8 January 2024 22:25


FT Wigan 0-2 Manchester United

Since being eliminated by Swansea City in the third round in 2014, Manchester United have progressed in each of their last 10 such ties in the competition, conceding just one goal during that time.

Mike Jones8 January 2024 22:37


Reaction from United’s Diogo Dalot

Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot, spoke to ITV after the match saying: “I think we created a lot of chances. We could have put the ball in the net more than we did. Overall we controlled the game, we had some good moments and I’m glad that we won.

“It gave us more confidence. We were needing the goal so we could be more calm and not rushing to score. We created a lot and could have scored more. It’s what we missed today.

“It brings some good, new energy with positive feelings [Sir Jim Ratcliffe buying into the club]. We’re looking to the future with the good energy. You can feel at Carrington the motivation they have brought in.

“We’re Manchester United and we want to win everything.”

Mike Jones8 January 2024 22:27


FT Wigan 0-2 Manchester United

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Mike Jones8 January 2024 22:11


Man City set for trip to Tottenham as Manchester United beat Wigan to reach FA Cup fourth round

FA Cup holders Manchester City will make the journey to London as they take on Tottenham Hotspur in a mouth-watering fourth round clash.

This fixture is one of several all Premier League ties with Chelsea set to host Unai Emery’s high-flying Aston Villa and Newcastle making the trip to Fulham.

Premier League leaders, Liverpool, will host Norwich or Bristol Rovers at Anfield while Manchester United, who defeated Wigan Athletic 0-2 on Monday night, take on either Newport County or Eastleigh.

Mike Jones8 January 2024 22:09


Full-time! Wigan 0-2 Manchester United

90+4 mins: There goes the final whistle.

Wigan held their own against Manchester United and have been beaten by a cracking goal from Diogo Dalot and a penalty that probably should not have been given.

It was an impressive performance from Shaun Maloney’s men but they were fortunate that the scoreline wasn’t worse. United were horribly wasteful in front of goal but they’ve got the job done and make it through to the next round.

Mike Jones8 January 2024 22:07


Wigan 0-2 Manchester United

90 mins: Josh Magennis receives the ball inside the Man Utd penalty area. Under pressure he looks to bring the ball down and shoot but it runs away from him and the chance goes begging for Wigan.

Four added minutes to play.

Mike Jones8 January 2024 22:03


Wigan 0-2 Manchester United

Thelo Aasgaard breaks free and unleashes a low effort from outside the penalty area. The shot has Andre Onana interested for a while but the goalkeeper pulls his hands away and lets the ball run wide of the far post.

A Wigan goal would make things interesting.

Mike Jones8 January 2024 21:58


Wigan 0-2 Manchester United

83 mins: Baba Adeeko is pushed off the ball in the middle of the pitch and United work it quickly to the edge of the box. A half cross/half shot comes in from the right but it’s snatched safely by Sam Tickle.

The Wigan goalkeeper has proven himself a valuable asset this evening.

Mike Jones8 January 2024 21:56


Wigan 0-2 Manchester United

80 mins: Bruno Fernandes is now being booed by the home fans following his antics in winning the penalty. Wigan bring the ball down the right wing and whip a cross into the box only for Andre Onana to pluck the ball out of the air.

Mike Jones8 January 2024 21:54


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