Roberto should not be discouraged
Well, the less said about this the better, one would think.
The way Wigan played attacking-wise, you would have said they certainly didn’t deserve to be pummelled by so many goals. With a slightly dodgy defensive performance, though, there was always the chance we were going to be punished severely. It wasn’t always that way – the first half passed by with no goals and Wigan actually in the ascendency as the 45-minute mark came.
Man U created a hatload of chances, but up until the first goal had only managed to find Chris Kirkland’s gut numerous times. Lucky? Probably. It could easily have been 2-0 Man U at half time.
For 55 minutes, Wigan looked competitive and came from the half-time break looking very promising. Alas, ’twas not to be, as the floodgates seemed to open, unfortunately. You could sense that a collapse was coming after the second goal, which turned into an almost complete capitulation by the third. After that, well, it ceased to be a contest.
On the plus side, nobody expected Wigan to win here, and at least they gave it a really good go. Gomez in particular looked threatening, and N’Zogbia caused the Manchester United defense some real problems. At one point, you thought the way things were going we might just sneak a victory here.
I do not think Martinez should be deterred from continuing in much the same vein – after all, this was Manchester United. Granted, a Man U side that had just been beaten by Burnley, but those kind of weird results do squeeze through the cheese grater at this stage of the season. But I have to say I much prefer it to hoofing the ball up field to your big attackers as a general tactic, not naming any names (cough, Steve Bruce).
Just a few immediate after-match thoughts, but I think we’ll let the dust settle on this for a while. And oh yes, and despite the fact he scored today, Berbatov has not done anything to persuade me he is not a complete donkey. Sorry, Dimi.