United hammer sorry Wigan

Champions Manchester United bounced back from that surprise to Burnley with a 5-0 hammering of Wigan at the DW Stadium. Wayne Rooney scored a brace in the rout and Michael Owen scored the first goal of his United career.

Rooney scored twice as the champions destroyed Wigan
Rooney scored twice as the champions destroyed Wigan

Champions Manchester United bounced back from that surprise to Burnley with a 5-0 hammering of Wigan at the DW Stadium. Wayne Rooney scored a brace in the rout and Michael Owen scored the first goal of his United career.

United made seven changes to the side beaten at Turf Moor and it seemed to do the trick. United had to wait until the second half to open the scoring. Wayne Rooney finding the net with a header from a superb Antonio Valencia cross. It was the England stars 100th goal for the champions.

Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov extended that lead just two minutes later, with a sublime effort. Rooney scored the third via a deflected shot off Wigan defender Mario Melchiot. Michael Owen scored the fourth after replacing Rooney in the 73rd minute, clipping home a effort in to the cornet of the net following good play from Nani. The England striker finding the net for the first time since joining in this summer.

Portuguese winger Nani completed the scoring in stoppage-time, firing home a exquisite free-kick from 25 yards. This result was a fantastic answer to the critics who were criticising United after that defeat at Turf Moor in midweek. The champions can now push on and start the season from here.

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