On January 8, 2024, Manchester United emerged victorious against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup fourth round, securing a 2-0 win on a cold night at DW Stadium. Diogo Dalot and Bruno Fernandes were the stars of the match, with Dalot scoring in the 22nd minute and Fernandes securing the win with a penalty in the 74th minute. This victory was a much-needed relief for the 12-time FA Cup winners.
United’s Struggle and Relief
Manchester United, currently eighth in the Premier League and out of Europe and the League Cup, were eager for a win in the FA Cup. Manager Erik ten Hag expressed the importance of the knockout nature of the tournament, emphasizing the need to finish the job. Their next challenge will be a visit to the winners of the third round replay between Newport County and Eastleigh F.C. in the fourth round.
Dalot and Fernandes Shine
Dalot’s goal in the 22nd minute, preceded by a shot from Marcus Rashford, boosted United’s confidence. Fernandes later doubled the lead with a penalty in the 74th minute. Despite the win, United missed several opportunities to score, with Rashford and other players coming close but failing to convert.
United’s Dominance and Wigan’s Efforts
United dominated the match with 33 shots, 14 on target, compared to Wigan’s nine. Although Wigan had previously caused a major upset by beating Manchester City in the 2013 FA Cup, they were unable to match United’s performance in this match. Wigan manager Shaun Maloney expressed pride in his players despite the challenging match.
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