Stalemate at Old Trafford

Manchester United missed the opportunity to go close the gap at the top of the table to a solitary point after Wigan Athletic frustrated the hosts at Old Trafford to come away with a well-earned point from the 0-0 draw. Unfortunately due to the inclement weather, we didn’t have a livetweet feed, so stats and tables are given below. Additionally, Wigan were fined £25,000 by the FA after six of their players were cautioned during the match. The fine was triggered in the fourth minute of stoppage time when Ben Watson was cautioned for time-wasting. Sigh.

manutd_away2013_statsWigan can take great pride in the point, but have failed to find the back of the net in their last two matches. McDonald Mariga made his debut, being generally useful in the centre of midfield. Wigan’s next match is on Saturday evening hosting Leicester City for a place in the last eight of the FA Cup, where we can expect the Latics to field a much more attacking line-up after packing the midfield at Old Trafford to stifle the service Wayne Rooney (20 goals in all competitions this season).

Southampton look increasingly doomed at the foot of the table, effectively 11 points adrift. manutd_away2013_table

POST-MATCH ADMIN:

Backroom Meeting:

  • Number of training schedules adjusted for younger players
  • David Jones removed from the transfer list
  • Reginaldo and Mariga assigned to trainees for guidance
  • Reginaldo praised privately for his recent form
  • Criticising Alex Ferguson to the media was declined as a suggestion by manager GS

Meeting with Albert Crusat:

Crusat: This doesn’t have to leave this office for the time being but I think you’re valuing me too highly and it’s preventing me from moving clubs.

Surman: I feel you are underestimating your worth to this team.

Crusat: I can now see it from your viewpoint. I’m sorry for wasting your time.

Wigan Reserves v. Leicester Reserves:

Curiously, before their FA Cup meeting this coming weekend, Wigan and Leicester reserves met in Group 2 (A) with Wigan running out 2-0 winners courtesy of two goals from Jean Beausejour.

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