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Wigan Athletic 1(2)-0 Manchester United

 Shaun Maloney of Wigan scores to make it 1-0  during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United at the DW Stadium.
Shaun Maloney of Wigan scores to make it 1-0 during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United at the DW Stadium.

The day after the night before. To be honest, I am still in a state of up most shock as to just what happened. Wigan Athletic beat Manchester United, by keeping a clean sheet and stopping them from playing anything remotely like football. That in my eyes sums up what I and all 19,000 Wigan fans saw.

It was the combination of months of pain and hurt, and now somehow the lads are playing like world beaters, you have to wondered, why on earth haven't we been playing like this all season?

The passing, the movement and the defensive organisation is something that we have want for the past two seasons, and now we have it, you have to feel that it will be that kind of performance level that will keep us in the Premier League.

So I have digressed just a little but allow me these small cases. I am on cloud nine right now, and not sure when I will be getting back down!

Well Wigan started off like a thunder clap. I had that feeling that it was too early for us to peak straight away. But it was an action packed few early minutes, as the lads worked their socks of closing Manchester United down, and looking to win the ball and playing around and frustrating Manchester United.

We really did that for the first 20 minutes. United didn't muster an attack, while Wigan were wondering how we hadn't scored down at the other end, after Franco Di Santo had turned Jonny Evans. But the Argentinian striker was unable to make the most of his charge at goal.

Next Jean Beasuejour would have the chance to rifle in a shot. Following the games first corner where David de Gea failed to make a decent contact with the ball. It fell to our Chilean winger, who completely missed hit his shot, the ball actually going out for a throw in.

Victor Moses would then come close twice (scoring once) for Wigan. His first attempt came when he closed down Jonny Evans wide of the left hand side, where he retrieved the ball before cutting in on his right side to have a shot. The ball hit Rio Ferdinand and went out for a corner. From the resulting corner, which was delivered by the excellent Shaun Maloney. An unmarked Victor Moses would power the header home. Much to the delirium of the Wigan fans who hadn't stop making noise all the first half.

Yet the linesman flag said no goal. At the time I wondered why and now I wonder why even more. The foul in question was given on David de Gea after he was supposedly fouled by a standing Gary Caldwell. It was a very soft foul to give, the keeper hasn't looked to get past Gary, and Gary hasn't looked to block of the keeper he has just stood in his position and watch the ball go to Moses.

Yet another ridiculous refereeing decision. It couldn't happen again?

In this time while we had been rampaging and United's goal. They had must one attack which so easily could have been a goal. A very unproductive Wayne Rooney interchanged a one two with Ryan Giggs, before Micheal Carrick picked out the Welsh winger. Who's cross into the box was nearly deflected in by a Maynor Figeruoa block. A warning that United can have flashes of brilliance at any time.

The second half though, I was feeling fearful of. We all know what Sir Alex is like, and it wouldn't have surprised me if the United players go the full force of the hairdryer treatment. So with that I expected to see a new United come into the second half. Instead what we saw was a new Wigan, who must have been hurt by another poor decision, wanted a goal.

We didn't have long to wait. Five minutes into the half and we were already 1-0 up. Jean Beasuejour having won a dubious corner. At the time I didn't think it was and now I know it wasn't. Some justice for Latics?

From the resulting corner, a Maloney-Beasejour one-two saw Maloney in acres of space after knocking the ball easily past the on rushing Wayne Rooney. The Scotsman lined up a shot and curled a peach of a shot into the far post of the goal. That one was not going to be taken away from us!

To say the atmosphere exploded would be an understatement, the fans were fantastic all game. Cheering and pushing the players on and willing them to beat United. Well it worked didn't it.

The next 40 minutes passed ever so so slowly for us all. Wigan were looking tired after the effort and we started to sit back. Even the buoyant Franco Di Santo was feeling the affects of charging up and down the pitch all game and he was soon removed by Mohamed Diame to add some fresh legs.

Yet this was to cause us no end of trouble, as we struggled to get out of our own half continually. But we defend valiantly. Keeping our heads and making clean and strong challenges the way football was meant to be played.

When a United player got free someone would go with him. Freshly on Nani couldn't do anything to get pass the watchful eyes of Emerson Boyce who worked and harried the winger. While Danny Welbeck looked to have broken free had it not been for two great tackles one for Antolin Alcaraz and the other from Maynor Figueroa.

Eventually though United would see sights of goal. But Ali Al Habsi only had to make a few tame saves, and also charge out to a very sloppy back pass but he dealt with it all. And our luck seemed to be holding out for us.

That even continued when it looked quite clearly like Maynor Figeruoa handled the ball in the box after trying to kick away an Antonio Valencia cross. The ball instead going out for a corner.

We were now playing on the counter attack because of the continual United pressure and twice could Victor Moses have put the game to bed. The first time his great run saw him get through wide on the right one on one with the keeper, his low shot blocked.

The next chance would come after Connor Sammon's fresh legs would mean he powered past the United back four, before turning to lay the ball back to Diame, who's initial shot was blocked before he passed it of to Moses, who's shot again was cleared.

It was getting nervy and the five minutes added time didn't help. Yet the lads headed, clear and tackled everything up to the final whistle to send the fans in to ecstatic celebrations. That may not be what keeps us up mathematically, but those points and the belief is now with Wigan Athletic.

Keep the Faith!