A much-changed Manchester United progressed to the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on Sunday afternoon.
The result ensured it would be an unhappy return to Old Trafford for former Reserves coach Warren Joyce, as Marouane Fellaini headed United in front, before second-half goals from Chris Smalling, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Bastian Schweinsteiger put the Latics to the sword, and the Reds into the hat for Monday’s draw.
Ahead of the match, Jose Mourinho made nine changes from the side that faced Hull in Thursday evening’s EFL Cup semi-final second leg, with attacking quartet Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, and Wayne Rooney among those returning to the starting line-up.
Backed by a vocal travelling support, Wigan started the game brightly and registered the game’s first attempt on goal through Callum Connolly, whose powerful drive was punched away well by Sergio Romero.
By contrast, United were struggling to get into any kind of rhythm during a difficult opening 20 minutes, though the returning Luke Shaw showed a glimpse of his ability with a positive run down the left. In a half of few goalscoring chances, the Reds’ first opportunity came on 24 minutes, as Shaw’s chipped pass was headed out as far as Mata, whose effort sailed comfortably over the crossbar.
Mourinho’s men then had an excellent chance to break the deadlock on the half-hour mark, as Martial sprinted forward and found the overlapping Tim Fosu-Mensah, but Mkhitaryan could only divert the defender’s cross wide at the far post.