MANCHESTER- Three days after advancing to the EFL Cup final, the FA Cup holders eased past Wigan to book a place in the fifth round with a 4-0 victory.
Jose Mourinho made 9 changes to his side after Thursday’s trip to Hull City seeing Bastian Schweinsteiger make his first start in over a year, Luke Shaw returned to the line up for the first time since November and struggling Anthony Martial got the start like Mourinho promised.
Wigan started the game off very well with some early half-chances which United were able to cope with, but it was a lacklustre start from the holders who were playing in front of their own crowd.
United’s first chance came almost 30 minutes in when Mhkitaryan teed up Mata who’s shot went over the bar. Minutes later, Fosu-Mensah’s cross found Mhkitaryan at the back post who’s effort went just wide and would’ve rounded up a great play.
A below-par United performance looked a little better at halftime after a great passage of play it was Marouane Fellaini who got on the end of Schweinsteiger’s brilliant cross with a header to see United into the break with a 1-0 lead.
After a dull start to the second half, United doubled their lead right before the hour mark after Anthony Martial delivered a nice cross which met Chris Smalling back post to knock the stuffing out of Wigan.
United fans had more to cheer about when shortly after going 2-0 up, 19 year-old academy product Axel Tuanzebe came on for his professional debut for Tosu-Mensah who wasn’t able to continue.
The holders got a third goal that really sealed the win in the 75th minute after a beautiful counter attack ended when Martial got his second assist of the afternoon finding Mkhitrayan in the box who slotted it home.
Wigan had just one opportunity late on for their fans to cheer on after the youngster Browne came on and had a close chance.
It was a day of debuts when Portuguese goalkeeper Joel Pereira came on for his United debut in the last 10 minutes of the game.
After what has been a rough season for Bastian Schweinsteiger, his afternoon got better when he got on the end of Herrera’s flick to get his first goal at Old Trafford and sealed a 4-0 win for the Red Devils, who continue their good form.
Manchester United will go into tomorrow’s fifth round draw as ball number nine as they look to defend their FA Cup title.