Manchester United 4 – 0 Wigan Athletic

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about football even though I’ve still been going to the home games and watching all the aways on the telly. I probably should’ve blogged last week after the replay against the Scousers but, after seeing Alan Smith’s broken leg, I didn’t feel like it. 😮

Having declined all my Carling Cup tickets in the earlier rounds (because I expected to be in Australia months ago), I wasn’t in Cardiff for the final. With no big screen at the King’s Arms or Bull’s Head, I settled down to watch the game on Sky. A couple of large bottles of Pilsner Urquell got me right in the mood and I was shouting at the TV throughout. :-t

Louis Saha, whose goals basically took United to the final, was given the nod ahead of Ruud Van Nistelrooy. The only other surprise was John O’Pie returning to partner Giggs in central midfield rather than “The Scottish Player”. It was a very open first half, with plenty of chances at either end. Wes Brown, Man of the Match for me, made a few solid challenges at the back; Wayne Rooney, who had already hit the bar early on, took advantage of a mix-up between De Zeeuw and Chimbonda to score United’s first.

United scored three in ten minutes after the break: Saha tapped home a well measured Gary Neville cross; Ronaldo fired in an easy layoff from Saha from the edge of the box; Rooney turned in a flick-on from Ferdinand following a United free-kick. =d>

Wigan were thoroughly beaten so Fergie brought on Richardson, Evra and Vidic for the last 15 minutes. Van Nistelrooy rightly looked upset at being snubbed, prompting the usual speculation about his future at Old Trafford. It’s funny how everyone, including Fergie, seemed to enjoy the celebrations so much despite not giving this competition much credit in recent years. 😕

My afternoon was topped off by Sara preparing a full Sunday Roast dinner (turkey and all the trimmings, in case you were wondering) timed perfectly to coincide with the final whistle. I wish I’d been there – Cardiff is a great place for Cup Finals – but I’m glad I don’t have to make my way home tonight. :p