Maloney stuns United

Wed, 11 Apr 22:39:38 2012

Shaun Maloney made a giant-sized impact at the top and bottom of the Barclays Premier League by scoring the only goal as Wigan leapt out of the relegation zone for the first time since October, whilst cutting Manchester United's lead in the title race to five points.

In yet another game littered with controversial refereeing decisions, Maloney curled home in magnificent style from a corner that should never have been. That balanced out a disallowed goal for Victor Moses, with a clear handball against Maynor Figueroa thrown in for good measure.

Referee Phil Dowd initially signalled a goal as Moses powered home his header. Assistant Dave Richardson, 45 yards away, spotted something the referee had missed, namely Gary Caldwell blocking David de Gea.

James McCarthy had a shot tipped over by De Gea before the row and Wigan wasted a number of free-kick opportunities, most of which were earned by Franco di Santo's industry.

After 50 minutes Dowd awarded a corner following Phil Jones' tangle with Jean Beausejour but replays showed Jones never got near to the ball as it rolled out of play. Maloney exchanged passes with Beausejour, skipped round Wayne Rooney and curled a delightful shot past De Gea.

There was no way back for United with Nani and Michael Carrick wasting the best chances to spoil a famous night for Roberto Martinez's victorious Latics.


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