Belfast Telegraph

Maloney stuns United

Wigan secured a sensational 1-0 win over Manchester United to breathe fresh life into the Barclays Premier League title race and lift themselves out of the relegation zone for the first time since October.

In yet another game littered with controversial refereeing decisions, Shaun 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.

The result was the first time Wigan had ever avoided defeat in 15 meetings with their North West neighbours, and condemned United to their first reverse since January.

Referee Phil Dowd initially signalled a goal as Moses powered home his header but 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.

Meanwhile, a Ryan Giggs flick that almost released Javier Hernandez and a blocked Wayne Rooney shot in the final minutes of the half were obvious reasons for the hosts to worry.

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 Rooney and curled a delightful shot past De Gea. Further controversy followed as Figueroa clearly blocked Jones' cross with his arm, but there was no penalty.

There was no way through 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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