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Manchester United Win Wigan 2-0 in Mourinho First Game

Manchester United Win Wigan 2-0 in Mourinho First GameManchester United enjoyed a promising start to pre season with a comfortable victory over Wigan Athletic in Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised the club’s ‘amazing fans’ after his side enjoyed a comfortable win over Wigan Athletic.

The United squad also seemed to be happy following the game and took to Twitter and Instagram to express their delight.

United controlled a goalless first half before the goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen saw his kick charged down by Juan Mata in the 48th minute and Keane nabbed the first goal of Mourinho’s reign. Pereira found the top corner nine minutes later to secure the result, though Mourinho will surely have been more interested in bright showings from the new arrivals Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly, as well as the England left-back Luke Shaw’s first appearance in 10 months following a double leg fracture.

The DW Stadium was far from full for Mourinho’s bow but a sizeable contingent of United fans had made the short journey, joined by the club’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward. Having had disappointing experiences with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, Woodward was present for what he will hope is the beginning of a bright new chapter.

Kick-off had to wait for the mandatory airing of“Will Grigg’s on Fire” in honour of the Latics’ Northern Ireland striker, but once the whistle blew it was only a matter of seconds before Mourinho’s name was bellowed from the away end.

Manchester United lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Mkhitaryan given licence to roam behind the striker. He was quick to impress with some neat touches around the box, but Stephen Warnock went in hard and fair on Memphis Depay and Jesse Lingard to set out Wigan’s stall.

United dominated a goalless 45 minutes but created just two clear chances, Mkhitaryan teeing up Memphis to poke wide before hooking over himself from 10 yards following Lingard’s cross. Wigan’s best response saw Grigg lay off for Emyr Huws, whose shot was bravely blocked by Bailly.

Manchester United made seven changes at the break and two substitutes combined for the opener – Mata charging down Jaaskelainen’s kick and squaring for the former Wigan loanee Keane to roll into a vacant net.

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