Wigan Athletic vs. Manchester United
Venue: DW Stadium
Date: Saturday, 16 July 2016
Kick-off: 13:30 BST
Manchester United kicked off the Jose Mourinho era with a 2-0 victory away at Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
Early second half goals from Will Keane and Andreas Pereira were enough to separate the sides as United sported their new blue away kit for the first time.
Early on, a neat one-two between Jesse Lingard and Mkhitaryan saw the former’s attempt blocked by Craig Morgan as United began brightly.
Looking comfortable on his debut, Mkhitaryan’s low first time pass across the box was met by Memphis, but he diverted his effort wide when perhaps he should have used his weaker left foot given the angle.
At the other end, Michael Jacob’s fizzed cross flashed across goal unmet, as Mkhitaryan side footed a shot over the bar after the ball sat up nicely from Lingard’s right-wing cross.
After a raft of half-time changes, United started the second half as bright as the first, only this time they had something to show for it.
Veteran goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen’s poor clearance allowed Juan Mata to square the ball for Keane to tap home into an empty net against the side he spent an unsuccessful loan spell at in the 2013/14 season.
Ashley Young’s dangerous cross was unmet before Mata found the former with a clever spreading of play, and Young’s cross was turned wide by Keane.
United did double their lead before the hour mark, with Young’s short free-kick routine seeing Ander Herrera’s shot blocked, only for Pereira to react quickest, finding the top corner with his first time effort.
The game then hit a lull, with more changes to personnel disrupting any rhythm for either side, with Keane’s attempt from a tight angle missing the target late on.
Full-time arrived with United’s first pre-season fixture ending in victory.
The result means little, with match sharpness and game time highest on the agenda, but victories are always nice to obtain.
Up next is Borussia Dortmund next Friday, with a 12pm BST kick-off time commencing proceedings in China, as United head to Asia for a two-game tour.
Manchester United: Johnstone (J. Pereira 82); Fosu-Mensah (Valencia 46), Bailly (Tuanzebe 82), Blind (Blackett 72), Shaw (Jones 46); Herrera (Varela 74), Carrick (A. Pereira 46); Lingard (Januzaj 46), Mkhitaryan (Mata 46), Memphis (Young 46); Wilson (Keane 46).
Subs: J. Pereira, Jones, Tuanzebe, Blackett, Varela, Valencia, Young, A. Pereira, Mata, Januzaj, Keane.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Wigan Athletic: Jaaskelainen; Daniels, Morgan, Burn, Warnock; Taylor (Barrigan 72), Power, Perkins, Huws (Powell 72); Jacobs, Grigg (Davies 46).
Subs: Nicholls, Davies, Cosgrove, Whitehead, Powell, Gregory, Burke, Barrigan, Lang, O’Brien.
Manager: Gary Caldwell