Half way through D-Day matchday - 11 MAY
By Andrew Cuff
Sunday 11 May 2008 15:52:00
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A near capacity JJB stadium was heaving at 3pm. Though after Wigan losing 100+ tickets that they sold their own supporters the stadium was under capacity (25,023). United supporters nicely tucked away in the North End stand of the JJB. Then the fiasco that the FA call a simultaneous start for the final match day game, with Chelsea starting 2 and a half minutes late.

United with a lot of possession in the first half., total of 57% possession at half time. Initially struggling to get the passing and momentum to move forward. Scholes with an early booking for a tackle from behind, though this seems to have started the United attack. Scholes and Carrick stringing a few passes together and including Evra in these. United starting to dominate the midfield.

A 31st minute penalty to United as Boyce (Wigan) brings down Rooney (United) in the penalty box and Steve Bennett gives the penalty. Ronaldo, after learning from his mistakes, slots this one easily past Kirkland. That is number 31 for Ronaldo in the Premier League. Celebrations from the North stand and also from some parts of the rest of the stadium. It appears the ground officials have their work cut out struggling to maintain order after the fiasco with the tickets, it seems Wigan have sold some of their home supporters tickets to some lucky United supporters.

United dominating the game without Nani and Hargreaves starting today. Ferguson preferring the likes of Tevez and Carrick today, Hargreaves on the subs bench. It seems that this has worked today for United. Scholes lucky to still be in this game after another scrap off the ball, luckily for United he just gets a verbal reprimand; much to the disappointment of Steve Bruce. With a thunderstorm marching in on the small JJB stadium the half-time whistle brings proceedings to a stand still.

Half-time scores

Wigan 0 - 1 Manchester United

Chelsea 0 - 0 Bolton

Less John Terry after a collision with his own keeper. Terry getting a knee in his face and stretchered off. Rumours from the dressing room is that he may have broken his arm, which could mean the end of his season.

Second half coverage click here

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