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Manchester United cruise to FA Cup fourth round: Ten Hag’s men secure 2-0 victory against Wigan

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Diogo Dalot’s wonder goal and Fernandes’ penalty seal comfortable win, setting the stage for potential clash with non-league opponent

In a relatively smooth performance, Manchester United secured their spot in the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 victory against Wigan. Diogo Dalot’s superb 22nd-minute curler and Bruno Fernandes’ 74th-minute penalty proved enough to seal the deal at the DW Stadium.

The Red Devils, currently under the management of Erik ten Hag, faced a crucial test, with the pressure on after a recent Premier League defeat. However, they responded well, fielding their strongest team and overcoming the challenge posed by Wigan.

Despite the significant gap in league positions — with United placed eighth in the Premier League and Wigan 18th in League One — Ten Hag emphasized the importance of approaching every FA Cup match with full commitment, acknowledging the heightened motivation of opposing teams in this competition.

The victory sets up a potential clash with Eastleigh or Newport in the next round, with United eyeing a promising FA Cup run to possibly overshadow their league struggles. United fans, numbering 7,000 at the DW Stadium, witnessed their team dominate the game, creating numerous chances throughout.

Ten Hag expressed post-match that he felt the scoreline could have been more comprehensive, considering the opportunities his team had. Wigan, well aware of the magic the FA Cup can produce, fought hard despite the odds.

United’s progression to the fourth round comes as a relief for Ten Hag, who faced scrutiny in recent times. The strong message sent by fielding the best team and securing a comfortable victory helps ease some pressure on the Dutch manager.

The draw for the next round awaits, and United could potentially face a non-league side. The FA Cup journey continues for Ten Hag’s men, who aim to make their mark in this historic competition.

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