Man United recovers with 5-0 win at Wigan

Aug 23, 2009 - 12:13 AM LONDON(AP) -- Manchester United recovered from its shocking midweek defeat with a 5-0 Premier League win at Wigan, while Arsenal defeated visiting Portsmouth 4-1.

Wayne Rooney hit his 100th and 101st club goals and Michael Owen struck his first to help give defending champion United the victory it desperately wanted after Wednesday's 1-0 loss at newly promoted Burnley.

"You have to react to a defeat," United manager Alex Ferguson said. "We got a performance there. We had six chances in the first half and we didn't take any of them. The important thing is to have patience and we did that."

Victory kept United, which is chasing a record fourth straight title, even with Arsenal on six points, but the Gunners have played two games to United's three ahead of the teams' meeting next weekend.

Manchester City kept pace on six points after Emmanuel Adebayor scored for the second straight match to lead his new team a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, while United States striker Jozy Altidore set up a goal on debut to give Hull a 1-0 win over Bolton.

Altidore came on as a 60th-minute substitute and set up a goal for Kamel Fathi Ghilas with his first touch a minute later.

"The fans will take to him," Hull manager Phil Brown said. "He's a big, bubbly character."

Manchester United has started the season slowly following the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid and struggled to break down Wigan for 56 minutes on Saturday.

But former Wigan winger Antonio Valencia then crossed from the left for Rooney to head in and become the 21st player to score 100 goals for United.

Wigan then hit the bar before Rooney and Paul Scholes combined in the 58th to set up Dimitar Berbatov, who lifted the ball over goalkeeper Chris Kirkland and into the net.

Rooney made it 3-0 in the 65th with a deflected shot to move to 101 goals in 241 appearances and Owen replaced his former England teammate before beating Kirkland with a near-post shot.

"Strikers have to score," Ferguson said. "That's their mantra."

The win moved United up among the pack at the top of the Premier League, although Tottenham and Chelsea both have the chance to go three points clear when they play matches Sunday. Aston Villa is at Liverpool on Monday.

Also Saturday, it was: Sunderland 2, Bolton 1; Birmingham 0, Stoke 0.


MILAN (AP) - Alexandre Pato scored twice to lead AC Milan to a 2-1 victory over Siena and give new coach Leonardo a winning start to the Serie A season.

Milan had struggled in the preseason with seven losses in eight games, but Pato's goals in the 29th and 48th minutes provided a fairly comfortable win. Abled Ghezzal had equalized for Siena in the 34th.

"We have won which is good, because we seemed to have forgotten how to," Pato said. "We had a great game and I have to thank my teammates for all the chances they made for me."

The 19-year-old Pato, who scored 15 goals last season, thought he had his first of this campaign with a header in the 22nd minute, but he was offside from Ronaldinho's free kick.

However, he made no mistakes seven minutes later when played through by his fellow Brazilian, lifting the ball over goalkeeper Gianluca Curci.

The lead didn't last long, as Marco Storari could only parry Lukas Jarolim's shot and Ghezzal sent home the rebound.

But Pato put Milan back ahead for good after Ronaldinho picked out Mathieu Flamini in the area, who crossed to Pato for an easy tap into the unguarded net.

Ronaldinho showed that he wants to fill the big gap left by Kaka and seemed increasingly confident as the match wore on. In the 68th, he forced Curci to push the ball over the bar from an overhead kick, having calmly controlled Marco Borriello's header.

"He's great, one of the best around when he has the ball at his feet," Pato said. "I'm delighted for him because when he plays like that he makes playing football easy for the rest of us."

In Saturday's other match, Bologna's Paolo Osvaldo scored the first goal of the new season in a 1-1 draw at home against Fiorentina.

The Argentine rose highest in the penalty area in the 24th to head home Giacomo Tedesco's corner.

Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino, who scored 19 times last season, had three good chances in the opening period.


PARIS (AP) - Lyon's 3-0 win at Auxerre in the French league showed early promise that Claude Puel's side can challenge for the title despite selling star striker Karim Benzema to Real Madrid.

Lyon failed to win an eighth straight title last season, and when the club sold Benzema and lynchpin midfielder Juninho in the offseason it led to questions about how well Puel's team would cope.

But Lyon had a 5-1 win over Anderlecht on Wednesday in the Champions League playoff round and has won three straight games, offering a warning in the title race to defending champion Bordeaux and Marseille, which drew at Rennes 1-1. Bordeaux hosts Nice on Sunday.

"Let's just say that if you win 5-1 against a good team like Anderlecht it gives you a lot of confidence," Lyon defender Jean-Alain Boumsong said. "It's been a great week for us. We're getting our confidence back week after week."

The win moved Lyon to seven points after three rounds and provisionally into first place along with Paris Saint-Germain, which won 3-2 at Valenciennes, and Marseille.

American striker Charlie Davies, who scored twice as a substitute in his home debut against Bordeaux last week, started his first game but could not spark Sochaux's attack in a 2-0 loss at Montpellier.

In Saturday's other games, it was: Le Mans 2, Nancy 1; Monaco 2, Lorient 0; and Boulogne 1, Saint-Etienne 0.

About 200 angry Saint-Etienne fans invaded the field at the final whistle and demanded the resignation of Saint-Etienne's board of directors. After stewards intervened to restore calm, the fans ran over to the other side of the field to applaud Boulogne's supporters, making for a bizarre sight of the losing home team celebrating with the away team.


BERLIN (AP) - Bayern Munich lost 2-1 at promoted Mainz to remain without a Bundesliga victory under new coach Louis van Gaal.

Andreas Ivanschitz and Aristide Bance scored to give Mainz the first league win over the German powerhouse, which is in 12th place with two draws and a loss.

Bayer Leverkusen cruised past promoted Freiburg 5-0 on the road and moved ahead of Schalke to top the standings. Defending champion Wolfsburg could emerge as the sole leader if it defeats Hamburger SV on Sunday.

In other games, Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart drew 1-1, Hannover won 2-0 at FC Nuremberg under an interim coach and 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt held on for a 0-0 draw at FC Cologne.

In Mainz, the home team Bayern under pressure right away.

Ivanschitz found the target in the 25th, shooting with his left-foot from the edge of the box. Bayern goalkeeper Michael Rensing dived to his right but the ball bounced over his arm into the net.

Bance scored in the 37th after he had earlier hit the crossbar with an overhead kick and then sent a header over the top. With its defense in disarray, Bayern failed to clear a cross from Florian Heller and Bance headed past Rensing.

Bayern played better in the second half and got back into the match when Mainz's Nikolce Noveski headed into his own net in the 47th.

Without playmaker Franck Ribery, who is still not fully recovered from knee tendinitis, Bayern couldn't break through again.

Schalke and Hoffenheim drew 0-0 on Friday.


GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) - Celtic expended its winning start to the Scottish Premier League season with a 5-2 victory over visiting St. Johnstone.

Celtic, which is seeking to regain the title from rival Rangers, got two goals each from Marc-Antoine Fortune and Shaun Maloney, while Scott McDonald hit the fifth in the 74th minute.

Fortune hit his first goal since joining from Nancy in the 21st and Maloney made it 2-0 with a header.

Saints striker Collin Samuel got a goal back in the 36th but, in the second half, Maloney hit a powerful shot from the edge of the area, Fortune scored with a 14-yard shot and McDonald headed in a cross by Danny Fox.

Jody Morris got the other goal in the 76th, too late to impact the outcome of the match.

Hibernian stayed even with Celtic on six points after a 3-1 win at Falkirk, while Rangers can reach the mark if it beats Hearts on Sunday.

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