Martinez: Display not good enough

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez accused Latics of playing like

individuals in their 5-0 mauling against Manchester United at Old


Latics were on the receiving end of identical punishment by

the Red Devils, who managed to replicate their five-goal success at

the DW Stadium in Wednesday’s Old Trafford encounter.

United ended the year in style as goals from Wayne Rooney,

Michael Carrick, Rafael da Silva, Dimitar Berbatov and Antonio

Valencia heaped more misery on a Latics side that look in big

trouble going into the second half of the season.

Their latest rout – the fifth time they have conceded four

goals or more in a game – has left Martinez questioning his side’s

ability to play as a team.

“We never gave a game to United,” the Spaniard told Sky

Sports. “We were extremely, extremely disappointing in all the

things we have to do to be a team.

“You come to places like Old Trafford and it’s not good

enough to be good – you have to be perfect and be solid and earn

the right to express yourself and try to win the football game.

“Today we started everything the other way round and we

played like individuals and never looked like a team and when you

do that you get heavily punished.

“It has happened too many times this season and it’s

unacceptable and we will have to correct it.

Another blow to Wigan was Chris Kirkland’s failure to return

for the second-half. But Martinez expects his regular shot-stopper

to be fit for Saturday’s FA Cup third round clash against Hull.

“It shouldn’t be that serious,” the Latics boss added of

Kirkland’s substitution.

“I think he has been under the weather – he has had a cold

and it is something that he could not carry on but it’s not a

problem at all.”