London, Dec. 31 (ANI): Manchester United moved within two points and two goals of Chelsea after Wayne Rooney inspired a five-goal score line against Wigan on Wednesday.
Coach Alex Ferguson described the win as an excellent performance and an icing on the cake for his 68th birthday, which falls today.
"I think the first 45 minutes were the best we have seen this season, the fluid movement and tempo of the game were terrific," The Sun quoted Fergie, as saying.
Rooney opened the scoring with his 15th goal of the season - his seventh in as many games - as United hammered neighbours Wigan 5-0 for the second time this season.
The England strike star, 24, vowed to beat his Old Trafford best of 23.
Ferguson added: "Rooney was excellent again tonight, the energy he shows in his game and the desire to win. But on this particular night the whole team played well. You never know, goal difference could be important come the end of the season." (ANI)