Manchester United Reaction: Ferguson reveals the lesons learnt

This year was a much different story with the table toppers running out 4-0 victors in a game that was never really in doubt.

In a mesage to Roberto Martinez, Ferguson's comments hint that teams are coming to terms with the 3-4-3 formation employed by the Latics.

Speaking to ManUtd.com, Ferguson said: "It's a very good result here. If you look at their home record, they're a very difficult team to play against.

"I thought it was a slow start to the game and we took a bit of time to get going but, once we started to get those corner-kicks, with Robin [van Persie] whipping them in, it was keeping them under pressure.

"After getting the first goal, the good thing about the team is they chased a second one immediately. 2-0 at half time was a good scoreline for us. There were one or two bits and pieces towards the end of the game but you have got to give credit to Wigan."

The result sees United move seven points clear at the top of the table.