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Javier Hernandez propelled Manchester United into a potentially decisive week for their title challenge by scoring twice and guiding the Premier League leaders to victory at Wigan Athletic.

The Mexican forward, nicknamed Chicharito, ensured United claimed their 13th successive victory against their Lancashire neighbours with a goal in each half, prior to Wayne Rooney and Fabio doubling the winning margin late on.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson’s team were made to work for the three points, and goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was forced into two crucial saves to deny Wigan, as United toiled following Chicharito’s 17th minute opener.

Ferguson’s pre-match admission that United simply had to improve on their away record was stating the obvious, with his team winning just three times away from Old Trafford in the league this season.

But with trips to Chelsea and Liverpool in the diary this week, any United failure to claim victory at Wigan would hand Arsenal a major boost in their bid to snatch top spot.

Wigan, who had two players sent off in the 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford in November, were in no mood to make life easy for United and the home side’s physical approach prompted a foolish lashing out by Rooney on James McCarthy early in the game.

Rooney appeared to catch the Republic of Ireland midfielder with his right elbow as he ran past him, but referee Mark Clattenburg failed to take action against the United striker.

The visitors regained their composure, though, when Hernandez opened the scoring with a near-post strike from Nani’s cross.

Moments later, however, Van der Sar was forced into a point-blank save to deny McCarthy at the far post, after the midfielder had been teed up by Charles N’Zogbia’s flick.

Wigan then tested Van der Sar again when Maynor Figueroa’s shot from 30 yards was well saved, but United finally extended their lead when Hernandez produced another clinical finish on 74 minutes.

Rooney’s reverse pass to the forward set Hernandez free and he calmly beat goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi in a one-on-one to make it 2-0.

With the game won, Ferguson withdrew Hernandez and Paul Scholes, but replacements Dimitar Berbatov and Fabio made telling contributions in the closing stages.

Berbatov unselfishly teed up Rooney for a tap-in to make it 3-0 on 84 minutes, while Fabio scored his first goal for the club with a close range shot three minutes later.

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