A RELATIVELY straightforward night for Manchester United — it is not often you can say that.
Even in victory, it is rarely so at the moment.
With Eastleigh or Newport awaiting, further progress should come.
They could even mask their difficulties in the league by getting all the way to Wembley.
Even the very best in Sir Alex Ferguson did that over 30 years ago.
Still, Erik ten Hag was left to wonder how two was not four, five or six given the chances they had.
United’s Dutch boss was certainly taking no risks. Not with the team he fielded or in the warning he gave them ahead of kick-off.
The Red Devils chief said: “Every game in the FA Cup, you have to play your best because every team is highly motivated.
“For them, it’s the game of the year, maybe the game of their life, so they will give their lives. So we have to match that.”
There are 54 league places between the two clubs, with United eighth in the Prem and Wigan 18th in League One — after an eight-point deduction after failing to pay players on time.
But the Latics know better than anyone the magic this competition can produce.
It was nearly 11 years ago that Roberto Martinez’s side — struggling against Prem relegation — met Roberto Mancini’s expensively assembled Manchester City in the final.
Ben Watson’s last-gasp header won that one for Wigan, with current Latics boss Shaun Maloney the man who delivered the corner.
Of course, 12-time winners United were in last season’s final but were second best to neighbours City, who completed the second step of their climb to the Treble.
Things have changed for Ten Hag since then. He went into this match with the pressure on and one of his new bosses Sir Dave Brailsford watching on from the stands.
As he had been last time out when United went down 2-1 at Nottingham Forest in the Premier League.
So the strongest team Ten Hag could field was out there, roared on by 7,000 United fans that filled the stand down one length of the pitch.
Mind you, they were wincing after just three minutes when Wigan very nearly took a shock early lead.
Speedy winger Martial Godo was clearly out to give Dalot a rough ride.
And when he broke down the right and crossed, Thelo Aasgaard was coming in at the far post to fire off a first-time shot.
Andre Onana has had plenty of criticism but he deserved praise for denying the Wigan player here.
Sensing United were a little rattled, Wigan went for it again.
This time Sean Clare wriggled his way between two United players before a well-timed Kobbie Mainoo tackle in the box.
United dominated the rest of the half. In the 14th minute Fernandes flicked to Alejandro Garnacho but the 19-year-old’s shot was blocked.
It broke to Marcus Rashford, whose effort was saved at the foot of the post by Wigan keeper Sam Tickle.
On 22 minutes United took the lead. Garnacho crossed from the right, Rashford had a shot blocked but the ball rebounded back to him.
He laid it off to Dalot on the edge of the area and the full-back curled a fine effort through a crowd of players and into the bottom corner.
It could and should have been more for the visitors by the break. Rashford saw a shot squirm through the keeper’s grasp but he recovered with an outstretched arm.
Garnacho hit the bar from long-range — and was in fine form again. Rasmus Hojlund sadly was not, again.
He could not complain about the service when Garnacho crossed from the right on 29 minutes only for the Dane to head over at the near post.
Hojlund will have been thankful for the linesman’s flag as he missed an absolute sitter from close range.
From the restart Ten Hag’s Red Devils were out to make the tie safe.
Mainoo had a shot from the edge of the area saved.
A short corner routine finished with a Fernandes shot deflecting wide.
You wonder with United this season if the goal was about two foot off centre how many more they might score.
So many of the chances they create are JUST wide and not enough are taken, not enough goals scored.
So situations like this become very tense.
Just like when, from a United corner, Wigan won possession and Godo flew forward — it needed the speed of Mainoo to get back and block his final effort.
It needed a penalty for United to get that vital second when Liam Shaw was adjudged to have fouled Fernandes as he checked back.
The captain took it himself.
He ran up like he was going to knock the cover off the ball and then rolled it gently into the bottom left-hand corner as Tickle went the other way.
Job finally done.