Manchester United - Wigan Preview

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    Three And Easy
    Manchester United will not be short of confidence for the visit of Wigan Athletic. The reigning champions? 3-0 demolition of Chelsea at the weekend saw them make up ground on the league leaders Liverpool, and another win will take them up to second, ominously just two points behind Rafael Benitez's men
    Wednesday?s game is the first of the Red Devils? games in hand and a win on Wednesday followed by another on Saturday at Bolton Wanderers could see Sir Alex Ferguson?s men top the Premier League table by the time Liverpool are next in action.
    The European champions have never lost to Wigan, and cruised to a 4-0 win against Steve Bruce?s men at Old Trafford last season.
    They also have fond memories of the return fixture which they won 2-0 on the final day of last season, a result that crowned them Premier League champions for the second successive season.
    Dizzy Heights
    However, Wednesday?s visitors to Old Trafford are one of the Premier League?s most in-form sides.
    The Latics have won their last four league games on the bounce, a superb run that has seen them move up to seventh place in the table.
    Wigan boss Steve Bruce has admitted it is a delight to manage his side at the moment and has demanded a strong performance at Old Trafford so his players can prove they deserve their lofty league position.
    Bruce?s men have never been higher than their current position in the Premier League, and they have also never beaten one of the top four, a record their boss will be hoping to end at a club where he spent nine years as a player.

    Manchester United
    Jan 11: Manchester United 3-0 Chelsea
    Jan 07: Derby 1-0 Manchester United
    Jan 04: Southampton 0-3 Manchester United
    Dec 29: Manchester United 1-0 Middlesbrough
    Dec 26: Stoke City 0-1 Manchester United
    Wigan Athletic
    Jan 11: Wigan Athletic 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
    Jan 02: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Wigan Athletic
    Dec 28: Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Wigan Athletic
    Dec 26: Wigan Athletic 2-1 Newcastle United
    Dec 13: Wigan Athletic 3-0 Blackburn Rovers

    Manchester United
    Manchester United have defensive problems with both Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand out injured, meaning John O?Shea and Jonny Evans will continue to deputise.
    Possible Starting XI: Van der Sar, Neville, Vidic, Evans, O?Shea, Ronaldo, Anderson, Carrick, Scholes, Rooney, Berbatov
    Wigan Athletic
    Steve Bruce is expected to stick with the same starting XI that defeated Tottenham Hotspur last time out.
    Possible Starting XI: Kirkland, Melchiot, Scharner, Bramble, Figueroa, Valencia, Palacios, Cattermole, Taylor, Heskey, Zaki.

    Manchester United ? Cristiano Ronaldo
    Cristiano Ronaldo looked back to his very best against Chelsea at the weekend, which spells bad news for Wigan Athletic.
    After picking up the FIFA World Player of the Year award on Monday night he will be keen to celebrate - and possesses an excellent record against the Latics.
    The Portuguese star hit three goals against Wigan last season, including a double at Old Trafford, and will be hoping for more of the same.
    Wigan Athletic ? Ryan Taylor
    Ryan Taylor is becoming an increasingly influential member of Steve Bruce?s side and is enjoying a rich vein of form.
    He has already weighed in with a couple of goals and also provided the corner from which Maynor Figueroa headed Wigan?s stoppage-time winner against Spurs last time out.
    He is a danger at set-pieces, particularly free-kicks, and he could be the man to provide the ammunition to the Wigan front two.
    Whilst United will be flying following their comprehensive defeat of Chelsea, they are coming up against an in-form Wigan who will fancy their chances of finally getting one over one of the top four.
    However, the Red Devils will know that Sunday?s result will mean little if they fail to take all three points on Wednesday night.
    Although Wigan will surely prove a much tougher opponent that Chelsea, the temptation of moving up to second should ensure the Red Devils do not slip up.
    Manchester United 2-0 Wigan Athletic
  2. Rafter4ever

    Rafter4ever New User

    Apr 27, 2004
    As much as I hate to say it, the title is now United's to lose. Sunday's scrimmage against Chelsea clearly showed who the big boys are. One would have to assume that United would win out their remaining matches other than their matches against Villa, Liverpool, and maybe Arsenal. If they do, it will give them 89 points and assuming they tied the above mentioned 3, would give them 92 points.

    But, thats why you play the games on the field and not on paper. Anything can happen, if a few of their key players get injured, who knows.....?

    As a Liverpool fan, I am optimistic, Torres and Skirtel are back, the defense looks sharp, Benitez have to play Babel more and perhaps the match against United in March could decide the title.

    On paper, United is capable of winning the remaining 16 out of 19, but as the saying goes:
  3. NickC

    NickC Professional

    Sep 5, 2007
    East Coast, USA. Formally Tucson, AZ
    Delete this thread. Not only is this just a copy-and-paste job, but there is also a thread on football.
  4. SaunderS

    SaunderS Professional

    Oct 28, 2008
    Wigan, England
    Dont forget, We(Wigan) have 6 wins out of 7. the best form in the country.
  5. Phil

    Phil Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    In a tent, along the Silk Road
    Don't forget, we don't care.
  6. SempreSami

    SempreSami Hall of Fame

    Oct 20, 2007
    Go to hell. :roll:
  7. Ronny

    Ronny Hall of Fame

    Sep 4, 2006
    I care....

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