Manchester United - Wigan Preview: Roberto Martinez’s men look to continue recent form with first ever victory over the Red Devils
Sir Alex Ferguson's side have won all 13 of their encounters with the Lactics, and will hope to maintain the pressure on Manchester City at Old Trafford on Boxing Day
By Adithya Ananth
Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra
Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani
Figueroa, Alcaraz, Caldwell
Stam, McCarthy, Diame, Jones
Ashley Young also joins the list of those missing, after he was stretchered off during the 5-0 victory over Fulham. Darron Gibson is also a doubt for the Lactics visit, yet Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Phil Jones has recovered from a facial injury sustained at Craven Cottage in time for the Boxing Day clash.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez does not have a lengthy injury list to deal with, as Emmerson Boyce and Chris Kirkland (both back) are the only two players in his squad who are unavailable through injury.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Manchester United have lost only one game in the Premier League this season, which came in the 6-1 defeat to arch-rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford.
- The Red Devils have won every game they have played against the Latics throughout the course of their history. This accounts for 13 victories, 12 of which came in the Premier League. The other was the 4-0 League Cup final victory in 2006.
- During this time, Sir Alex Ferguson's men have put 41 goals past this opposition, conceding only four in the process.
- Wigan have scored only six goals away from home in the Premier League this season. Only Fulham have hit the back of the net fewer times on their travels.
- In all top-flight games this season, the visitors have scored only 15 goals. No team has scored fewer.
- The Latics have lost only one of their last six league games, a 4-0 defeat to Arsenal at the DW Stadium, but still lie in the relegation zone.
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Top 3 Predictions
Manchester United 4-0 Wigan Athletic
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|FA Community Shield (FACS)||11 Aug 2013||Wigan Athletic 0 - Manchester United 2|
|Premier League (EPL)||1 Jan 2013||Wigan Athletic 0 - Manchester United 4|
|Premier League (EPL)||15 Sep 2012||Manchester United 4 - Wigan Athletic 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||11 Apr 2012||Wigan Athletic 1 - Manchester United 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||26 Dec 2011||Manchester United 5 - Wigan Athletic 0|
|1 Dec 2013||Tottenham 2 - Manchester United 2||EPL|
|27 Nov 2013||Bayer Leverkusen 0 - Manchester United 5||UCL|
|24 Nov 2013||Cardiff 2 - Manchester United 2||EPL|
|10 Nov 2013||Manchester United 1 - Arsenal FC 0||EPL|
|5 Nov 2013||Real Sociedad 0 - Manchester United 0||UCL|
|1||David de Gea||Goalkeeper|
|39||Mame Biram Diouf||Striker|
|26||Ali Al Habsi||Goalkeeper|
|9||Franco Di Santo||Striker|
Jonny Evans will have his task cut out as he will likely have to put in a strong performance in the absence of other defenders who are currently in the treatment room.
|Ali Al Habsi|
The Latics have been on the receiving end of a few batterings in recent seasons from the Red Devils, which means that goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi will have to be on his toes if the visitors are to stand a chance of stealing a point at Old Trafford.
Despite problems in defence, Sir Alex Ferguson's men have enough in their locker to get a positive result against the Latics, particularly on home turf.
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