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  • 26 December 2011
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  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
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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


PROBABLE LINEUPS


MANCHESTER UNITED


De Gea
Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra
Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani
Rooney, Hernandez


WIGAN ATHLETIC


Al-Habsi
Figueroa, Alcaraz, Caldwell
Stam, McCarthy, Diame, Jones
Moses, Gomez,
Sammon
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has to make do without several players due to injury. Anderson (knee), Tom Cleverley (ankle), Rio Ferdinand (foot), Darren Fletcher (illness), Michael Owen (thigh) and Nemanja Vidic (knee) are all sidelined.

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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Available Squads
13Anders LindegaardGoalkeeper
3Patrice EvraDefender
6Jonny EvansDefender
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
17NaniMidfielder
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
4Darron GibsonMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
14Javier HernándezStriker
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
2RafaelDefender
35Ezekiel FryersDefender
10Wayne RooneyStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker
27Federico MachedaStriker
18Mame Biram DioufStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
19David JonesMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
18Conor SammonStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
2S. GohouriDefender
8Albert CrusatMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
-James McArthurMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
Players to Watch
Jonny Evans
Jonny Evans
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
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
Ali Al Habsi
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 26
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Prediction

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.

Editor's Prediction
Wigan 0

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