'I don't want to talk about speculation' - James McCarthy focused on Premier League survival

The Wigan midfielder is concentrating on keeping his side in the top tier, and refuses to speculate on rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United
Republic of Ireland international midfielder James McCarthy has played down talk of a move to Manchester United, insisting he is fully committed to helping Wigan Athletic stay in the Premier League.

The Latics face a relegation battle as well as a trip to Wembley to face Manchester City in the FA Cup final, with McCarthy refusing to talk about a possible move to City's rivals. "I don't want to talk about speculation," he told the Irish Independent. "The most important thing is to keep Wigan in the Premier League and that is all I am concentrating on. I am happy at Wigan, it is a great club to be at."

"I am learning all the time. Roberto Martinez and the coaching staff have been different class and there are a great bunch of boys at this club. We are three points adrift and there are massive games coming up but I am confident enough because our recent performances have been good."

The 22-year-old believes that his side can pick up some valuable points in the next few games, before Wigan face fellow strugglers Aston Villa on the last day of the season. "We need a few results but we are looking forward to the challenge," McCarthy continued.

"It is in our own hands and if we go about our business the right way then we'll be fine. Hopefully we get enough points not to go into the last game against Aston Villa needing a result but if we do then so be it."