Man United v Wigan: Can Fergie’s boys beat the Latics?
Manchester United face Wigan this weekend, with Sir Alex Ferguson hoping his team can secure a comfortable 3 points.
Fergie has demanded that the Red Devils stop conceding the sloppy goals that are threatening to derail their Premier League title bid.
United entertain Wigan looking to record their third successive victory. Yet they do so only after being given two massive scares by Fulham and Southampton,
Here is all the latest team news and match stats ahead of the tie.
Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa are both expected to feature for United after they returned from international duty with thigh and back problems respectively, but trained on Friday morning. Ryan Giggs (600th Premier League appearance), Paul Scholes (700th United appearance) and Rio Ferdinand (400th United appearance) all stand on the brink of milestones, but Wayne Rooney (thigh), Chris Smalling (broken metatarsal) and Phil Jones (knee) are all out.
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Roberto Martinez looks set to change his defensive line after Jean Beausejour picked up a hamstring injury during the last match against Stoke City and missed international duty with Chile, while Paraguay defender Antolin Alcaraz returns to the club with an abductor problem. On-loan Arsenal striker Ryo Miyaichi could be in line for his first start after improving his fitness and midfielder James McArthur is responding well to treatment for a back problem.
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Robin van Persie has scored four goals from just six shots on target so far for Manchester United.
The Dutchman has netted 52 goals in his last 58 Premier League games.
Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick and missed a penalty last time out against Southampton. He also achieved this feat against Wigan in January 2011 for Arsenal.
Man Utd have recovered more points (6) from losing positions already than they did in the whole of 2011-12 (3).
The Red Devils had won all 14 meetings in all competitions with Wigan up prior to their defeat in April last season.
Wigan have failed to score in eight of the last 10 league games against Man Utd.
Man Utd have conceded more headed goals than any other team in the Premier League this season (3).
Wigan have had three players sent off in their last two visits to Old Trafford.
Wigan have lost just two of their last nine Premier League games (W6 D1 L2).
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have won 36 and lost just two of their last 41 Premier League games at Old Trafford and have dropped just two of the last 30 points available on home soil.
Score Line Prediction:
Manchester United 3-0 Wigan Athletic
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