Table toppers Man United make the short trip to the DW Stadium.
Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez: “If we play a perfect match we can challenge for three points against Manchester United”
Team news: The Latics’ injury problems finally appear to be waning, with defender Ivan Ramis coming through a full match against Aston Villa on Saturday with no problems after a hamstring injury.
Midfielders Ben Watson (broken leg), Albert Crusat (knee) and Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) and defender Adrian Lopez (hamstring) are all still out but defender Antolin Alcaraz may be available for the FA Cup clash with Bournemouth on Saturday after recovering from a long-term groin problem.
Wigan (from): Al Habsi, Pollitt, Boyce, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Beausejour, Jones, Maloney, McCarthy, McArthur, Stam, McManaman, Di Santo, Boselli, Kone, Fyvie, Redmond, Mustoe, Orsula, Morris.
Team news: Full-back Rafael is expected to return from a four-match absence with a hamstring injury against Wigan. Phil Jones could also be available as United manager Sir Alex Ferguson once again prepares to rotate his squad. Ferguson noted Michael Carrick was particularly tired after Saturday’s win at West Brom, whilst top scorer Robin van Persie seems certain to be recalled.
Man Utd (from): Lindegaard, De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Wootton, Ferdinand, Evans, Buttner, Evra, Cleverley, Giggs, Fletcher, Scholes, Tunnicliffe, Carrick, Kagawa, Young, Hernandez, Welbeck, Van Persie.
Referee: A Marriner; Assistants: M McDonough, R West; Fourth official: N Swarbrick
SOURCE: Official Premier League
Wigan (Possible, 4-4-2): Al habsi; Caldwell, Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa; McCarthy, Jones, Maloney, Beausejour; Kone, Di Santo.
Manchester United (Possible, 4-4-1-1): De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Cleverley, Scholes, Young; Kagawa; Van Persie.
Wigan beat Manchester United for the first time in their history at the DW Stadium last April thanks to a goal from Shaun Maloney.
It was the only goal they had scored against the Red Devils in their last seven matches. In fact, they have scored just five goals in their 16 encounters with Manchester United, who have scored 50 in those games.
There has never been a draw between the sides.
Wigan ended a six-game winless run in the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa, keeping only their third clean sheet of the season.
They have now picked up as many points away from home (nine) this season as they have at the DW Stadium.
They have won just once at home since 27 October.
The Latics have conceded the opening goal in 13 Premier League games this season, losing 12 of those matches.
Against West Brom, Manchester United kept only their fourth clean sheet of the season and only their second in their last 13 league games.
Robin van Persie has scored 62 goals in his last 75 Premier League appearances since January 2011.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side had the best record in the Premier League in 2012, picking up 93 points from their 39 matches.
They scored 90 league goals in 2012 – their most in a single calendar year since 2000 (95 goals). The only other time anyone has scored more is themselves in 1999 (91 goals) and Chelsea in 2010 (91 goals).
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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