Date:Wednesday May 7 2008
WIGAN v MANCHESTER UNITED
Whatever happens Sunday, we're safe so I'm not too concerned about the outcome but it would be so nice to get something against United.
We haven't achieved this yet, despite coming close on one or two occasions, most notably at home where we were defeated 2-1 after a heavily fortuitous own goal which still rings very unpleasantly in the memory.
Today, though, we are safe so the players will go out, not with a care-free attitude thinking we are safe, but they'll want to give Man Utd as good a game as possible if only to preserve their pride.
Wigan are unbeaten in several home matches now and when we played teams like Arsenal, I thought 'no chance' but we salvaged a point with an excellent, committed performance.
Its true, so many unsung heroes in the squad like Eric Black said but now, their recognition is heightening which is also a good thing.
Lets hope I tempt fate again by saying this but I don't think that we'll get a result against United.
Whether they're playing for something or not, their squad does have to be begrudgingly admired and with Cristiano Ronaldo, whose a one-man team all by himself, our defence are going to have a hard time containing him, but its also the likes of Rooney and Tevez that have to be subdued.
With that in mind, it could be a fairly predictable result.
That aside, though, Steve Bruce hails from Manchester United and is gifted with his knowledge of defence which has helped the Latics vitally this season with several assured performances.
He will try and read the game as best as he can and what might happen and put the team he feels onto the pitch that can cope with Manchester United.
All said and done, though, I really do hope we give United a hard time and nothing would give me greater pleasure than to get a good result against them and send them with their tails between their legs all the way back to Manchester.
It will happen one day, but not today I don't think but if it doesn't, we can move on to the Summer break, look forward to transfers and other events which unfold and play football in the Premier League next season.
ROB'S PREDICTION: WIGAN 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 3
Wigan's home form has been impressive of late as we've taken some good results against high flying teams, but Manchester United are a very tough opposition and I think that this could be a goal fest, but unfortunately it will be for United, but in truth, we've little left to play for except pride and although it'd be wonderful to get something against Manchester United, I can't see that happening, but I'm sure the lads won't be nervous knowing Premier League safety is secured and they will give it their all.
Its sad to end on such a negative prediction, but wonderful to know we'll be in the Premier League next season.
See you all again soon for another season of Rob's Predictions.
Date:Wednesday May 7 2008
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