Rob's Prediction - Red Devils Vs Wigan
Wigan face the task of battling the Titans that are champions all over and although Alex Ferguson said this would be tougher than Chelsea, I for one cannot see how. I hope Steve Bruce gets a good reception on his return to Old Trafford.
However, that said, it would be nice just to get a goal against them as it would really give the lads a huge confidence boost and also mean that they are one of very few teams to actually score against them. As has been said before and also proved on the pitch, you can't write the Latics off and they got a memorable draw at Stamford Bridge last season.
That aside, I cannot see anything remarkable happening except another home win for Manchester United - in all honesty, they need it more than Latics do to keep in touch with Liverpool. They will prove too strong for Wigan ultimately. However, I do hope its not a cricket score and I don't think it will be. 2-0 would do but 1-0 would be a fantastic achievement. I just wonder if the Chelsea game might have tired them out slightly, so perhaps Latics can take advantage of this but knowing Sir Alex, he'll have a plan and he will come out on top, I've no doubt.
Manchester United themselves are exceptional and I do hope they can show Wigan mutual respect, too, despite the obvious differences in the teams. I know the lads will give it their very best and they have potential to score goals in Amr Zaki, Emile Heskey and Luis Valencia to name but a few but I think United will keep a clean sheet here tonight because they haven't conceded in a long while.
Steve Bruce will say to the lads, 'Give it a real go,' which they will, but they'll not come away with a victory or a draw because to win or draw at Man United, you need that something special or a lot of luck. Who knows, will it be Latics night tonight? One can dream. We have to get something against them at some stage but it won't be on the ground that is Old Trafford.
I hope its a good game and if at the very least we can score, that's a result in itself.
Manchester United 2 Wigan 1
I just have a feeling that Wigan could just get a goal tonight. United I have absolutely no doubt will win but the league is unpredictable, but that said, United's slips usually occur near the beginning of the season. Once it has started, to even get a little scalp is virtually unheard of.
MAN UTD: PLAYER TO WATCH: RONALDO
There is so much quality in the Red Devils squad but Ronaldo is by far the most interesting player and creative and he scores some magical goals, too. I think that the team will have their work cut out with dealing with Ronaldo alone.
WIGAN: PLAYER TO WATCH: ZAKI
If the Latics have any chance of getting a result, it will be through Amr Zaki, if he can rediscover his scoring form on the pitch.
ROB'S FINAL THOUGHT
Enjoy the game, grab a beer, whatever happens, its just one of those games that we can enjoy and forget because the Red Devils will not be scalped tonight. Wigan have never done any damage to United despite the fact on occasion they have come reasonably close, most notably after their Carling Cup defeat a few seasons ago where Pascal Chimbonda was unfortunate to score an own goal. It may happen one day where we do some damage but it'll be a while in waiting. I hope the boys will put on a good show, however, plus I expect them to give their very best.
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See you next time for the Man City v Wigan preview, a game I'm almost sure we can get something from.