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Well this is it, this is the game when we finally break our last great hoodoo, getting points off Manchester United. Fourteen previous meetings, fourteen defeats, all changes tonight

Saturdays injustice against Chelsea left Martinez seething, he will undoubtedly use those feeling to inspire his team to continue to play the way they have been doing of late, the Latics looking more like a team chasing a European spot than one fighting for survival

A massive opportunity presents itself for the club to climb out of the bottom three for the first time since December, an opportunity to gain just reward for recent performances, of course Manchester United are hardly a push over, they are on a fantastic run, eight points clear at the top of the Premier League and they are like a juggernaut thundering towards another league title.

The confidence in the Latics camp though is high, the belief of the players and management team are there for all to see, and, just as important, the supporters also believe, this is the night

What The Bosses Say:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez:

'We have shown in our last three games against Liverpool, Stoke and Chelsea that we can play against anyone, anywhere.

'We have United and Arsenal but then we have Fulham, Newcastle, Blackburn and Wolves.

'These six games are real opportunities for us to get the points we need to move up the table. If we'd got the point we should have at Chelsea we would be up to 16th place in the Premier League.

'We've had a lot of bad luck with referees decisions and hopefully in the next six games we'll get the good luck on our side.'

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson:

'There are only six games left, three at home and three away, and hopefully we can run it out now.'

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Hugo Rodallega is the only real doubt for the Latics, expect Martinez to name an unchanged side:

Latics probable - Al-Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Beausejour, McCarthy, McArthur, Maloney, Moses, Di Santo

Player to watch: Gary Caldwell

Captain Caldwell has been in fantastic form of late

Gary Caldwell - On top of his game

By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

Manchester United Team News:

Nani is fit following an ankle injury that kept him out of the QPR game, two ex-Latics players Antonio Valencia and Tom Cleverley are expected to feature for United tonight

United from - De Gea, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Rafael, Carrick, Young, Scholes, Valencia, Rooney, Welbeck, Amos, Jones, Giggs, Park, Cleverley, Pogba, Hernandez, Nani

Player to watch: Antonio Valencia

Pace, power, eye for goal, abundance of skill, world class

Any Previous?

Latics and United have met on 14 occasions

We've lost the lot!

Ref Watch:

Phil Dowd (Staffs)

Why not take a look at our 'Meet The Ref' article

Phil Dowd Card Watch 2011/12

Games - 32, yellows - 122, reds - 4

Match Prediction:

I have the strongest feeling that we are going to win this game, head says 2-1 Latics win

Heart says 2-0 Latics win

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Wednesday April 11 2012
Time: 9:37AM


Just got a feeling we'll be singing tonight, Latics 2-1 Man U, BELIEVE
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