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Manchester United vs. Wigan Athletic

Old Trafford

6/10/07

12-45 pm

On Sky

Latics face the Red Devils

The last time Chris Hutchins managed a side at Old Trafford they got thumped 6-0, that was Bradford City now he is the manager of Wigan Athletic and things have changed

Last Saturday against Liverpool proved, even though the Latics lost, that Hutch doesn`t have the same inferior complex that seemed to haunt previous manager Paul Jewell

Wigan set about Liverpool playing fluent attacking football and if Man U expect the Latics to roll over as on previous visits to Old Trafford then they are in for a shock

United have had problems scoring more than one goal per game this season and the pundits are out again claiming this is the game where Rooney and co will find their scoring boots and bag a sack full

Good, bring it on

After 3 seasons in the premiership Latics are still eyed by many as a Division 2 club

We are where we are on merit and I for one say keep on underestimating us, please.

Maybe this will be the game where we get something off one of the so called big four, it`s about time we did.

Vital Quotes:

Alex Ferguson

'It's great, we get criticised for winning 1-0. If we win 5-1 people will say our defence is going to pieces. The team are coming together after a shaky start in terms of winning games.'

Chris Hutchins

'I'm looking forward to seeing him (Ferguson). Hopefully he might have a bottle of red wine for me after the game - and I don't care what it is, as long as we get a result.'

Manchester United Team News:

Saha is likely to start up front with Rooney and Giggs should come in to centre midfield

Manchester United from:

Kuczszak, Heaton, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Simpson, Pique, Ronaldo, Scholes, O'Shea, Anderson, Nani, Giggs, Rooney, Saha, Tevez

Player to watch: Christiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo scores against the Latics every time he plays us

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Valencia and Bouaouzan have come through reseve matches this week and could be pushing for a place on the bench at least

Wigan Athletic from:

Kirkland, Melchiot, Granqvist, Bramble, Kilbane, Brown, Scharner, Skoko, Koumas, Sibierski, Bent, Aghahowa, Boyce, Cotterill, Hall, Olembe, Taylor, Valencia, Bouaouzan, Pollitt.

Landzaat and Heskey both still out, Sibierski doubtful

Player to watch: Jason Koumas

Koumas brings attacking flair to the Latics team and he isnt afraid to take people on

Match Facts & Stats

Last season

Manchester United 3-1 Wigan Athletic

Ref Watch:

Mike Riley

Riley was the referee for the corresponding fixture last season and gave the Latics a penalty

Match Prediction:

Heart says 1-1

Head says 2-1 United win

Next Fixtures:

Latics Vs Portsmouth

JJB Stadium

Saturday 20th October

3pm Kick-Off




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The Journalist

Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 6 2007

Time: 10:05AM

Your Comments

Come on. 1-1 would be a superb result for us a win, there'd be some singing in the streets of Gidlow this afternoon!
worbo
Come on Wigan get 'em smashed
CapnBeakey
it's just about to kick off - good luck from all at Chelsea.
merlin
Dear oh dear. Wigan utterly humiliated by United's reserve team.
RMc
 

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