Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday October 6 2007
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.
'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.'
'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.'
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
Ronaldo scores against the Latics every time he plays us
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
Koumas brings attacking flair to the Latics team and he isnt afraid to take people on
Manchester United 3-1 Wigan Athletic
Riley was the referee for the corresponding fixture last season and gave the Latics a penalty
Heart says 1-1
Head says 2-1 United win
Latics Vs Portsmouth
Saturday 20th October
Date:Saturday October 6 2007
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