Manchester United v Wigan Athletic
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 15 September 2012, kick off 3.00pm
Old Trafford, Manchester
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Tickets for the game will be available until 4pm on Friday 14 September from the DW Stadium tickets office. It is yet to be confirmed by Old Trafford whether tickets can be purchased on the day.
Latics run of 9 wins in 13 games includes a 1-0 win over Saturday's opponents in last season's game at the DW Stadium. The game was a crucial factor in Manchester United failing to retain their Premier League crown and will be a big enough reason for United and theirs supporters to want to inflict another heavy defeat on Roberto Martinez's side.
It is fair to say that Old Trafford has never been a happy hunting ground for Latics and the last two games there have not been without moments of controversy with Latics picking up three red cards in 180 minutes of football.
However prior to the dismissals in those two games, Latics were holding their own so if they can keep all 11 men on the field then a first win at Old Trafford or even a point may not be such a ridiculous prospect.
Roberto Martinez will wait until the last minute to check on the fitness of Jean Beausejour who was replaced in the first half of the Stoke game with a tight hamstring. Meanwhile Antolin Alcaraz picked up a groin injury while on international duty with Paraguay in midweek, likewise he will be given as long as possible to stake his claim for a place in the team.
Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney are the long term absentees for Sir Alex Ferguson. Robin van Persie picked up a knock to the thigh while on international duty with Holland this week but is expected to shake that off. Shini Kagawa also pulled out of Japan's game with Iraq due to a back problem but he also could be fully recovered for Saturday.
Last Six Meetings
11/03/12 – Premier League – Wigan 1 Man Utd 0
26/12/11 – Premier League – Man Utd 5 Wigan 0
26/02/11 – Premier League – Wigan 0 Man Utd 4
20/11/10 – Premier League – Man Utd 2 Wigan 0
30/12/09 – Premier League – Man Utd 5 Wigan 0
22/08/09 – Premier League – Wigan 0 Man Utd 5
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant referees: Scott Lecdger and Charles Breakspear
4th Official: Phil Dowd
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