Wigan Athletic v Manchester United: Match Preview

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Wigan Athletic v Manchester United
Barclays Premier League
DW Stadium
Wednesday, April 11: 19.45

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to rest some members of his side for their encounter against Wigan on Wednesday, with Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand likely to be left out.


Tom Cleverley could feature as he continues to make his way back from injury, while Chris Smalling is also in line to take part. Fit again Nani could make the bench.


For Wigan, Hugo Rodallega is expected to miss out once more with a knee complaint, however Victor Moses is fit to start and David Jones may be available for selection.


Young wary of Wigan threat


Ashley Young has warned his Manchester United team-mates not to underestimate the threat Wigan pose when they travel to the DW Stadium to take on Roberto Martinez’s side tonight.


United have a perfect win record against the Latics since they returned to the Premier League, a run which now stands at 14 games.


While Wigan are once more scrapping for survival at the wrong end of the table, they walked away from Anfield with all three points last month for the first time in their Premier League history and now have their sights set on upsetting United’s stroll to the title.


"Wigan is a tough place to go to – they’re desperate for points and will want to win in front of their own fans,” Young told


"We’ve got to be on our toes and be ready for a tough game. I’m sure if we can show the confidence, desire and winning mentality we’ve shown throughout the season, we’ll get the win.


"I scored my last goal for Villa against Wigan last season at Villa Park and also scored against them away from home, so I’ve enjoyed some decent results against them. Hopefully there will be another to follow tonight."


United seem destined to win their 20th league title this season after extending their advantage over Manchester City in the title race to eight points over the Easter period.


Ferguson’s side are unbeaten in their last ten league matches and have won their last eight, but despite seemingly having one hand on the Premier League trophy already Young insists there have been no premature celebrations at Old Trafford as yet.


“We’re just ticking the games off as we go along and staying focused on each one," the former Aston Villa winger said.


"You obviously want to play well, but at this stage of the season it’s more about results. You just want the three points from every game.


"We’re eight points clear at the moment but that could end up meaning nothing if we don’t keep our run going."

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