Premier League champions Manchester United are looking to continue their good run of form with a win over revitalised Wigan at Old Trafford.
United have been impressive in their last two fixtures and after dispatching QPR 2-0 at Loftus Road, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men stayed in West London to win emphatically 5-0 against Fulham. United are unbeaten in eight games and will look to keep the run alive if they want to keep pace with league leaders Manchester City. Phil Jones should be available after a facial injury against Fulham. The Red Devils feared Jones had fractured his cheekbone in a challenge with Clint Dempsey, but the defender has just suffered an injury and should be back to face Wigan. Ashley Young is out for a few weeks with a knee problem, but United are looking comfortable and have players returning in the New Year. Ferguson is looking for maximum points in their next two games, first with Wigan and then a game against Blackburn at Old Trafford.
Wigan have been in good form in the last two matches, picking up vital points against Chelsea and Liverpool at the DW Stadium. Roberto Martinez’s men are one point away from getting out of the bottom three and with 16th placed Wolves facing Arsenal tomorrow, Wigan could be out of the bottom three with a win at Old Trafford. Martinez will assess Sreve Gohouri and Hugo Rodallega before deciding on his final squad. Gohouri has flu and Rodallega picked up an injury against Chelsea during last Saturday’s 1-1 draw.
United fans are expecting three points from their side and a clean sheet, despite Wigan’s attacking talent and intentions. Sir Alex Ferguson should give the fans a belated Christmas present with a win against Martinez’s side and keep the pressure on Manchester City.
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