The Premier League is back, and tomorrow Manchester United take on a Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford, a game which finished 5-0 to United on boxing day last year. However, United will be seeking revenge for the 1-0 away defeat to Roberto Martinez’s men at the DW stadium last season, a result which helped seal Uniteds 2nd place finish behind City.
Manchester United v Wigan Athletic 15th September 2012 Kick off: 15:00 BST Old Trafford
United go into this game off the back of two sucessive 3-2 victories, against Fulham and Southampton so the empasis on the game must really be to stiffen up our injury riddled defence against Wigan, a side frequently tipped for the drop. You would however expect more defensive resiliance, the longer Vidic and Ferdinand play together. We also have Jonny Evans back fit after completing a couple of games for Northern Ireland over the last few days.
At the other end of the field, with Wayne Rooney still out whilst he recovers from the gash to his leg which he sustained against Fulham, we still have lots of firepower. The boss today confirmed that Robin van Persie is fit after picking up a slight knock playing for the Netherlands. We also have Danny Welbeck fresh after his game changing performance for England against Ukraine, and Javier Hernandez after a goalscoring performance for Mexico.
Not only has Robin van Persie been declared fit, we have recieved the same good news regarding Shinji Kagawa after he suffered a slight back injury whilst playing for Japan over the weekend. However, the boss today confirmed that after 10 months out of action, Darren Fletcher will be included in tomorrows match day squad. Fletcher hasn’t played since Novembers 2-2 draw with Benfica after suffering from the chronic Bowel condition, ulcerative colitis.
Wigan won’t be easy opposition though, and if the game in April is anything to go by, they will put up a stern test for United. They currently stand in 9th position in the league with 4 points after an opening day draw against stoke, a victory against Southampton and a defeat against Chelsea. However, at Old Trafford, Wigan’s record is played 7, lost 7, conceeding 24 in the process scoring only 1 in reply.
United are understandably the odds on favourite with odds 2/9. Wigan are available at 11/1 whilst the draw can be picked up at 5/1. Its certainly not a surprise to see Robin van Persie, who has scored 4 United goals already, including a hat trick against Southampton, have short odds of 9/4 for the 1st scorer. Javier Hernandez has good odds of 6/1 whilst Welbeck is a good bet at 9/2. The shortest price Wigan player to score first is available at 10/1.