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Man Utd v Wigan - Team Line-ups & Preview

Manchester United welcome Wigan to Old Trafford on Saturday with The Red Devils only a few places above their guests at this early stage in the season.

13 Lindegaard 02 Rafael 05 Ferdinand 15 Vidic 28 Buttner 11 Giggs 16 Carrick 17 Nani 22 Scholes 14 Hernandez 19 Welbeck Substitutes 01 De Gea 06 Evans 07 Valencia 23 Cleverley 26 Kagawa 20 Van Persie 25 Powell Wigan 26 Al Habsi 05 Caldwell 17 Boyce 21 Ramis 31 Figueroa 04 McCarthy 10 Maloney 16 McArthur 22 Beausejour 02 Kone 09 Di Santo Substitutes 12 Pollitt 06 Jones 07 Crusat 08 Watson 14 Gomez 19 Boselli 32 Miyaichi Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester Kick-Off: 15:00 Manchester United welcome Wigan to Old Trafford on Saturday with The Red Devils only a few places above their guests at this early stage in the season. Last time out at the DW Stadium, Wigan overcame a shoddy United performance and earned a 1-0 victory that helped to disrupt Sir Alex Ferguson's hunt for that 20th league title.

Team News

Manchester United will be without Wayne Rooney as the striker continues his recovery from a gashed leg, however Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa have been declared fit after the pair picked up knocks on international duty. At the back, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have been ruled out and new signing Alexander Buttner faces a race for fitness as he recovers from an injury sustained in a midweek friendly against Stalybridge Celtic. David de Gea could also miss Saturday's game, with Anders Lindegaard ready to deputise once again. The Latics have almost got a full roster to choose from, with the exception of Jean Beausejour and Antolin Alcaraz who are doubtful.

Preview

Roberto Martinez arrives at Old Trafford after steering his side away from relegation once again, thanks largely to some big results at the end of last season. One of them, which Sir Alex Ferguson was clearly embarrassed by, was a 1-0 victory over United. Shaun Maloney crashed home a late winner for The Latics as elsewhere Manchester City beat West Brom 4-0, effectively handing the momentum to City in what would be a successful end to the league season. United are currently going through an injury crisis but Ferguson won't let that be an excuse. After a poor end to the 2012 campaign the Scot promised fans that he would do everything he could to ensure his team won the majority of their games this term. However, with Wigan buoyed by their last result against today's opponents it could be a tricky task for the reds' back four to keep them at bay.

Statistics

Wigan have lost 14 of their 15 games against Man Utd, winning the other one last season. United have only lost two of their last 41 league games at Old Trafford, winning 36 of them. Wigan have only lost two of their last nine league games. But The Latics have failed to score in eight of their last 10 matches against

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