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Wigan Athletic faces Manchester United at DW Stadium and Wigan is looking to come away with points after an impressive win over a struggling Aston Villa team.
For Wigan and manager Roberto Martinez, they will surely be confident after the 3-0 defeat of Villa on Saturday. The club has no new injury worries ahead of the showdown with Premier League leaders Manchester United at the DW Stadium, but the side is still missing several key players.
Midfielders Ben Watson, Albert Crusat, Ryo Miyaichi and defender Adrian Lopez will all be sidelined for this match due to injury.
Wigan will be focused on coming away will at least one point and should they do so, they would consider it a minor victory against the juggernauts of United.
The club currently rests one point above the relegation zone, having played one more game than fellow strugglers Southampton, who are currently in the second-to-last position.
History might not be on the Latics' side, as Manchester United has only failed to win once in 16 matches against Wigan with the clubs solitary win coming last season. But Wigan might have righted the ship after the club ended a run of six winless games after beating Aston Villa on Saturday, which also happened to be their second-largest ever away result in the Premier League.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United this season at times have looked unstoppable and currently have a firm grasp on the top spot in the league.
Untied will welcome the return of full-back Rafael who is expected to feature after four-match absence with a hamstring injury. Phil Jones is also rumored to be available as Ferguson readies for a club that beat him last year.
Ferguson revealed that Michael Carrick was a bit tired after Saturday's win at West Brom and could rest him this match while Robin van Persie is set to start.
Kickoff for the match is at 10:00 a.m. and can be watched online here.