Manchester City vs. Wigan: Biggest Storylines to Follow from 2013 FA Cup Final
As we've come to expect throughout the years, the FA Cup Final once again provided plenty of drama as Wigan Athletic scored a stunning 1-0 upset over Manchester City.
The 2012 league champions were largely expected to cruise to victory over the relegation-threatened Latics, but after some strong defense, substitute Ben Watson was able to head home in injury time to give Wigan their first FA Cup win in history.
There were plenty of big talking points on the day and much to be learned from the game itself. However, this result also shed plenty of light on the future and provided plenty of fascinating storylines to follow in the weeks ahead. Read on to see the biggest storylines to emerge from Wigan's victory.
What Does the Win Mean for Wigan's EPL Future?
As crazy as it seems, Wigan Athletic are the only club in league history not to have been relegated from the top flight. And up until three weeks ago, it seemed more than likely that the Latics would be ending that streak with relegation from the Premier League this season.
However, they've only been defeated in one of their last three now and stand a great chance to avoid the drop if they can pick up points in their last two games—especially now that they have an FA Cup title to inspire them in 2013.
The Latics are currently three points behind Newcastle United and Norwich City and four points behind Southampton. They'll likely need to win both games, therefore, over the remainder of the season (and pray for some good results to fall their way also), but survival is definitely possible this year.
Their FA Cup title will, no doubt, give them plenty of confidence and self-belief that they can triumph over the top teams such as Arsenal this weekend. Whether that confidence will be enough to avoid the drop or not still remains to be seen.
So What Does That Mean for Roberto Martinez's Future?
The question that then must be asked is how the win impacts the future of Wigan manager Roberto Martinez. The Latics boss was coming under growing pressure earlier regarding the performances of his team and therefore the security of his job, but with a win here, who knows what lies ahead.
You'd have to think that the biggest question will be about survival.
If Martinez can keep his team above the drop zone and somehow avoid relegation for another season, you'd have to think his future at the DW Stadium is safe.
He might not necessarily want that to be the case—having been linked with a possible move to replace David Moyes at Everton—but it seems he may well remain at his current club. After all, he did just win them their first FA Cup title in club history.
And What About Roberto Mancini's?
As calm as the rumors around Martinez's future might seem, don't be surprised to see this loss put even further pressure on Roberto Mancini to be fired from City.
It's completely over-the-top and a strange reaction given the success he had just last season in winning the Premier League title, but the reality is that Mancini hasn't had that many good seasons with the club, and that this team should be winning titles every single year.
Does Roberto Mancini deserve to stay at Manchester City?
They lost every game in the Champions League and were just defeated by the 18th-placed Wigan Athletic in an FA Cup Final. If that doesn't spark even more rumors about where Mancini's future at the Etihad, then I'm not sure what will, because it really hasn't been a great season for the Italian boss.
AFP reports that the manager snapped at the media after his loss on Saturday when asked about the rumors of Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini replacing him—showing that he's clearly under pressure at the moment and could very well be let go by the club over the summer as a result.
Only time will tell.
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