EPL Preview: Wigan v. Manchester United

Daniel GoochAnalyst IMay 13, 2009

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 14:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United evades the challenge of Lee Cattermole of Wigan Athletic during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on January 14, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

It's Manchester United's chance to go six points clear of Liverpool as they play Wigan.

The main concern for Alex Ferguson is his two defenders, Rio Ferdinand (calf) and Jonny Evans (hamstring). They will undergo a fitness test today to see if they will be able to play.

Wigan have also got a few problems on the pitch. They will be without striker Amr Zaki (knee) and may have to do without Chris Kirkland who has been outstanding for them this season but is suffering from a back pain. If he is unable to start, Richard Kingston will deputise for the club.

It is a big game for United as they only need to collect four points from their remaining three games to be crowned champions. If they win today then they could clinch the title at home against Arsenal.



Last season United won this fixture 2-0 at the JJB Stadium, and got the points to retain the title. This time United could have one hand on the cup before meeting Arsenal. 

United have won their last six games, whereas Wigan are looking for their first victory in six.

The last eight league and cup games between these clubs have ended up with United being victorious every time.

Both Managers, Steve Bruce and Sir Alex Ferguson, share the same birthday (31st December).