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Manchester United v Wigan Athletic: match preview - 04 Jul 2015 16:58


[[html]]Manchester United (Probable, 4-4-2): Lindegaard; Valencia, Smalling, Evans, Evra; Nani, Jones, Carrick, Giggs; Rooney, Hernandes.<br><br>Out: Young, Vidic, Anderson (all knee), Ferdinand (foot), Cleverly, Gibson (both ankle), Fletcher (bowel condition), Fabio (hamstring), Owen (thigh). <br><br>Wigan (Probable, 4-4-2): Al Habsi; Stam, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Gomez, McCarthy, Diame, Jones; Moses, Sammon.<br><br>Out: Kirkland (back).<br><br><a href="">Classical Boxing Videos</a><br><br>Test: Gohouri (illness), McCarthy (unspecified). <br><br>Team News<br><br>Phil Jones has been given the all-clear to face Wigan after X-rays revealed the teenager did not suffer a broken cheekbone when he was caught by Clint Dempsey in the first-half of a 5-0 win at Fulham on Wednesday. <br><br>It is a welcome piece of good news for United, who have been ravaged by injury in recent weeks and who will be missing Ashley Young with a knee injury for an extended spell. <br><br>Young joins an extensive casualty list that is easing slightly with the recovery of Brazilian fullback Rafael from a hamstring injury but not as quickly as Ferguson would have hoped at this congested phase of the season. <br><br>Wigan manager Roberto Martinez will assess defender Steve Gohouri and striker Hugo Rodallega before deciding on his squad to travel to Manchester United on Boxing Day. <br><br>Rodallega picked up a heavy knock during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Chelsea, but played against Liverpool in midweek and he will be checked again to ensure he is suffering no after-effects. <br><br>James McCarthy is also expected to be available despite also suffering a knock against Liverpool. <br><br>Match Notes<br><br>Despite Wigan's desperate record against United, Roberto Martinez's team has started to hit their best form of the season so they will at least travel to Old Trafford with hope of ending their woeful run against the champions. <br><br>United, despite their growing list of injuries, rarely lose on Boxing Day and, given the way they took Fulham apart, Sir Alex Ferguson will be confident that his team are unlikely to slip up in this one. <br><br>Betting: Home 3-20, Away 11-1, Draw 5-1. <br><br>Stat of the game: Manchester United have played Wigan 12 times in the League and have won them all. <br><br>Mark Ogden's prediction: Manchester United 3 Wigan Athletic 0 <br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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