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United vs Wigan: Preview

So we take on Wigan today in a post-noon kick off. It’s one team we’ve had good results against in recent times. So one would hope that, against a team with such a wretched away record as them, (and us, with such an outstanding home record this season) there could be only one possible result in this game.

But let’s keep our feet on the ground for the moment, shall we?

Wigan are far removed from the team that punched well above its weight in its first season in the Premier League. Back then it had some great attacking players with Paul Jewell managing the team quite well. Last season, having lost some of their star performers, they just about managed to avoid relegation on the last day of the season.

This time round, they have lost some more of their big players, most notably Leighton Baines, and have a new manager at the helm.

We are doing rather well defensively, and have a 100% home record, so far. I wouldn’t expect that to be broken today, but funnier things have happened. We struggled to overcome an organised Reading side that has, of late, shipped plenty of goals — last week against Pompey they allowed seven! So we would do well to understand that teams kick up a notch – in motivation levels and intensity – when they face us.

That said, realistically speaking, it should be a game where we can rediscover the flair and swagger of last season. (Although, ideally, Derby County would be the game for that.) Granted, our midfield could now seem a little stretched with the absence of Hargreaves and Carrick, but O’Shea should be handy enough to do the job against the Latics.

I’d expect the same 4-4-2 side that was put out against Roma. I believe Brown would be back, although there are doubts. Otherwise Pique could deputise. That said, I’ve heard a lot of fans wanting Pique to play in the defensive midfield, instead of O’Shea. I don’t remember seeing him play in a defensive midfield position, so, my fellow-men, kindly care to jog my memories.

In attack I would expect Saha and Rooney to start (although I wouldn’t be surprised if Tevez started instead of the Frenchman.) Ronaldo, who promised he would be beautiful again, would start on the right, and I suppose SAF might persist with Nani against Wigan; these are the sort of games you’d expect Nani to feature in. Meanwhile, the time spent away from the starting line-up should help Giggs sort himself out and get back to his best.

I also heard Fergie talk about Anderson being an option. I don’t quite agree with some of the stick he’s been getting from certain quarters, questioning his quality. True, he hasn’t completely justified his price tag. But then it was known, when we bought him, that he wouldn’t play a significant part this season and due to his return from a horrific injury; it would always take him sometime before he finds his feet. We did see some encouraging signs in the Roma game. Hopefully he does come good.

Back to the game, though. Giggs might also be an option in central midfield. I wouldn’t be too worried about this situation. It must be remembered that a midfield duo of Giggs and O’Shea/Fletcher played a significant part in the second half of the 05/06 season, when Scholes was out with blurred vision, and we still finished ahead of supposed stronger midfields of Liverpool and Arsenal.

So there it is. Hopefully we do manage to win and win well. Although I would take a 1-0 win, given we aren’t necessarily having the best of midfields at the moment.

Prediction: 2-0 to United. (Ronaldo, Rooney to score)



  1. Taehr

    6 October 2007 at 11:01

    Hope anderson starts really do.giggs cant play in midfield for me.hes become far too slow

  2. dan un-official liaison

    6 October 2007 at 12:00

    i hope both nani and anderson start, or giggs in the center and anderson on the left

  3. sunny

    6 October 2007 at 12:00

    dont you think a central partnership of scholes and giggs would be too slow?

  4. Matt

    6 October 2007 at 12:07

    I agree that giggs has become too slow to play wide, but I think he would do very well in central midfield. I think he would be at the start of a lot of united’s attacking raids, as his distribution and reading of the game is first class. Agaist weaker opposition a central pairing of giggs and scholes would work quite fine, but it would struggle against better oposition as our ability to win the ball and defend would be quite limited.

  5. B

    6 October 2007 at 12:29

    pique right back, oshea CM w/scholes, giggs on the left, and tevez instead of saha (it was always going to be tevez starting today, maradona is at OT as man utd’s guest)…. lets go red devils!!!! good game guys

  6. dan un-official liaison

    6 October 2007 at 12:36 at it again, saha has just pulled out

  7. dan un-official liaison

    6 October 2007 at 12:38

    i think he just summed up his season, so whos gonna take his place on the bench

  8. dan un-official liaison

    6 October 2007 at 12:39

    eagles takes his place

  9. B

    6 October 2007 at 12:41

    lol, i cant beleive it, everytime he speaks in the press about being back to his best and thanks fergie for his patience, he gets injured again, WTF??????????????????

  10. dan un-official liaison

    6 October 2007 at 13:37

    2 injuries already, from a glance i dont think there long term, they’ll be back next week, promising performance by our youn guns, the tevez and rooney partnership is excellent, so close to being a goal tevez. its really a tale of injuries, its like mr.glasses disease has spread across the team

  11. sunny

    6 October 2007 at 13:41

    just plain bad luck with the injuries.i think we could go ahead by
    2 goals by halftime, if the injuries hadn’t occured.just loved
    Tevez.Everytime we start play well,something interrupts

  12. sunny

    6 October 2007 at 13:43

    right.having tevez and rooney in your side is a dream

  13. Ollie Y

    6 October 2007 at 13:59

    better in the second half

  14. dan un-official liaison

    6 October 2007 at 14:01

    get in there tevez

  15. B

    6 October 2007 at 14:02

    TTTTEEEEEEEVVVVVVEEEEZZZZZZ! WHAT A GOAL!!! anderson is starting to prove the critics wrong,, yES!!!

  16. Ollie Y

    6 October 2007 at 14:02


  17. Ollie Y

    6 October 2007 at 14:04

    FOR GOODNESS SAKE!!!!!!!! WE HAVE HAD ATLEAST 2 CLEAR PENALTY APPEALS NONE GIVEN! I mean Evra just had a appeal there.

  18. Ollie Y

    6 October 2007 at 14:06


  19. Ollie Y

    6 October 2007 at 14:07


  20. ebrahim

    6 October 2007 at 14:17

    tevez goal was a great goal.

  21. ebrahim

    6 October 2007 at 14:20

    ronaldo goal.not in english

  22. dan un-official liaison

    6 October 2007 at 14:23

    united are back bitches

  23. Ollie Y

    6 October 2007 at 14:24

    ronaldo again 3-0 3-0 3-03

  24. ebrahim

    6 October 2007 at 14:25

    3-0 ronaldo score again

  25. ebrahim

    6 October 2007 at 14:29

    4-0 u r back to their old self

  26. nick

    6 October 2007 at 14:30

    Rooney rooney rooney rooney! We’re back!

    ronaldo hatrick please!

  27. Harry

    6 October 2007 at 14:33

    4-0!! Ebrahim do you have links to the 3rd and 4th goal, thanks!!

  28. ebrahim

    6 October 2007 at 14:36

    3rd goal
    u can go this website
    sign up to the forum
    go to the videos and click on england and u will see the man u link

  29. Ollie Y

    6 October 2007 at 14:38

    a brilliant second half performance

  30. ebrahim

    6 October 2007 at 14:39

  31. adil alhinai

    6 October 2007 at 14:48

    great second half performance, 1st half, lets not talk about it, finally the goals have come in, and anderson had a decent game to, but he was walking around way too much, nevertheless, hes starting to prove critics wrong, come on u reds

  32. joninjapan

    6 October 2007 at 14:48

    shoulda had seven at least

    but damn wigan played shite defense and toothless offense

    i dont remember them being this bad

  33. sunny

    6 October 2007 at 14:51

    please don’t doubt anderson anymore. the team will benefit immensly
    from 30 minutes of play without any pressure(being 2 goals up). who
    is the best player 4 u today?

  34. dan un-official liaison

    6 October 2007 at 14:54

    pique was great, simpson was excellent in the right-back roll, neville needs to watch simpson is better than brown and should be second choice, pique was excellent all-round, nani needs to shape up, anderson is showing us what he can do, notice when giggs and scholes are playing well we play well…hmmmm.

  35. R...

    6 October 2007 at 14:57

    Some things are clear now: anderson’s position is in the middle of the park. Koushack(?) should play more games. There is a good amount talent in pique and danny simpson, especially the latter’s pace and skill was very encouraging. And what were they saying about Tevez and Rooney? If anything united require is confidence, not a front man.

  36. sunny

    6 October 2007 at 15:06

    united are back

  37. squaretan

    6 October 2007 at 15:10

    4-0! ^^ One game will not make Anderson a great player but take nothing away from him as he had a good game. For Match report, visit Good days Red Devils!

  38. dan un-official liaison

    6 October 2007 at 15:12

    we should be chanting MR.GLASS saha MR.GLASS saha MR.GLASS MR.GLASS SAHA if he drops his broken, and hell never be the again.

    in january/summer do a trade and money for huntlaar.

  39. indianpunk

    6 October 2007 at 15:36

    oh we have a lot to talk about todays game but sadly my health aint good enough today saw the game in bits and pieces but hell we are back tevez is back to his standard’s rooneys get a free hit and ronny shows his class with giggs scholes doing the possesion part completeing the top class team of ours

    And yes youngster’s did stood up nicely in the need of time but lets not fly above the ground were standing on and hope we continue this run
    and hope or injuries problems get sorted sooner

    Pique , simpson,anderson,nani all look good for the future

    On the silly front saw ronny hiding his blacked out left eye from the cameraa fter the final wistle cheelky little flirt ur girlfrnds are still gonna like u playboy

    Overall a classy 2nd half performance lets forget the 1st half i give the benefit of doubt on it coz we had a bit too many breaks and coul’nt get into any rythm

    Oh yes special kudos to the defence department and specially the back 4 our clean sheets are very much due to their clean tackles and strong physical presence on the field

    There only one united and hell we rock

    Ebrahim thanks for the goal links

  40. dan un-official liaison

    6 October 2007 at 15:57

    MR.GLASS saha MR.GLASS saha MR.GLASS MR.GLASS SAHA if he drops he’s broken, and hell never be the same again.

  41. Lateefx

    12 October 2007 at 06:25

    Tevez was masterful, Ronaldo’s support crucial, and Rooney’s background presence locked it in. Check out this site for video highlights of Tevez’ goals:

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